Are you a patriot?
With July 4th coming up, the question of what "patriotism" means to us as Americans is weighing on many minds, including Robert Reich's.
In a recent blog post on Huffington Post Reich argues that for many Americans, patriotism has become more about playing partisan politics rather than coming together for the common good. He argues that "regressives" in Washington claim to want to "preserve and protect" America, but instead of protecting our system of government many of them show every sign of wanting to be rid of it.
In short, Reich believes that regressives in Congress have substituted partisanship for patriotism, putting party loyalty above loyalty to America. For example, the GOP's highest-ranking member of Congress has said his "number one aim" is to unseat President Obama. Reich writes:
When arguing against paying their fair share of taxes, wealthy regressives claim "it's my money." But it's their nation, too. And unless they pay their share America can't meet the basic needs of our people. True patriotism means paying for America. So when regressives talk about "preserving and protecting" the nation, be warned: They mean securing our borders, not securing our society. Within those borders, each of us is on our own. They don't want a government that actively works for all our citizens.
So when did extreme partisanship turn into so-called "patriotism," and when did allegiance to ideologies trump a love of country? Does true patriotism mean paying for America as Reich says? We want to hear from you.
Watch above a video discussion with Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, and former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, and Huffington Post's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.