|Yes it was assumptive of merebear to assume that just because you are unhappy with one aspect of your nation that your love for said nation should be questioned, but hey...she has a right to be merebear.
Oh, thank you ever so much, mamapie.
Yammer, you do raise an interesting point. In fact, maybe you answer my question. The fact that one has major issues with some
of a nation's policies certainly doesn't mean that one wants to leave and live elsewhere. I can see that.
However, I think that you are wrong on two points. One, I did not
say or imply that "every impulse towards protest and reformation should be converted into a desire to relocate.[/i] Not at all! I do my share of protesting and stumping for reformation, but that doesn't mean that I want to leave. My question about why stay is directed at those who seem to have an inherent dislike of this country... right down to it's very foundation.
I may not like many of the current public policies of America, but I love America. I am so grateful for our freedoms that I would be willing to die for them. I get the impression that some people also value living in a land with these freedoms, but they would not be willing to do what it takes to preserve them.
Secondly, you are being ridiculous (of course, you know that!) about the idea that religious conservatives should move to Afghanistan. Really, Yammer, you are far wittier than that. Do I really even need to address the idea that Christian conservatives might not fare so well there?
|Constructive dissent is the right -- no, the responsibility -- of every well-informed citizen. An abstract love of country does not obligate one to love its ruling elite, or their policies, symbols, or interests.
I agree with you completely. My puzzlement is reserved only for those who seem to have an intense disdain for this nation. If they want to stay, great. I'm fine with that. Won't see me burning flags on their lawns or sending them nasty emails. I simply am curious to know why
they even want to stay. That's all.