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What is Patriotism?

Wait. Stop. Silence the sound of snare drums in your head. Put away the image of a bald eagle. Place to the side, for one just one moment, the American flag. This country was not founded to protect the bald eagle. It was not founded to defend the snare drum. And the American flag in its fully modern form has not been in existence for even half a century.

The snare drums, the bald eagle, the American flag are not what defines patriotism. They are symbols meant to allude to an abiding loyalty to something more fundamental than a drum, a bird or a piece of cloth. But loyalty to what?

Every President, every member of the United States Senate, every member of the House of Representatives takes a binding Oath of Office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

Not to support and defend the people. All the people living in the United States of America are going to die sooner or later; thereís no defense against that. The United States of America is not defined by its particular people, since they come and go.

Not to support and defend the land lying within the borders of this country. The land itself has been here for billions of years, and will go on for billions of years more with or without the help of Presidents, Senators and Representatives. The United States of America has not been consistently defined by its borders; they have changed in the past and may change again in the future without changing the central character that defines America and American patriotism.

The Constitution of the United States. Every President, Senator, and Representative swears a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution of the United States is the test of patriotism. It defines America. It presents the central ideas of Americanism. Love of this nation, and patriotic defense of this nation, are built around the founding document of our constitution.

It is this aim -- the support and defense of the United States Constitution -- that Progressive Patriots is organized to pursue.

Congress Watch

At Progressive Patriots, we strive to spread the word of the Constitution that outlines American patriotism, and to defend the liberties the Constitution guarantees. To this end, we have a U.S. Senate Progressive Index: an indication of support for policies of human progress by your state's two U.S. Senators in the 111th Congress. Also check out our Progressive Action Index for the House of Representatives.

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Joe Wilson, You Lie. The Time for Health Care Reform is Now.

On September 9, Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina hoisted his finger, popped his eyes and shouted "You Lie!" when Barack Obama declared that under health care reform he'd support, illegal immigrants wouldn't benefit. Specifically, President Obama said:
There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false Ė the reforms Iím proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.
Rep. Joe Wilson shouted out at President Obama "You Lie!" in front of the whole country. This is a strong claim, and strong claims need strong evidence. What's the evidence? PolitiFact has done a fact check of Joe Wilson's claims, and says that Joe Wilson is the one who isn't telling the truth. Joe Wilson is the liar.

That's why we're offering this Joe Wilson, YOU Lie Bumper Sticker. Its subtitle reads "Pass Health Care Reform Now."

Joe Wilson, You Lie Bumpersticker

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