Patriotism has often been used as a tool rather than an ideal. Let’s take a look at how Captain America explains what it means to be a patriot. Maybe it can help with the problem.
Captain America tells Spider-Man about the first time he really understood what it meant to be an “American.” What it meant to be a “Patriot.”
Reading Mark Twain
He read something written by Mark Twain that was so powerful that it stuck him down to his core. He says it “changed” his life.
A Temporary Servant
He realized that what is right, and what is wrong, is not something that should be defined by our government. Rather a government must serve – our answers to those questions.
They Have Not Command
With this essential function of government in mind, he asked an essential question: “who, then, is the country?”
Solem And Weighty Responsibility
Each member of our Republic has a solemn duty to speak up as to what is right and what is wrong.
You Cannot Shirk
Each of us, in our Republic, has a duty to act in accordance with their convictions.
Deciding Against Your Convicitions
Acting contrary to your convictions betrays our Republic.
If you alone...
The words of Mark Twain that Steve Rogers is quoting came from Twain’s personal letters. They can be found in “Glances at History,” in A Pen Warmed-up in Hell, ed. Frederick Anderson (New York, 1972) and “The Bible According to Mark Twain” (Touchstone/University of Georgia Press, 1996). These sentiments can also be found in Twain’s fictional work.
At the core of Twain’s message was his belief in the difference between a patriot and a traitor. Standing up to the government, when you believe its actions violate your core convictions, is the definition of a patriot. To act otherwise is to be…
Who, then is our Country? Once the House sends its articles of impeachment to the Senate, each Senator will be faced with this question. Their vote will be their answer.
Lawrence Koplow is an attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. His practice focuses on the defense of DUI and Vehicular Crimes. He is also a published author concerning these areas of the law and a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.