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Patriotism in America is the love for or devotion to America. Patriotism represents people
who love this country and support the country's authority and interests. American
patriotism does not only mean an unquestioning loyalty to the decisions of the United
States government. Patriotism is staring unblinkingly into the face of history. It is to
acknowledge the injustices and cruelties that have been a part of the nation's history, as
well as the marvelous accomplishments. It is, most of all, to have a dream of the United
States as a country of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality to all of its people, and
to admit that the dream is not yet reality; that work is still required. In this time, it
appears that American Patriotism is waning. Many Americans seem unappreciative of
America's precious national heritage and the great price which so many paid for it.
Americans seem ignorant of the principles of American government and the spiritual
foundations of the nation. They seem unaware of the truth of the saying: "To be born free
is a great privilege; to die free is a great responsibility." Likewise: "Any government
big enough to give a person everything is big enough to take away everything." That
ignorance seems especially true of many young Americans, who have not known great hardship
or imminent danger to their freedom. It has been said that youth are twenty percent of the
population but one hundred percent of the future. Therefore, if the youth of America do
not have a vital understanding of what this nation is about, in a few generations there
will not be an America. The future of America is principled around patriotism. American
Patriotism helps reawaken the American Spirit across the land so that the best of this
country's heritage is publicly recognized and reasserted as the basis of our local, state,
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