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Thursday, May 26, 2011

On Patriotism - by Ron Paul

On Patriotism - by Ron Paul:

"The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George. I accept the definition of patriotism as that effort to resist oppressive state power.

The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility and out of self-interest for himself, his family, and the future of his country to resist government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state. Resistance need not be violent, but the civil disobedience that might be required involves confrontation with the state and invites possible imprisonment.

Peaceful, nonviolent revolutions against tyranny have been every bit as successful as those involving military confrontation. Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., achieved great political successes by practicing nonviolence, and yet they suffered physically at the hands of the state. But whether the resistance against government tyrants is nonviolent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state oppression qualifies as true patriotism."
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SEE ALSO:
http://gunnyg.blogspot.com/2011/05/congressman-ron-paul-targeted-for.html
and...
http://gunnyg.blogspot.com/2011/05/gunny-g-good-quote-by-ron-paul.html
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