Am I no longer patriot?
In 1962, I voluntarily swore, “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Today, the Constitution is no longer pertinent. That document has been twisted, misinterpreted, and ignored by government leadership to serve and preserve its own agenda.
The government no longer embraces the values that were instilled in me so many years ago. Back when there were only forty-eight stars on the flag. Long before I took that oath. A moral code built on the foundation of compassion, honesty, integrity; accountability, responsibility, and the rule of law.
It is this government’s direction that has caused me to question my patriotism. I still believe in that moral code. This country’s leadership no longer values those beliefs.
Self-serving deceit and deception have surpassed the moral code. The debacle of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the scandal at the IRS, senseless wars with distorted objectives, prisoner exchanges — all confirm that leadership has gone awry. Leadership at all levels of public service can be enticed to perform obscenities beyond the pale.
It was instilled in me at a very young age, the ideals — the virtues of patriotism — the unquestioned values and intent embodied in the Constitution. Those values firmly embedded in our government, and our leaders. That was then. It was a value system to be followed. That is what I was taught; that is what I believed.
I have not wavered. I no longer question my patriotism. My patriotism remains firm. It is the patriotism of the leadership that I question.
Government leadership has distorted the term “patriotism” by encouraging and rewarding the quest for power and control through the use of deceit, and deception.