Posted by Mark Ginsberg
Today, in America, questions frequently are raised about the “patriotism” of Americans. Some argue that devotion and loyalty to country, a hallmark of patriotism, is synonymous with agreement with those in power. Others suggest that the “sounds of democracy” are the expressions of independence associated with “voices of dissent.” I define freedom as the opportunity “freely” to offer an opinion and perspective that differs from the empowered, or even from the majority. It is a fundamental tenet of our democracy that all have a voice, with due regard and respect for the rule of law. Assuring these freedoms is the very definition of patriotism.