So I'm reading "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth and it brings up a question I thought I'd pose a thought here about the many forms of patriotism.
Say it happened in America. What if there were a growing number of dissenters to the current US government, and a large number of Americans believed the President and a number of members of Congress had sold out their country? What if they believed that getting rid of these leaders by assassinating them was the only way to regain freedom? They believe that assassination is the only way, others believe voting them out is the only way. The problem is that the money rules, no matter how the average person votes, there's a certain number of people who continue to be re-elected because of the ties that bind -- you know, power and money.
Let's say you and me are hardworking, honest, good-natured, law-abiding, kind and generous American citizens. We hold no radical views, we are non-threatening to the national security of our antion. We believe strongly in the Constitution and American values the highest ranked on our list being freedom. Let's say I'm for getting rid of them via voting, let's say you are for getting rid of them via assassination? Remember, we both want to preserve American freedom. However, I don't believe that murdering them will help our cause but you believe that because the system has become so corrupt, elections do not sufficiently cleanse the system of these corrupt creeps, and that we must 1) eliminate them and 2) send a message to other corrupt politicians that the people will not tolerate anymore crap.
Now let's just say we both believe murder is wrong, but you feel so strongly that the future of this great nation is in such jeopardy, it's become more and more socialized, government controlled, and we are losing freedoms we once took for granted, you feel there is just no other way to save this nation. You truly believe it is the only way. I know you are not a radical, you don't want to see this happen, but you feel you have no other choice.
Who is the more partriotic? You or me? Whose method is more patriotic? And what really defines patriotism?
One more thing, let's for a moment consider radical Islamic terrorists who believe themselves patriots. They of course assassinate leaders (and others who don't believe as they do). But...generally they do not assassinate in the name of freedom, they do it in the name of just the opposite, preventing freedom.