July 7, 2000
In the days surrounding the Fourth of July we hear much
talk about patriotism. We have parades, fireworks,
flag waving, speeches in praise of our country, etc. Phrases
like 'the greatest nation that has ever been' and
'the land of liberty' are heard often in the course of
conversation. We have a grand celebration of Independence
Day and feelings of patriotism stir many a heart.
Unfortunately, there is little understanding of what truly
constitutes patriotism. In the minds of most people
patriotism is 'rooting' for my country like I might 'root'
for my team at a football or basketball game. It is typified
by comments like, "Despite its many faults this is
still the greatest nation on earth." (with the
implication that I will therefore blindly follow). My
friends, these things do not constitute patriotism.
Let me tell you what constitutes patriotism.
The true American patriot is the one who:
· Strives to defend and uphold the
Constitution of the United States. That means, by
the way, that a patriot is one that knows what that
· Is willing to point out the fact that
the government in power in Washington DC is
illegitimate and illegal (despite having been
elected) because it operates mostly outside of
the constraints placed on it by the Constitution.
· Recognizes that this country is
supposed to be a confederacy of sovereign states
for whom the federal government is supposed
to provide those services outlined in the
Constitution - and nothing more!
· Understands that the states ARE NOT
subdivisions of the federal government and that they
ought to stop acting like they are.
· Recognizes that it is not "majority
rule' but "rule of law" (the Constitution) that
· Calls for liberty to be returned to the
people rather than taken and turned over to global
· Understands that freedom is a figment of
our collective imagination when most working people
spend nearly half the year in involuntary
servitude to the government.
· Recognizes that God, and not the
government, is our Provider.
· Knows that national liberty is a gift
from God for "Blessed is the nation whose God is the
Lord...." PSA 33:12 and for the individual liberty
is found in "If therefore the Son shall make you
free, you shall be free indeed." JOH 8:36.
· Is often familiar with the following
quotations and always familiar with the sentiments
o The essence of all slavery
consists in taking the produce of another's
labor by force. It is immaterial whether
this force be founded upon ownership of the
slave or ownership of the money that he must
get to live. - Leo Tolstoy
o With respect to our State and
federal governments, I do not think their
relations correctly understood by
foreigners. They generally suppose the
former subordinate to the latter. But this
is not the case. They are co-ordinate
departments of one simple and integral
whole. - Thomas Jefferson
o God who gave us life, gave us
liberty at the same time. Can the liberties
of a nation be secure when we have removed
their only sure basis, a conviction in the
minds of the people that those liberties are
the gift of God? - Thomas Jefferson
o The remaining revenue on the
consumption of foreign luxuries to domestic
comforts, being collected on our seaboard
and frontiers only, and incorporated with
the transactions of our mercantile citizens,
it may be the pleasure and the pride of
an American to ask, What farmer, what
merchant, what laborer ever sees a tax
gatherer of the United States? - Thomas
for more Jefferson quotes)
Simply put, the patriot is the one who recognizes that
what we have in America today is a gross corruption of the
free nation we are supposed to be. Some (perhaps many) would
say that I tarnish the memory of those that died for freedom
by denigrating the state of our nation today. I say
that to blindly and willingly enter into bondage to
tyrannical government is to tarnish that memory. It is time
to change our thinking. Let us renounce blind loyalty to
tyranny and return to the concepts that founded what once
was, and can be again, the greatest nation God has ever
established on this earth.
Mark Twain once said, "In the beginning of change, the
Patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his
cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it
costs nothing to be a patriot." Are there any true
patriots out there?