Thursday, October 9, 2008

What's patriotic and what's not

There's so much talk about who and what is patriotic. The dictionary defines patriotism simply as " love of and/or devotion to one's country".
But lots of people seems to think their view is the only patriotic one. After 9/11, if you didn't support fully the war on Iraq, you were probably called unpatriotic by many in this country. We later find out that evidence for Saddam Hussein's WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) and the Al-Qaida connection to Iraq was not really there...oops!

During this presidential election, Republicans are making taxes to be something bad, unpatriotic. During last week's VP debate, Sarah Palin said to Joe Biden: “You said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that’s not patriotic.”

In today's opinion editorial, New York Times' Thomas Friedman made this excellent point in response to Palin's statement:
I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed?

To read the rest of Friedman's article, click here

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