Nationalism isn’t Patriotism, It Is Another Form of Collectivism

by Tony Wyman “You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, ‘Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. … Use that word.” – Pres. Donald Trump When Mr. Trump used that word in front of an adoring crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas in late-October, he kicked off a controversy two weeks before the midterm elections that had fans praising his patriotism, critics warning that his dictatorial nature was showing, and…

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Restoring Unity Through Patriotism – The Values That Can Bring Us Together

graphic image combining the American flag and the Declaration of Independance

by Oletta Branstiter Facts + Principles = Opinions I teach my students that forming a strong opinion consists of filtering facts through personal principles to make an ideological conclusion. They learn that if our opinions differ, it’s because our valid personal principles differ. I impress upon my students that opinions cannot be wrong, and should be shared and accepted with respect. It has occurred to me, especially in light of recent divisive statements and protests in current events, that while opinions cannot be “wrong”, they can foment disunity. Diversity at the…

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Compulsory Patriotism – Why I Don’t Insist You Salute Or Observe Anything

1930s era photo of Nazi women saluting Swastika

by Richard Cameron   I’ve seen a lot of angry people expressing their outrage about football players kneeling during the anthem. I respect their right to their viewpoint, while at the same time, I don’t share it.  Donald Trump, predictably, got in the middle of this, seeing in it another opportunity to exploit the anger of his remaining base voters.  At a rally in Alabama, Trump juiced up the crowd with, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that…

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President Trump Scores a Divisive Goal With A Literal Political Football

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by Oletta Branstiter On September 23, 2017, President Trump gave a speech at a campaign rally for senatorial candidate Luther Strange in Huntsville, Alabama. In typical Trump style, the President veered off message in order to cater to his vengeful jingoistic base by declaring: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ ” The next morning, he doubled down on his buffoonery by recommending that…

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Colin Kaepernick And Now Marshawn Lynch. Is Patriotism A Pre-Requisite For Professional Sports?

by Richard Cameron This summer, as former San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick was looking for a place to land in the NFL and there were a few signs of interest and some tugs on the line (Baltimore Ravens) but as of yet, no solid interest  – a lot of discussion centered around whether the non-signings had more to do with  Kaepernick’s controversial behavior, kneeling during the National Anthem in San Francisco, or with his arguably sub-par performance on the field. Now, while the pot is still boiling on that debate, along…

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Nothing Good Comes From Trading Patriotism For Nationalism – “Alt-Right” Is Wrong On Every Level

by Oletta Branstiter The Shocking Reality of Nationalism No one should be surprised at the mayhem that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday. Shocked? Yes. Horrified? Yes. Disgusted? Yes. After the eight years of racial tension and provocation by the Obama administration, Americans without a firm moral compass, historical perspective, and Constitutional understanding chose to endorse a man who campaigned on the premise of vengeful Nationalism. Donald Trump never represented Patriotism. As a demagogue, he used powerful populism to whip up the reactionary emotions of his followers to accept a type…

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Republicans, You’ve Been Trumped – The Foundations of Conservatism are Being Washed Away

by Oletta Branstiter Reality TV President – Not A Conservative After a week of extra-special buffoonery, our President seems to be using his social media bully pulpit to scream, “How d’ya like me now?!” as his apologists continue to make excuses for him. Conservative Constitutionalist candidates like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz scared the crap out of the RINOs during the primary Presidential election of 2016. When the choice came down to the statesman and law expert Ted Cruz or the egotistical demagogue, the majority of…

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Brave New Day – Performing Music With Purpose

by Oletta Branstiter The Star Spangled Banner is the only national anthem that contains a question: “Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Someone has answered that question: Because we are the brave Yes we are the brave We’ll fight tyranny In the name of the free We are the U.S. of A! For those unaware That flag is still there It’s our future to save This land of the brave The U.S. of A!   In…

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May Day! May Day! Get Your Loyalty Token! President Trump Declares “Loyalty” Day

by Oletta Branstiter On April 28, President Trump declared a new national observance. In a proclamation released by the White House on Friday, the President, celebrating his first 100 days in the highest office of the land, announced that, in order to express our country’s loyalty to “individual liberties, to limited government, and to the inherent dignity of every human being,” May 1 will be known as ‘Loyalty Day.‘ In observation of Loyalty Day, President Trump encouraged schools and other public places to celebrate by displaying the United States flag and reciting…

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