Why Patriotism Is A Love/Hate Relationship


I used to think that patriotism meant flag-waving, tears-streaming while singing The National Anthem, undying devotion to our country. And it is all those things.

But there’s an element of sadness that makes patriotism a love/hate relationship.

  • I love that I can say what I believe, even criticize someone in power, and not be jailed for it.
  • But I hate that politicians don’t run for office on their own merits–they always dig up dirt about their opponents–even lies–to win the race.
  • I love that our government helps the poor, sick, and needy. 
  • But I hate that some who aren’t any of the above take advantage of government help, making
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  • I love that our nation was founded on Biblical principles, and we see Scriptures on many buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C. attesting to the fact that God was a major player in the forming of this land.
  • But I hate that we kicked God out of the schools and have watered down our text books to remove any mention of His hand in our success as a country.
  • I love that men and women are still willing to go to war and die to keep us and weaker nations free from oppression and tyranny.
  • But I hate that we don’t pay them well or give them the medical care and respect they deserve. 


You can disagree with my views. You may call me a radical, narrow-minded, and a religious fanatic. That’s your right and a given freedom of living in the U.S. A.

And that right is at the top of my list of loves: we are free. God, help us to remain so. 

Jeanette Levellie

Irish redhead and former history teacher Jeanette Levellie is the author of four books and hundreds of articles, stories, and newspaper columns. Among her publishing credits are stories in Guideposts anthologies, CBN.com, and Country magazine. Jeanette is also a vocalist and speaker, splashing hope and humor on audiences of all sizes and styles. She and her pastor husband Kevin are parents to two adults, grandparents to three children, and servants to four cats. They live in Paris, IL., where the winters are frigid but the people are warm and friendly. Her hobbies include fitness, reading, and finding new ways to avoid housework.

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