Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Patriotic or Hypocritical? A quiz!

I started writing up a clever quiz to help you determine whether you are a patriot or a hypocrite. Clever though it was, I realized that it all boiled down to one or two main points. A quiz with two questions is not a very good quiz, so I decided to switch the format up. I apologize for the misleading title!

In any event since, I dunno, January of this year, there have been a large number of republicans who have been very critical of the president, congress, school, healthcare and whatever else. Okay, so being critical of things does not neccesarily equate being a hypocrite, sure, but this peticular brand of critisism seems a little misguided and boardering on the irrational, misplaced side. It all republicans who make this error; from my observation it's the people who, when they walk into the room, tip the whole house to the right or the people who are republican because it's morally wrong to be a democrat who are guilty of misplacing their casuistic blame.

I'm talking about the people who treat a decision made by a democrat, no matter what the intention or the possible outcome, as being based on a socialist agenda and therefore inherently evil (McCarthyism?).

How is this hypocritical? Regardless of your personal moral or political beleifs, a person who says they believe in the consitution (I choose the constitution for this example because it is pretty well accepted as good) should, inherently, support certain things. When a person says the are patriotic they should recognize that the system of government we have in place is set up to protect the rights of the people. The intrinsic rights of everyone, not just yourself, are to be protected so far as they don't infringe on the rights of anyone else. So far so good?

Where some people seem to drop the ball is when they forget that we live in a democracy. A democracy is, by definition, rule by the people. In our particular brand of democracy the people vote on officials who will represent their ideas and the officials vote together for the nation as a whole. The idea here is that the laws we come up with will be representative of the nation as a whole. Seems pretty straightforward, right?

How, than, can a person claim to love the US Government and reject the laws and elected officials put into place by it? I'm saying disagree with, I'm saying reject.

In my opinion, a person can love or hate candidates to their hearts content, it is their right to do so, but the appropriate time to reject them is voting time. After a president is elected it is impossible to reject them and still believe in the constitution. The way I see it, after election day, if you don't like the results, you can blame the system for being flawed and you can start your campaigning for the next election but if you believe in the constitution, you support your president at that time.

To do anything else would be un-American.

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