Patriot-has quite the ring to it doesn’t it? Conjures up all manner of mental imagery-I always kind of half expect the Boston Pops to strike up a rendition of a Sousa march when I hear the word.
It is a word loosely thrown around now though-it’s a label for a Jeep vehicle, either a compliment ,or when expressed in the context of a lack of patriotism an accusation. You’re either one of us or one of them.
It’s origin lies in the Latin patria-the land of fathers, and while that sounds innocent and inspiring enough, in the common usage and application it is purely patriarchal, and the atrocities committed in it’s name are almost exclusively at the hands of men.
Oliver North called himself a patriot-so did Custer, Chivington, Miles, and too many others to mention. Che Guevera, who despite his “iconic” stature was in fact a ruthless murderer of women and children whose ferocity and genocidal traits would rival Stalin’s, would be another example of a part-riot as my sister has interpreted the word.
The nations didn’t have this word-what they had was human being, and the differences are glaring-of the two I would rather be known as a human being.
Patriots have a long history of lies and deceit, patriots have indiscriminately killed women and children from the aerial indifference of bombing campaigns, missiles, and long range artillery-hardly any humanity in that, and all for the fatherland.
Patriots often lie, make covert deals, undermine the health and welfare of people, and always, based on their sense of patriotism, their interpretation.
Patriots have stripped the land, polluted the very air we breathe and the water we drink.
Patriots in their “sincere” desire to address the issue of the global food supply have created genetically altered mutant strains of what they refer to as food, and in their unrestricted industrial patriotism have created global warming, punched holes the in ionosphere, and even bombed the moon. Profit and control are never motivations-only unsought after side
Patriots often have some grand cause to donate to that never quite materializes for reasons entirely not their own.
Patriots killed Annie Mae, Ray Robinson and many others-patriots ordered, condoned, and remained silent about it-another aspect, silence and shape shifting to meet the needs of the moment.
Patriots, not always being satisfied with a reduced audience to hear tales of their exploits are at times given to write autobiographies and make the talk show circuit. They like attention and avidly pursue it.
Patriots always want more-more money, more weapons,more power, more fame,
and would have you to believe they possess more wisdom and insight.
What they don’t want is more truth, more public knowledge and awareness-so they revise, edit, rant, cajole,conceal, threaten, even murder and employ silence when deemed appropriate.
Patriot vs Human Being-an easy choice, because it is not about womankind, or mankind-but humankind.