First off, I submit that one of the most patriotic things one can do is proudly pay the taxes we owe. Why? Because when we pay our taxes, we are saying to those that gave their all, “We will continue to support this great nation.”
In many ways, we have let those that die, those who lie beneath the marble crosses in veterans’ cemeteries down, way down. We haven’t been the best citizens we could be. We haven’t always voted. And sometimes when we have voted, we picked candidates without knowing anything about them beyond the R or D after their names.
In 241 years it has been freely given over to the moneyed corporations and welfare politicians. If millionaires and billionaires would pay their fair share in taxes, there would be no national debt.
Taxes aren’t evil, they are necessary to keep our freedom.
Are you unhappy with the way our taxes are spent? Remember, we are the ones that sent those people to office, the ones making the decisions about spending.
And that is the other big chunk of true patriotism: becoming an involved, active citizen.
If you don’t vote, don’t complain.
If you vote out of ignorance, don’t complain.
If you won’t take a few minutes now and then away from your TV and your Netflix and your video games to attend a local meeting or send an email to your representative or learn a bit about the Constitution and how our political system works, then I don’t care how loudly you sing the national anthem, you aren’t a true patriot.