Where has the patriotism gone? / by Benjamin Steele

Blog #15

When something tragic happens, it seems that everyone wants to be a part of the conversation and that everyone has all of the answers.

Rather than discussing the real issue at hand, putting a stop to terrorism for example, every other topic suddenly seems more important. Gun control, religion, sexual orientation, politics, racial discrimination. Why do I keep seeing posts about these topics on social feeds, when a radical religious group has recently declared war on humanity? Why when America needs our support the most do we stand divided?

In my mind, the problem is straight forward. ISIS and any other radical group who teaches it's members to kill and harm the innocent are an abomination to this world and should be destroyed. Anyone who would kill me and my future children if they had the opportunity (and know that ISIS would kill any Christian if they could) should be stopped. Anyone who would oppose the country that I love and try to destroy the freedoms that I hold dear should be stopped. I personally am in full support of our military doing WHATEVER is possible to eradicate these terrorists. Although our Nation's leaders are not perfect, I do believe there is good in them and I believe there is good in this Nation.

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I love the quote by Abraham Lincoln,"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

I believe this is true. 240 years ago during The Revolutionary War, 16-year-old boys were volunteering to go fight for their freedom on the front lines of battle; today many people disrespect the flag that those young boys died defending. Other than a few, where has this patriotism gone?

I know what some of you are thinking, "Well you're here jumping in the conversation just like everyone else, claiming to have all the answers."

If that's you, then you're wrong.

I don't claim to have all the answers, I'm just saying what I believe. I hope that my future children know I am a patriot and I hope that you know I am a patriot by reading this now.

I love America and I love what it stands for. I love that it provides the freedom for people to live and believe what they want; as long as it's in a peaceable manner. I love that it gives us all the unalienable right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." I also believe with all my heart that these rights are worth defending.

Chris Kyle, the American hero, described terrorists best when he called them "savages" in his book titled American Sniper. I believe that these savages need to be wiped of the earth in the quickest and cleanest way possible. I also believe in God and I believe that he will sort them out afterwards.

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We have much to be grateful for and much to lose at the hands of evil. Let us stand together and not allow this great country to falter.

Prayers are good and necessary at this time, but if it ever comes down to it, I'll be on my feet fighting for this country and the people I love.

A sincere thank you to the men and women who fight in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please know that I think of you and your sacrifices every day. I am fully aware that the only reason I get to live the life I do is because of you and those who have served before you.

Also, may God bless those who were personally affected by the act of terror this past week. What happened was terrible and I feel for you deeply.

God bless and God bless America.

Ben