As_more_and_more_people_become_dissatisfied_with_the_direction_the_country_is_heading

As_more_and_more_people_become_dissatisfied_with_the_direction_the_country_is_heading

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Burning A Country; How Burning The Flag Is Unpatriotic Alex Paris WRA 150 Sec.025 As more and more people become dissatisfied with the direction the country is heading, it is becoming more and more common to see public displays of dissatisfaction the forms of protests, marches, and even group burnings of the American flag. Usually, masses of people huddle around the flag and proceed to light it on far. Furthermore, the people that burn the flag often times claim to be patriotic and are only voicing their displeasure with the current state of affairs. Patriotism, however, cannot be explained by burning the American flag. Patriotism, as defined by the OED, is a “love of one's country” but burning the American flag, the soul symbol of this country cannot be justified as being patriotic. Burning the American flag is perverse to the idea of patriotism because it rejects the ideas of love and pride associated with the idea of patriotism. Although the idea of patriotism is vague, there are several criteria, which may be used in helping define the very idea. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, patriotism is defined as “love of one's country or zeal in the defense of the interests of one's country” (OED). Accidental criteria for patriotism may be something like hanging posters of the American flag around your home, or posting bumper stickers on your car that support our government. However, since people express love for their country in different ways, accidental criteria are not enough. Also, necessary criteria can include nationality of the patriotic person. Necessary criteria for patriotism would include having that intrinsic love for the country, which is so difficult to define. Furthermore, the prefix of patriotism, pat, means that it is the love of the fatherland. This could be interpreted fairly broadly, but I believe it means that the person experiencing patriotism
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ISS 215 taught by Professor Lang during the Spring '06 term at Michigan State University.

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