Jessica Mondillo’s Blog



Barack Obama: If the American flag isn’t patriotism, what is?

October 5, 2007 

October 2, 2007 Barack Obama publicly commented why he was not wearing a United States flag pin.  According to CNN, Obama said, “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great. Hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism.”

Maybe it’s just me but that statement seems to contradict itself .  Isn’t the flag a symbol of America and patriotism?  I always thought it was.  What a person thinks will make a country great isn’t patriotism, it’s a belief that may or may not be wrong.

Obama also said, “My attitude is that I’m less concerned with what you’re wearing on you lapel than what’s in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those ones who serve.”  I do agree that it is what is in your heart that counts and how you treat a person shows your patriotism. 

But I do not think democrats, in general, show much patriotism or respect towards those who serve (contradictory to Obama’s statement).  Democrats want to withdraw US troops from Iraq, but they estimate that won’t be for at least another five years.  At the same time, they do not want to give additional funding to the soldiers who are ALREADY in Iraq.  That is no way to respect a soldier.  Not enough people tell soldiers thank you for selflessly putting their life in danger to protect Americans.  Those men and women voluntarily risk their life, but democrats in Congress just shot down a bill that would give them money that would make their job easier and safer. 

So Obama is saying that you show your patriotism by the way you treat American soldiers.  But what makes him different from the other Democrats who have been making it harder for American soldiers to do THEIR JOB?

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