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Especially in a presidential election year, talk of patriotism abounds. Unfortunately, most of this talk is not authentic. It is used to drive us apart more than it is used to bring us together.  Patriotism is not mainly a matter of saluting the flag, wearing a lapel pin, or shouting USA. Patriotism is mainly a matter of belief in and commitment to the founding and framing principles and purposes of the Republic.  This is my effort to state these principles and purposes in one place for easy reference. To me these do not seem divisive. If we can remember them and commit to them, we may learn to live together as brothers and sisters and avoid having to perish together as fools.

That each and all are endowed with true equality

With rights derived from nature not from society

That government is set up to secure these rights

And if government fails to do so, it often leads to fights.

For powers claimed by government to be the least bit just

The consent of the governed is an indispensable must.

That achieving a sound government is an endless chore

To do this takes our lives, our fortunes and perhaps even more

We, the people, are the ones who truly rule

If anyone thinks otherwise, then that one is a fool.

We must perfect our unity and ensure justice in the land

We must promote tranquility and well-being by working hand in hand.

In the face of danger, we must rally for a common defense

And secure the blessings of liberty in the truest sense.

Not to ourselves alone, but to those who are yet to come

Not just for a few, but for each and every one.

If we cannot stand firm and hold fast to the true,

Then, we will betray heroes of old and any born anew.

In two hundred-plus years of trying, we’ve had our share of flaws,

But still we keep on fighting for equal protection of the laws.

For this really is a matter of promises made and kept,

No matter what we’ve risked and lost or how bitterly we’ve wept.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


2 Comments

  1. tolbert

    “Especially in a presidential election year, talk of patriotism abounds. Unfortunately, most of this talk is not authentic. It is used to drive us apart more than it is used to bring us together.”

    You nailed it with this start Larry!

    “If we cannot stand firm and hold fast to the true,
    Then, we will betray heroes of old and any born anew.”

    Absolute excellence and truth in this one Larry! Thanks for sharing…

    • LarryConley (Author)

      Tolbert,

      Thank you for the gracious words. Coming from a person of your gifts they mean a lot.

      Larry

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