I’m not a journalist by trade nor a politico by preference. I’m a blue-collar kind-a-guy whose more at home working with my hands; who’d rather be out doors; who on any given day would rather be hiking up a mountain or riding my motorcycle down a lonely two lane road somewhere just beyond the middle of nowhere.
However, a love of country compels me to take a stand. I can only credit the grace and goodness of God for putting something in me that has propelled me into political action.
The dictionary tells me that the patriot is ‘one who loves his country.’ But what is love of country? What does it mean and what does it require of us?
Love is not some mere emotion. Love, at its root, is an ascribing of value to a person or thing. Love, in its truest and purest form, is the act of ascribing as much, or more, value to the object of our love than what we ascribe to our own person or life. That form of love generates a devotion to the object of our love that requires our faithful allegiance to it and compels us to seek the good of and the best interest of the object of our love.
True patriotism is not the act of merely cheering for our country like we cheer on our favorite sports team. True patriotism does not say “my country right or wrong” and support whatever policy is prescribed by our national leaders or whatever course the nation might happen to take. The true patriot loves his country enough to support it when it is right and to confront it when it is wrong, and when necessary, to give his ‘life, his fortune and his sacred honor’ to restore his country to a right path.
For love to be true it must be unselfish. For patriotism to be true it must be equally unselfish. True patriotism cannot merely seek a policy of lower taxes because “I don’t like paying taxes.” It cannot seek sound fiscal, monetary and trade policies simply because “I wanna make more money so I can have more stuff.” It cannot seek liberty simply so “I can do whatever the heck I want.” True patriotism seeks such policies because they are in the long-term best interest of our country and of our fellow countrymen. True patriotism seeks the good of future generations. True patriotism seeks to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”
Now that you know the why of this blog, I invite you to review its posts, links and additional resources to gain an increased understanding of what I believe to be the policies and principles necessary to the how of restoring our Constitutional republic to the foundations that made it great. As Alexis de Tocqueville observed:
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”