Don’t Try to Tell Me Otherwise

I am a patriotic American.

BECAUSE I AM – 

I believe life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are inalienable rights. For everyone.

I believe all people are created equal, regardless of country of origin or citizenship, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, color or creed.

I honor the USA flag and what it symbolizes. And because I do, I’ll fight for every USA citizen’s right to drape themselves in it, wear its likeness on caps and T-shirts, put it on pottery and lame wooden signs and, in the extreme, burn it in protest if they feel they must.

I will question the decisions, actions and inactions of our government, just as our nation’s founders did.

I support veterans and military personnel. I am duty-bound to them, their families and our country to question the reasons they are sent into harm’s way.

Because I am a patriotic American, I’ll fight for every USA citizen’s right to peacefully protest injustices perpetrated upon ourselves and our fellow citizens.

I have a responsibility to inform myself about candidates and issues, and to vote in every election.

I believe in majority rule. However, as a patriotic American, I will never believe for a millisecond that alignment with the majority automatically makes one right.

Because I am a patriotic American, I honor not just our Country, but our country. That means I’ll do whatever I can to protect the quality of our air, lands, waterways and planet to leave them in pristine condition for my children and yours.

I honor immigrants, from my great-great grandparents – immigrants themselves who helped build this nation – to people coming today in search of better lives. I wouldn’t be here without immigrants, and unless you’re Native American, neither would you.

I believe we are obligated to honor treaties with Native peoples, just as we do agreements with other sovereign nations.

I believe in every person’s right to better themselves, as long as their actions do not cut down, misrepresent or swindle someone else.

I take pride in being a member of an honorable nation. And to me that means treating other nations and their peoples with the same respect we expect.

I believe in a clear and uncompromised separation of church and state.

I acknowledge every USA citizen’s right to formulate, hold and propagate opinions, and every other USA citizen’s right to agree, disagree or ignore them.

I am a patriotic American, and because I am, I’m confident in my right to hold these beliefs. I trust in my Constitutional rights to think, say and write about them without fear of reprisal from my government.

Because I am a patriotic American, I acknowledge and accept your right to your views and definitions of patriotism, even when we disagree. And I expect you to acknowledge and accept mine.

I am a patriotic American, and because I am, I celebrate Independence Day every July 4. I honor the courageous patriots who questioned their government, who defied it in a bold declaration, and who fought for the rights and opportunities so many citizens of the USA now enjoy, even as I struggle to correct their failures to extend those rights and opportunities to all.

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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.

8 Comments

bz · July 1, 2021 at 7:45 pm

” … I honor the American flag and what it symbolizes. And because I do, I’ll fight for every U.S. citizen’s right to drape themselves in it, wear it on caps and T-shirts, put it on pottery and, in the extreme, burn it in protest if they feel they must. … ”

Um, no. if you put it in the soles of your shoes, it’s obviously not honoring the flag. If you wear it on your butt, it’s not honoring. Draping, perhaps, but made into clothing shows that you have ‘issues’.

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Second thing is: There is nobody who evolved in the Americas. The misnamed “Natives” also were “immigrants”.
Perhaps we could refer to the as “earlier immigrants?”
I won’t fight anyone about it. The issue is how badly they were treated. None of that is defensible. None of it.

Phyllis Hohle · June 29, 2018 at 8:13 pm

Excellent column! You are correct on every count and I wish more Americans had the same ideals.

    IV Words · June 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks, Phyllis. At least I know I can count on you… 🙂

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