Sunday, July 04, 2010

Authentic patriotism

VPR's Vermont Edition has a great interview with Stephen Kiernan, author of the book Authentic Patriotism: Restoring America's Founding Ideals Through Selfless Action.

On this Independence Day, it's a timely reminder that patriotism is more than superficial, shallow gestures like waving a flag or wearing a lapel pin or mouthing words. Patriotism means love of country. And true love doesn't mean just saying things, it means doing things.

We Americans have a tendency to think patriotism can only be expressed by joining the armed forces or revering those who do. In fact, any one who acts, in ways big or small, to make their country and community better is a patriot.

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