Many Americans have died enforcing American interests they didn’t support. That includes some who fought in the Revolution. It kinda sucks, it really does. But here is my take on it.
My mother has a saying: “I was born a Catholic, so I’m going to die a Catholic.” She doesn’t even believe in Catholicism’s basic doctrines. But it’s a matter of pride that keeps her from leaving the church and joining another. Foolish? Perhaps.
I was born an American, and I’m going to die an American. My country, may she always be right. But my country, right or wrong, she is still my country.
Today is no more special for me than any other day. I remember those who served — whose blood soaks the very soil I walk on and feeds the Tree of Liberty — every single day. And those who know me wouldn’t dare question that fact.
Patriot: a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
Right or wrong, I am a patriot. Foolish? Perhaps.