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What do you consider Patriotism to mean?

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emperus

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And is there a situation where becoming a national of another country means you're not less of a patriot? With all this talk of France and high taxes, I was wondering what patriotism really means.
 
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alzan

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I think Ben Franklin expressed it best, although I'm not sure if he was talking of patriotism:

Loyalty to the country, always. Loyalty to the government, when they deserve it.

I think there are a lot of people who confuse patriotism with nationalism though, which has in the past led to problems.
 

shira

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People often confuse patriotism with blind loyalty. A true patriot doesn't hesitate to identity what's wrong with the country, and actively advocates changes that will make the country better.
 

sportage

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Well, keeping your money off in foreign banks to avoid income taxes and thus avoiding investing in America and supporting American values, could be considered unAmerican?
Oh never mind. I doubt Mittens is posting here, lately.
Someone might pass it on at the next KkK, (ops) RNC gathering.
 

emperus

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This question truly confounds me. I thought some of the republicans on the board would post. Can you truly be a patriot but become a national of another country so you don't pay taxes? I might be missing something so let me know.
 

xj0hnx

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This question truly confounds me. I thought some of the republicans on the board would post. Can you truly be a patriot but become a national of another country so you don't pay taxes? I might be missing something so let me know.
If it is solely so you don't have to pay taxes then I would say no, you can't. Contributing to your country is a form of patriotism. Now if you say, got married, and your wife/husband was from another country, and you moved there with them then you could still be a patriot.
 
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