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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Defining nationalism

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Nationalism is defined as: 1) devotion to one’s nation, i.e. patriotism, 2) the doctrine that national interest, security, etc. are more important than international consideration, 3) the desire for or advocacy of national independence. 

Presently we are hearing loud voices being raised in opposition to patriotism. However, the reasons offered for this opposition fall under the umbrella of “freedom of speech,” but they give little or no further rationale. For now, those objecting to American patriotism do not seem to have a broad base of supporters. However, these voices foretell an attack on the legitimacy of our constitutional form of government. Clearly some of these media voices no longer favor national independence by expressing a preference for international forms of governance.

The important question is, can such a transformation occur without great disruption in national security, culture and traditions? Most likely not. Because culture and traditions are deeply rooted in our social fabric, i.e. such as common law, education and law enforcement. Our feelings about nationalism are personal and subject to slow elevation.

America is a large nation and its incorporated migrant cultures have been a slow ongoing process, until the past 30 years. It is important to note that differing cultures and tradition exist in each state, as seen in industrial zones verses the agricultural states. Thus, in order to keep a vital spirit of nationalism, it must be safeguarded by our loyalty and solidarity, for if we fail to do so America will become a subsidiary of a few international corporate oligarchies.