Peace and Patriotism Are Not Related
By: J.J. Jackson
Sometimes I take a look around at what items and slogans liberals are using to express themselves. I admit that I like a good laugh and liberals seem always able to provide one. So I was perusing a couple left wing websites with goods to sell and I noticed one selling cute little bumper stickers with the slogan â€œPeace is Patrioticâ€. So I got my good laugh for the day.
The sloganeering by the left really gets absurd sometimes. Iâ€™ve never seen a group of people so desperate to win support for their opinions that they resort to tying two completely unrelated concepts together to gather that support as the modern American left. â€œPeace is Patrioticâ€ is about as idiotic of a slogan as I have seen. And that includes how they hurl the epithet â€œChickenhawkâ€ and â€œHitlerâ€ at any one of the vast majority of Americans who support the war on terror but have not served in the military.
Forget the fact that a â€œchickenhawkâ€ is a vicious predator that defends its territory with rabid ferocity from intruders. To the left it means whatever they decide it means. Also forget that Hitler was a rabid left winger and socialist determined to control people much like they do. To them â€œHitlerâ€ is anyone that stands up for America and against them. They are good at redefining words to suit them.
As for â€œPeace is Patrioticâ€, patriotism is the act of loving oneâ€™s country. A patriot is someone that stands up for his countrymen; someone that defends the country and its institutions when attacked.
Peace is the act of living along side with your neighbors where each leaves the other alone.
So when your country is attacked and you refuse to defend her but instead advocate â€œpeaceâ€ with an enemy who believes in a way of life so completely counter to that of your country is continuing to press the attack how exactly is that â€œpatrioticâ€? How is it â€œpatrioticâ€ to advocate not fighting back against a culture where there is no such concept of freedom of religion? How is it â€œpatrioticâ€ to advocate not fighting back against a culture that seeks to subjugate women as an inferior class? How is it â€œpatrioticâ€ to not fight back against a culture that believes murdering children is ok as long as you also take out an â€œinfidelâ€ or two?
You are not standing up for the country or the principles of this country in the least. And if you think that you are, I remind you that without people that were actually willing to stand up and fight for this country and go to war you would not be in what we know as the United States of America today.
â€œPeaceâ€ for the sake of â€œpeaceâ€ because you are unwilling to fight once attacked by an enemy so anti-American in its scope is not the least bit â€œpatrioticâ€.
Patriots are the soldiers who continually are enlisting and reenlisting to fight for this country and our allies since September 11th knowing that they are going to be shipped off to a desert somewhere to fight against and be shot at by terrorists. They are the people like some of our founding fathers that took up arms to fight an enemy completely out of sync with the unalienable rights of mankind.
But patriots are also those that support those soldiers and the country without taking up arms. Patriots are not always distinguished by how many of the enemy they killed or the number of bullets they dodged. Founding fathers like Thomas Paine were not renowned for prowess in battle but in the prowess of the pen in rallying the people to the cause. Benjamin Franklin was not a warrior but a diplomat and still considered a patriot because he supported the idea of what would become America.
But you know who were not â€œpatrioticâ€? People like Benedict Arnold who because they felt slighted and wanted power decided that it was better to aid the enemy as well as those people who decided that they would rather live under a king without representation or the simple guarantees of basic liberty for the sake of â€œpeaceâ€. Thatâ€™s who.
So drive around with your â€œPeace is Patrioticâ€ (or whatever idiotic slogan you decide makes you feel better) sticker slapped on your back bumper. America needs a good laugh.
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts The Right Things. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at Liberty Reborn.