Tuesday October 10, 2017
Mark Twain said he loved his country all the time, but his government only when it deserved it. That explains the controversy over kneeling during the national anthem. Bill Uhrich's column says our flag must not be worshipped as an idol, it's our national values that must be revered ("Americans turn a blind eye to idea of idol worship," Reading Eagle, Oct. 1). One American value is the freedom, and the duty, to peacefully, persistently protest when our government is running amok.
The Second Amendment was written to establish a militia, as many writings of our Founding Fathers show their fear of a standing army as a threat to our freedoms. Now we have the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, National Security Agency, FBI and CIA, plus civilian policemen with far too little training using military weaponry against unarmed, legal protesters. Some of our militarized police recklessly kill innocent, unarmed citizens with impunity. Instigators who damage property deserve arrest, but not the dozens of others who are simply nearby.
When politicians in power lie to us and fail to uphold America's founding principles, it's a patriot's duty to resist. Nationalists just salute and obey. Our pledge of allegiance doesn't say "with liberty and justice for some," it says "for all."
Anyone who says people criticizing America should just shut up, or leave, needs to realize that patriots are those trying to make America live up to its principles.
True patriots are willing to protest