After reading the article entitled “Jock Culture,” By Robert Lipsyte, I was puzzled by his use of the word “patriotic” when referencing jocks. Today, more so than eight years ago, there are many examples of athletes who exemplify many character traits. However, “patriotic” would not be at the top of the list. But, within the context of the 1960’s, I would agree with Bill Stowe’s assessment of the university culture at that time in history.
Today, we have the opposite of the late 1960’s in colleges and universities across America. Today, the “pukes” are now running the show in academia with the jocks who spend much of their existence in a zone of neutrality not unlike the DMZ between North and South Korea or engaged in outright hostility against American culture in the form of disrespect towards our Nation Anthem and our flag. There, they remain precariously perched between the black and white of the so-called moral certainty of the Snowflakes in the Social Justice Warrior movement and the perpetually grey skies of the “real world” where certainty does not exist.
I’m quite certain that there are few “snowflakes” who can spell the word “patriotic” let alone define it with any great certainty. Although having many jobs during my lifetime, I believe my military career is what I miss most. Although I considered myself to be a patriot as a young man in high school, it was the U.S. Army that gave me what he needed to grow into what I considered a “true patriot.” The “Oath of Office” that I recited upon entry into the Army, was and still is very important to me. It is virtually the same oath as taken during my career in law enforcement. I have stated many times that one is not relieved of the duties and responsibilities of the Oath simply by leaving active duty service.
Patriotism, I say,” Is like a relationship between a man and a woman. Motives are quite often misunderstood and a matter of convenience. People who occasionally enjoy waving flags often don’t fully understand why they wave them and don’t deserve to have one”
Some equate Patriotism with Nationalism. And, in the superficial meaning of both, I can see why some may be confused. To me, patriotism is the love one ’s country. I love my country, however, I don’t often trust my government or those who make the decisions that affect the very nature of American life. Nationalism, on the other hand, is the devil which can, and in the history of man, lead to extremism and war. Nationalism is the implement of despots and dictators.
Every American should be a Patriot and on the rare occasion when necessary, a Nationalist. Today, the Patriot seems to be a scarce commodity. We are not. As the last national election proved, patriots are still a large and viable force. Considering what we have running the streets now, anarchists, communists, and socialists, the patriotic are now awake and mobilizing to defend Our Country, Our Constitution and the Rule of Law.
A few weeks ago, I saw one of these “protesters” carrying a sign that read, ““Be proud of your people when you don’t have to be ashamed of any of its social classes.” It should be noted that this is a direct quote from “Mein Kampf” written by Adolf Hitler.
If, God forbid, we allow these disruptors to get out of hand, can Nationalism be far behind?