James wrote:On one hand, I think it is important for people to question and challenge their government. If they are to be a voice which has an impact in a government—a voice beyond the leadership whatever form it may take—they must be willing to think for themselves and recognize that their government can, in fact, do wrong. Here in the US there's a good chunk of the population who would view such a thing as despicable and unpatriotic, but I think a country should earn someone's patriotism.
That said, in many cases it is very easy to get the wrong idea of what is happening in one's own government/country—especially when those actions don't help people out. Much of that can be born of corruption, greed, or other evils, but sometimes it can also be born of necessity. A government about to go bankrupt, for example, doesn't get to make popular choices. It's a tricky slope. All we can do is learn as much as we can, but ultimately we can only act on what we know and believe.
IbragimSheripov wrote:Nationalism and patriotism both show the relationship of an individual towards his or her nation. The two are often confused and frequently believed to mean the same thing. However, there is a vast difference between nationalism and patriotism. Nationalism means to give more importance to unity by way of a cultural background, including language and heritage. Patriotism pertains to the love for a nation, with more emphasis on values and beliefs.
WeiWenDi wrote:I tend to be far more sceptical of democracy than most Americans are, and having read the Federalist Papers I tend to ascribe these as features of our system rather than bugs.
WeiWenDi wrote:All that having been said, I love America's people and land the way I love my family (and for the same reasons), and I truly don't want to see them come to harm. Most people in the US, even the most radical ones who are most critical of the government, likely feel the same way. The above attitudes are wholly consistent with this, I feel - since the greater long-term harms to the American people are more likely to come from its own elites than from any foreign threat.
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