A lot of people seem to believe they are patriotic because they stand up for the national anthem and salute the flag. I wonder if these people understand that a true patriot supports the ideals of this nation as it is expressed in the Declaration of Independence. (All men are created equal.) The Constitution says its purpose is to establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity.

When we refuse to support people, who express support for these ideals by whatever peaceful means they have available to them, we are not being supportive of our national ideals and not being patriotic. When any citizen black, white, yellow, brown, rich or poor is deprived of life, liberty or property without due process, we are being unpatriotic ourselves.

Daniel Hathaway

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