This is LONG… but if you want to listen to/watch Ron Paul speak while following along, go to this link: http://www.ronpaullibrary.org/document.php?id=571
HON. RON PAUL OF TEXAS
Before the U.S. House of Representatives
May 22, 2007
In the Name of Patriotism (Who are the Patriots?)
For some, patriotism is â€œthe last refuge of a scoundrel.â€ For others, it means dissent against a governmentâ€™s abuse of the peopleâ€™s rights.
I have never met a politician in Washington, or any American for that matter, who chose to be called â€œunpatriotic.â€ Nor have I met anyone who did not believe he wholeheartedly supported our troops wherever they may be.
What I have heard all too frequently from various individuals is sharp accusations that because their political opponents disagree with them on the need for foreign military entanglements, they were â€œunpatriotic, un-American, evil doers deserving contempt.â€
The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George. I accept the definition of patriotism as that effort to resist oppressive state power. The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility, and out of self interest — for himself, his family, and the future of his country — to resist government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state.