Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How Patriotic Are You?

In my opinion, The American people are not as patriotic as they can be. We lost that patriotic spirit that the people in the 1950’s had. I think that patriotism makes a country stronger. If everyone has a love for their country and is willing to do whatever it takes to make and keep this country successful, then I believe the country will be successful. The fact that Americans are becoming more and more consumed with their own personal affairs and not focusing on their love for their country, makes me worried for the future of our country.

An example of how people do not make an effort towards their country is by not knowing and not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge is an important part of America that should be taught and known by all. Unfortunately, many children do not know what the Pledge of Allegiance is and can not recite it if asked to, and many adults do not say it anymore. Some people do not say it at school for religious reasons, which is understandable, but I also think many do not say it at school because they would rather sit down and be on their phones. At least that is what I see at OPRF. Part of this problem is the Pledge is not talked about or seen as a big deal. I think knowing and saying the pledge when you can, can instill respect for your country and a patriotic spirit that this country needs.

Another issue that I want to bring up is the amount of flags that are put out on National holidays. I can maybe count an average of two flags per block on Memorial day for example. A great way to show your pride is by putting out your flag, it is that easy.

I know that we are in a unique time politically and socially and things are not how they were sixty years ago, but I think that if we want a united country, we should act as though we are one and show respect to our beautiful nation.


  1. Does the importance of national pride exceed that of personal affairs?

  2. I agree that patriotism to some degree is important, but in terms of not saying the pledge or people that choose not to show their patriotism in their actions, I think it is their right. Our country is in a place right now where we need to fix a lot of things before we can be united. Many people feel like they can't support the United States because the United States doesn't support them. I think it is important for their voices to be heard and that we get them to a place where they feel as though they can genuinely love their country instead of forcing them to love America despite how they are being treated. I totally understand what you are saying about the importance of patriotism and being united though!