What does it mean to be a patriot? Some would have you believe that if you question the thinking of the government that you are somehow unpatriotic. That we should blindly and completely follow the ideology and actions of our leaders.
I would suggest precisely the opposite. We must question incessantly, challenge vehemently and think intelligently about the message that is being sent both nationally and globally.
This is not to say that we should be disrespectful, but rather thoughtful.
A patriot is someone who stands up to be counted when their country needs them. Whether it be in war or for peace, they pay attention and they pay tribute. Tribute to the idea that it is not enough to have certain inalienable rights.... you must excercise them.
Be a patriot.