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Being patriotic is a lifetime commitment

 

With the World C dominating the media, American patriotism has been at a high the last two weeks, while chants such as “USA,” frequented Facebook statuses and face-to-face conversations. 

While this has been fun, and a good way to show patriotism, what will happen to the enthusiasm now that the United States has been sent home by Ghana? When the world returns to regular programming and daily routines, the patriotism felt the last two weeks will die, only to be revived during the 2012 Olympics.

ABC reported that 13 million Americans tuned into the June 12 World C game between America and England. The game between America and Ghana on June 26 drew 19.4 million viewers, making the match the most watched in history, topping the 1994 World C match between Brazil and Italy, according to www.tvbythenumbers.com. 

How many of these people have any idea of the state primary elections that have been and are taking place? How many of those people know that General David H. Petraeus has replaced General Stanley A. McChrystal as top commander in Afghanistan?

Americans, including students at BYU-Idaho, need to carry that patriotism on and do something with it. Channel some of this energy into cultivating true patriotism by keeping dated on what is happening in this country. 

Politician Adlai Stevenson said, “Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

Patriotism dies when citizens forget what makes this country great.

What makes this country great is not just Landon Donovan scoring the game-winning goal; it’s a combination of the country’s history, the political and technological advances and the opportunities that are waiting to be grasped. 

Those that came before us, the present day population and the future citizens of America are what make this country great. It’s the servicemen and the average citizen – it’s you. It’s you and the ability you have to learn and to vote for those you feel will best represent your beliefs.

The United States of America demands respect. It’s OK to disagree with policies leaders hold, but don’t just sit back and complain. Be patriotic and take initiative. 

Questioning authority, with a level of respect, is in its very nature patriotic. If you don’t like the way your government is working, stand and go to work. 

Learn the history, learn the laws, live the laws. Take time to vote or run for office. 

Lieutenant Nathan Hale of the Continental Army said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” 

If you’re not willing to die for your country, live for it.

 

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