Patriotism -- What is it?

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010

As a person whose earliest memories are of the 2nd World War, I have more a sense of patriotism than a definition of it. At that time it was the Land of the Brave and the Home of the Free. Later it was Woody Guthrie's "This Land is My Land." I truly believe this. I believe that the voters speak for us.

I believe we have elections and the people who win should support the choices we have suggested for them: The philosophy of fairness in law and in intent. I believe that only vandals would destroy someone else's signs. These vandals are not patriots who support our Constitution, which is the basis of our democratic republic.

I believe that someone has the right to choose a write-in campaign if they wish to have a second chance. The key word is chance. I do not believe that a person who is willing to take a chance should violate the laws and regulations of our state and our nation. I do not feel that persons in real or perceived power have any more rights than the "common" person. To be corrupt in accommodating one's chance/choice is a violation of patriotism in its finest sense.

I strongly wish for a particular conclusion to this election. I believe a true patriot votes.

Mary J. Toutonghi, Soldotna

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