I am entering an essay contest for $1000, If I win, I shall sponsor the next MA states and/or NER, and possibly some more stuff for the community. As so, I want you to nitpick this essay to no end:
the question: Does patriotism really matter?
Patriotism is a word that is often tossed around these days. To answer the question, “does patriotism still matter”, you must first ask yourself “what is patriotism”. The most common definition for patriotism is a love for your country. Patriotism goes deep beyond mere love for your country; it is the passion, the dedication to help your country with no matter how small the task. From the money donor, to the troops in Iraq, to the brave veterans of the previous wars, they are all driven by a burning fervor, to serve their country and master the opposing force. Through thick and thin, sun or snow, on a mission of destruction or restoration, true patriots are serving their country in some way. Whether it’s donating money to make the world a better place, to being out on the frontlines preserving the country, patriots are out there, you just have to look at the small things. Without patriotism, we have a country that has managed to eat away at itself on the inside, leaving its hollow remains to rot in the soil that was extolled by the traitors who once lived on it’s now rancid land. If we had no patriots in this world, our former and current troops would have no rationale to defend their country. It is patriotism that drives our troops to fight everyday and what drove all the troops before them. Patriotism is what drove our forefathers to separate our great country from the British. Patriotism is what you show every time you donate even a penny to a cause greater than yourself. Patriotism is extraditing anything that you have in surplus to someone in need. Simply put, patriotism can be giving up some of your daily comforts to others in your community who are less fortunate, to serving in the military, battling, mastering and controlling those who contest the United States of America. So “does patriotism still matter?” yes, it matters more than you would believe.