Where Has Being Patriotic Gone?

In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "I Pledge Allegiance."

A deep raspy voice echoes over the intercom. “Okay everyone its time for the Pledge of Allegiance”

Face forward, left hand on chest, look straight ahead at the American flag in front of you

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. . .

We know the words by heart. We know the rhythm. We know how it goes. We are taught at a young age this expression of allegiance to the United States. We’re taught it in schools. We had to repeat it everyday before our lessons could truly begin. It’s almost as if this was our first lesson of the day. It was a constant reminder to us growing up that you’re an American and that you’re in the United States. This expression is a sign of love for our country people say and if you know the words by heart it shows whose side you’re really on.

This expression is not a sign of patriotism, it’s not a sign of being patriotic in my opinion.

Patriotic: having or showing great support for your country

Am I patriotic? Yes. I support and have support for some of the decisions and actions made by the United States, but being patriotic means different things to me. Being patriotic means giving back and supporting others in my community. Being patriotic means taking care of my fellow man, it means helping those when they have no one else to help them. It means giving them someone to lean on when they really need it. Being patriotic to me means helping those around you and supporting those nearest to you, in your country.