Wow there have been some great posts in this thread. What a fantastic idea for a thread.
Patriotism is different to Nationalism, the former being what I think most of us are, and the latter being reserved to more fundamentalist types.Definitions:Patriotism
: when you love your country and are proud of it.Nationalism
: 1) the desire for and the attempt to achieve political independence for your country or nation, 2) a great or too great
love of your own country:
I am a patriot. And if using the definition above, yes I am proud of my country. But I'm not proud of our leader, and being patriotic doesn't mean that I don't question, disapprove of and sometimes downright disagree with him. To me, he has done more to harm this wonderful nation than anyone outside Australia could have done.
He talks ad nauseum about people/acts/protests - anything that disagrees with him - as being `un-Australian'. But he is the most `un-Australian' thing that has ever happened to this country.
I am patriotic, yes. I believe this country has the potential for great things. We have a physically beautiful land to live in - I love our quirks, I love our language, I love our stories, I love our people. I think our government has let us down. And I'm not alone - new polls released this morning show our government and our Prime Minister in the worst favour they have been in since being elected to power all those years ago.
But what I love most is my right as an Australian to have a say in how my country is run, to have the freedoms that I have, and to be free to criticise my government without fear of retribution from them. Do I love Australia? Yes. Do I love being Australian? Yes. Do I think we can do better? Yes. And, being patriotic, I believe we will!