Special to the Mirror by Chas Cornweller
There is a vast difference between being a Patriot and being a Nationalist. If you don’t know the difference between the two, then might I suggest you are being played by this present administration. So, what is the difference between the two? Let’s have a look at their definitions…
1. Patriot: n. a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
2. Nationalist: n. a person who advocates political independence for a country; a person with strong patriotic feelings, especially one who believes in the superiority of their country over others.
Subtle yet distinct. And you are probably saying there is really no difference. But, there is a slight difference between the two. One strongly (vigorously) SUPPORTS their country and is prepared to defend it against its enemies. The other has strong patriotic FEELINGS and believe in the SUPERIORITY of their country over others. One is prepared to die for his or her country. The other just advocates its superior nature, aggressively. Which leads me to my point.
What is Fascism? Here is the definition according to Webster.
3. Fascism: n. a governmental system lead by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive NATIONALISM and often racism.
So, the next time I see a post telling me that any number means of protest are un-patriotic and un-American, I will assume that post was created and shared by Nationalist. The next time I see a post blaming the woes of America on the past administration, I will also assume that post was created and shared by a Nationalist. The next time I am asked whether the national anthem should be sung at any sports event, in schools, during parades, at church, before weddings/bar mitzvahs/christenings, during beer commercials or at my funeral; I will assume that, that person asking, is a Nationalist. And the next time a liberal minded male is compared to our present White House stooge for their transgressions or outright disgusting acts against others, I will assume that person doing the comparing is a Nationalist. And finally, the next time someone says to me, My Country, right or wrong, I will always love America and if you don’t like what we have here, then you can leave; that person will be seen as a Nationalist.
The actual quote is from Carl Schurz and is stated as such: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right”, in response to Stephen Decatur’s original statement of; “Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be right, but our country, right or wrong. So…before you use this quote…yeah.
Nationalist want to believe that this country is the greatest country in the world. Patriots know that is just not so, and we’ve lost our way. Patriots know we’ve been misled by our leadership for many, many years. We have strayed from the ideal that is America. We have borne the sins of the powerful and have been led astray as we reckoned with those sins over many, many years. The powerful could give a damn about you and me. As long as we provide the wealth (through untenable wage earning and taxes), the soldiers to fight their wars (with our sons and now our daughters) and continue to follow blindly their side to side/up and down political rhetoric as they ramp up the NATIONALISTIC call to arms, while gutting our Treasury, our Social Security and societal safety nets and our hard-earned World collateral/security we’d fought so hard for and acquired prior to, during and just after World War two. You see, they are counting on our Patriotism to eventually turn into Nationalism. And for many, that has already occurred. We have had an oligarchy (Very wealthy, powerful, influential white men) running the show for some time now, so the concept of a Constitutional Republic is pretty much a moot point. The next step is to morph the populace into a blinded, spiritually poor, materialistic grabbing mob, salivating over the few scraps left; while the powerful slowly turn their fevered love of country into a dangerous juggernaut of nationalism, hatred, weapons, and war. The final step? I think you already know that.
So, ask yourself. Patriot or Nationalist? Which are you? If you truly search your own heart, you will find your answer there. I did and I found these playing there. Starting with: God Bless America, land that I love. Stand beside her and guide her through the night with a light from above. And then this: Oh beautiful, for heroes proved, in liberating strife. Who more than self, our country loved…and mercy more than life. America, America, God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.