There is a difference between a Patriot and a "Patriopath"

There is a difference between a Patriot and a "Patriopath"

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    There is a difference between a Patriot and a "Patriopath"

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    There is a difference between a Patriot and a "Patriopath".

    A Patriot serves his Country and his Community, whether through service or support at the ballot box.

    A Patriopath serves himself to feed his sense of self righteous indignation over the actions of those who actually serve but don't conform to the Patriopaths twisted view of Citizenship and it's inherent responsibilities. They tend to complain without contributing and criticize without constructive solutions. They tend to copy the words of great Patriots but act in a way that would appall and shame them.

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    A little slow a FCC Mr. Brown ; )
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
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    There is a difference between a Patriot and a "Patriopath".

    A Patriot serves his Country and his Community, whether through service or support at the ballot box.

    A Patriopath serves himself to feed his sense of self righteous indignation over the actions of those who actually serve but don't conform to the Patriopaths twisted view of Citizenship and it's inherent responsibilities. They tend to complain without contributing and criticize without constructive solutions. They tend to copy the words of great Patriots but act in a way that would appall and shame them.

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    Thoughts? Well stated by your the original author and spot on.
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    zealotry and extremism are dangerous regardless their source. Religion, environmentalism, patriiotism, racism, it hardly matters... or at least the final effect is the same regardless of the vehicle used to justify it.
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    Please remember the following in November.
    There are people in BOTH major political parties which seek to exert more control over all.
    They have no problem using an event or popular idea to mobilize support.
    They are more concerned with promoting themselves than representing those who elected them.
    You may favor one party over the other, but be certain of the motives of the people you vote for.

    Our elected representatives need to remember they were elected to serve those who elected them.
    Not the other way around.

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    True story. Once upon a time, before we went into Iraq, a hannity fan told me I wasn't "A GREAT AMERICAN" because I didn't support it. When I pointed out I spent 4 in the CORPS and he has never done anything for the country, he went berserk and screamed I was a terrorist lover. Is that a patriopath?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powpig2002 View Post
    True story. Once upon a time, before we went into Iraq, a hannity fan told me I wasn't "A GREAT AMERICAN" because I didn't support it. When I pointed out I spent 4 in the CORPS and he has never done anything for the country, he went berserk and screamed I was a terrorist lover. Is that a patriopath?
    He may well have been especially if he only voiced support for going to war and then did not follow through by supporting the troops who were over there and pushing the government to give them whatever they needed to be successful. That said I have known soldiers that I would hesitate to call patriots and have known civilians who seem very patriotic in my opinion. As a person who has served and who has contributed to Hannity's fundraisers for service men's families I consider Hannity a patriot and he has never served in the military. I would consider someone who did not support going to war and then refused to support the troops who were ordered to go there a patriopath per the author's definition as I interpret it. Not because they did not support going to war but because they refused to support the troops who were only doing their duty. I think patriotism means different things to different people and to me it means supporting our troops and doing whatever we can to bring them home safely despite our feelings on whether they should be there.
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    I served in peace time,I support the constitution as written and get incensed when it is infringed on WTH is a First Amendment "ZONE"I support patriots that are trying to circumvent these attacks in a peaceful manner and at the ballot box.But if it came down to it I would answer the call to arms to protect my country from all enemies foreign or domestic
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMcPhe44 View Post
    He may well have been especially if he only voiced support for going to war and then did not follow through by supporting the troops who were over there and pushing the government to give them whatever they needed to be successful. That said I have known soldiers that I would hesitate to call patriots and have known civilians who seem very patriotic in my opinion. As a person who has served and who has contributed to Hannity's fundraisers for service men's families I consider Hannity a patriot and he has never served in the military. I would consider someone who did not support going to war and then refused to support the troops who were ordered to go there a patriopath per the author's definition as I interpret it. Not because they did not support going to war but because they refused to support the troops who were only doing their duty. I think patriotism means different things to different people and to me it means supporting our troops and doing whatever we can to bring them home safely despite our feelings on whether they should be there.
    Sir, if you are implying that I don't support our troops, YOU ARE GROSSLY MISTAKEN

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    I think your definitions describe the same type of individual - only one defers to the government-in-charge and one doesn't. Both have been absorbed into different collectives and are suspicious of the other.
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    Excellent post, Brownie, and a very accurate observation.
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    A "Patriot" cares what happens in his country after his own demise. A "Patriopath" cares about "NOW" and carries his own spotlight, to shine on himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powpig2002 View Post
    Sir, if you are implying that I don't support our troops, YOU ARE GROSSLY MISTAKEN
    You are grossly over reading my post if you thought it referred to you. I was commenting on whether the person you referred to was a patriopath per the Op description. Whether a person supports or does not support going to war is not of relevance to me but supporting the troops is definitely relevant to being a patriot in my opinion. The military does not start the wars but they should be allowed to finish them while following orders and defending themselves.
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    never even heard of a patriopath until now.
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    The OP says it so perfectly I have nothing further to add!
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