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Where has American patriotism gone?

Written By | Aug 2, 2014

MISSOURI, August 1, 2014 — Some American citizens state their hate for their country in public, so one wonders what they are doing privately. There is an alarming disrespect for the flag. During patriotic holidays, few even hoist the flag anymore. Most of those who do are veterans. When you see these flags flying at night, with a light shining on them, you get a wonderful feeling that you are proud of being an American.

When some see a military person, it gives them great pride to greet them and thank them for their service. This truly is an act of patriotism. Many are come back wounded and suffer the double injury of being forgotten. Secrets are leaked for self-serving reasons, putting our agents and our troops in jeopardy. This is not patriotism.

Is it patriotic when society accepts low moral standards of some public figures that represent the entertainment industry, sports, and government? Not according to the founders of the Constitution. Today, there is no shock factor. It has become commonplace to hear of deeds that would never have been accepted by society a few decades ago. These public figures have created an environment of approval and participation in immoral deeds and improprieties because there is no outrage by the citizens. This starts the domino effect. With the moral decay, the marriage block has been knocked off its foundation. The marriage block once provided the protection and strong moral standards for the family unit. It was a necessary part of raising children who in turn would become responsible in determining the future of America.

What do we do to change the direction that we, as a society, have agreed to and settled for? It will be a difficult task because we continue to allow those things that once gave us a high moral ground to be eliminated. We must influence family and friends about the importance of marriage, be exemplary role models in everything we do including our entertainment. We need to be aware of the day-to-day language we use in our communications, making sure proper respect is shown to people and symbols that represent America, like the flag and honoring those who serve in our armed services. The practice of religious faith, exercising our voting privilege, being personally involved in the school system, and just being good neighbors are essential in bringing about change. We must develop an energetic attitude and be ever cognizant of the importance of our actions that will not only steer our course in the right moral direction, but also serve to impact our families, relatives, friends, and communities.

Even small actions such as avoiding running red lights will help determine your role model status. Young eyes have a way of picking up on these actions which formulate the difference between right and wrong in their minds. It’s the little things that we all do that determine the outcome of our society.

In order to stop slipping off these stepping stones that lead to chaos, we must participate in our elections and help choose the right representatives of integrity and have demonstrated they are patriots. We want men and women who will represent their constituents by providing laws that will contribute to get back to a godly foundation where man’s law and God’s laws are seamless.

Something to Think About: What is the last amendment that you voted for? What prevents you from studying the political referendums? What does this say about you as a concerned citizen? How can you make a small change that could eventually bring about a big impact?

The following is just one of many quotes from one of our founding fathers.

George Washington

1st U.S. President

“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343.


However, that’s a time and place I am from-


Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles spent a fifty-four-year career in technology, retiring at the director level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a freelance columnist, he has published three books, made over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, and been involved in numerous radio interviews and one television commercial. He has been married for sixty-five years, and has four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grand children. Charles is also a Navy veteran.