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Patriotism shouldn’t be a weapon we use on one another


As we near Independence Day, I started thinking about our country’s complicated history and the true meaning of patriotism.

It is not a simple, one-size-fits-all concept. Patriotism is not owned by one political party, candidate or group. Nor should it be used as a talking point against those with whom we disagree.

Displaying the American flag is not exclusive to liberal, moderate, or conservative expression.

Patriotism is manifested in many degrees by love of one’s country, pride in preserving our hard-fought democracy through its highs and lows, helping our neighbors, accepting our civic responsibilities, cheering for Team USA, honoring the service of our soldiers and first responders, volunteering, and voting in each and every election.

Despite our differences and backgrounds, patriotism should not be misappropriated as a political tool to dominate others. It is something to be shared and celebrated by all Americans.

Janine Witte, Doylestown Township

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