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Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Roadside America: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Sean Whitson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Travel
Sean Whitson

We could see the wonder in his eyes, and in the eyes of the two other toddlers there that afternoon. Thankfully, they couldn't see the nostalgia in ours.

The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Nan Levinson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

A President's Speech, A Fraternity's Rant

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There was Oklahoma. But then there's Selma...

Dear GOP Senate Saboteurs, Obama Derangement Syndrome Is Not a Strategy

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) won't work out any better for Republicans in 2016 than ABB (Anyone But Bush) did for Democrats in 2004. Voters still expect you to stand for something not just against whatever the president of the opposing party is doing.

Patriotism, Religion, Obama

Herb Silverman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

I'm interested in why people ask these questions, and how their answers of "No" or "I don't know" reveal more about the questioners than about Obama. I'm also interested in how such people respond to these two questions: What is a patriot? What is a Christian?

No Political Ideology Has a Monopoly on Patriotism

Rich Rubino | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

By and large, Americans have come to believe, although erroneously, that Patriotism is tantamount to support for the Constitutional system of government and the policies instituted by the government. In truth, an American Patriot can love his/her country while opposing the polices of the government.

Do You Really Love America? Take This Test and Find Out

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.03.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

People who want to lead their country, in all likelihood, love their country. I wouldn't want to lead something I don't love. That's why I never ran for president of soccer or humidity or the Kardashians.

'Ida' and False Controversy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.02.2015 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."

This Is Not a Horrible Thing to Say

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The notion that Barack Obama doesn't "love America" is preposterous on its face. He loves this country enough to retain confidence that it can live up to its ideals, even when it has strayed furthest from them.

My War on Terror

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We Americans usually reserve the more kindly word "patriot" for ourselves and use "nationalist" to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the extreme, it's "superpatriot" for us and "ultranationalist" for them.

Boehner's and Bibi's Blunders 'Liberate' U.S. Foreign Policy from NeoCons

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now, thanks to Speaker Boehner, the Republicans have no credibility or standing on national security. None, zero, zorch, nada. The next time you hear a Republican bleating about national security, you can have a good laugh.

What Happened to Rudy?

Lawrence Korb | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

The clear implication of the former mayor's comments is that, unlike President Obama, Giuliani is a patriot and loves America. However, examining his actions it is clear that Rudy Giuliani avoided every chance he had to be a real patriot and serve his country.

Is the New AP Test Really Too Liberal?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 02.27.2015 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Why all the conservative fuss? While we admit that it's been a long time since we've taken any tests other than a breathalyzer, we took one of the "sample" AP tests online to see for ourselves. Liberal bias? Really?

Is Media the Problem? The Giuliani Story That Never Should Have Been

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.24.2015 | Media
Stuart Muszynski

It used to be that we heard negative speech and attack language only on talk radio the likes of Larry Elder and Rush Limbaugh. Now, that's the steady diet that the media doles out to Americans every day, from all news sources.

Obama's Real Crime: Treating Americans Like Adults

Spencer Critchley | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Here's what really gets Giuliani and the others. Obama is breaking the unwritten law of modern conservative politics: At all times, you must treat Americans like children.

Patriotism Reconsidered

William S. Becker | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

It is tempting to dismiss Rudy Giuliani's recent judgment about President Barack Obama's love of country as a sign that America's Mayor will say almost anything to get back in the spotlight. We should not give Giuliani and his unapologetic lack of respect for a sitting president more attention than they deserve.

The Presidency and Moral Courage

Terry Newell | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Would it be easier for the president to hop aboard the "let's kill Islamic terrorists" bandwagon? Of course. It would be popular, understandable, and a political rallying cry for a president who could use all the support he can get. That he refuses to take that route in his public comments is, even if you think he is wrong, an example of moral courage.

America's Love of War

George Elerick | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
George Elerick

There has been a lot of controversy about the movie and its content, not to mention anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments by thoughtless leftists and conservatives. The main issue is that we not make this about one particular party line, because in doing so, it distracts us from what is hiding in plain sight: America's love of war.

Stop Being Indian-American!?!

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Parthiv N. Parekh

Ultimately, this is not just about righteousness, but also about deciding which is a more desirable society: one that is bland, insular, parochial and monolithic. Or, one that is dynamic, diverse, colorful and inviting (such as... well, the United States of America)?

Obama, Ansari And The Patriotism Of India Muslims

Ali Khan Mahmudabad | Posted 04.01.2015 | India
Ali Khan Mahmudabad

The fact is that the only reason the Vice President has been targeted is because he is Muslim. Sushma Swaraj, minister of external affairs, and Rajnath Singh, the home minister, were both also present during the ceremony and neither saluted the flag.

Europe's New Frontier: From Social Democracy to Governance That Fits

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

While the West has taken for granted the cultural complexity it has built over the centuries, it should not assume that everyone is ready to assimilate into it without proper guidance.

American Sniper and the Fetishization of Patriotism

Nate Jara | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Nate Jara

These kinds of films overwhelmingly contribute to the commodification and the fetishization of patriotism that often force people to choose not to voice criticisms for fear of being called unpatriotic.

Seth Rogen Made a Joke About a Movie, Which Means He Must Hate America

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.23.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

On Fox News, the most unpatriotic thing you can do, aside from supporting the President of the United States, is to criticize a war movie. Now actor Seth Rogen is being heavily criticized for a tweet he posted.

America in 5 Words

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.15.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

We're funnier than North Korea.