I posted the Einstein quote just to add to Emilys' list of different views on patriotism.
You know of course that Einstein lived through a right-wing Conservative government in Hitlers Germany and so had the experience of blind patriotism like we have experienced under the current Bush/Cheney government and Conservative Republicans.
No, I would probably check in as superpatriotic. I grew up as the son of an Air Force Officer and lived on base most of my childhood, so it was psychologically conditioned into me from my birth in a military hospital. Martial music all the time, parades, total immersion really, in patriotism.
Civilians have no idea. No idea.
Military schools, military family escape drills from the base in case of attack, military aircraft always flying overhead, flags everywhere, everyone uniformed and saluting. All of it.
In seventh grade I was ordering Boy Scouts around marching in close order drill.
My heart beats to patriotic music so much that when rock and roll came around I had a hard time getting into it.
But when I was in jeopardy of needlessly dying in Vietman in the mid sixties I started learning about Conscious Objectors and so studied that history and studied what the people like Einstein thought about patriotism. I ended up suing the government all the way up to and including the Secretary of Defense under Nixon in order to get them to obey the law and recognize me as a Conscious Objector and give me an an Honorable Discharge from the US Army. I won. I had a Marine Infantry Captain friend come back from Vietnam and tell me he wished he had the courage I had. I had a Marine single LRP ( Long Range Patrol which means sniper) friend come back from Vietnam and tell me he wished he had my courage to face down my government.
So I have experienced the entire range of patriotism from being born into it and loving my government to being anti-patriotic and hating what my government did and working to change it. I have all of those behaviors inside me and available to use if I so chose. Nobody can outdo me in being patriotic and it would be damned hard to outdo me in being against blindly-obedient patriotism.
I don?t just wear some superficial flag pin like some kindergartner who needs reminding with a note pinned to his collar, or who feels like his duty is done by putting a yellow magnetic sticker on his Conservative Republican car.
I grew up in it, it?s in my bones, my blood, my heart. It is my hearts beat. And I know what it?s like to fight for the ideals of my countries founders instead of blindly following the orders of some current neo-fascist ?leaders? from the oil industries.
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