Educate yourself and others about your country

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CastleBee
01/24/2011

Educate yourself and others about your country 3

Being personally well informed is never a bad thing. But I think the concept of “educating” others implies a bit of arrogance. I am of the opinion that actions are going to speak much louder than words in convincing someone - especially when traveling in another country - that you are not the proverbial “Ugly American”. And tossing in a healthy amount of humility to temper any over abundance of pride (patriotic or otherwise) isn’t usually a bad idea either.

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FranksWildYear s
04/21/2010

Educate yourself and others about your country 3

Not a bad idea, for the self improvement aspects alone. Try to go beyond just listening to the Alan Jackson songbook as your source material though.

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Marcelina
08/29/2008

Educate yourself and others about your country 4

a good idea in theory but what is the source of the education...please, no public history texts

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lmorovan
05/12/2008

Educate yourself and others about your country 3

Education regarding our country and what it stands for is no longer a major topic or assignment in the schools. Sex education in an abhorrent way seems more important. The win over the debate that we come from animals is more important. Students who graduate have no idea where we come from as a nation and no clue of where we are heading. It's a total civic apathy. Our children are becoming experts in video games, on how to use a condom, of where to get an abortion, on the gays and lesbians agenda, on the major sports and movie stars. But they don't even know how to sing the National Anthem or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Education is no longer a school matter. We either take it on our own as parents, or we lose the next generation.

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GenghisTheHun
03/10/2007

Educate yourself and others about your country 5

The education in this country is spiraling so quickly downward, that we must all do what we can to help others learn. This is the most important point on the list.

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CanadaSucks
03/10/2007

Educate yourself and others about your country 2

Educate "others"?. . .that makes the quote a mixed bag at best. . .not approaching history objectively usually means flag-waving at the expense of certain historical realities and crimes. . .incessant negative-and-attacking historical accounts don't help much either. . ."the true historian has no country" - just teach history and leave national, theological, and personal dogma at home. . .

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Victor83
03/10/2007

Educate yourself and others about your country 4

"Educate" is a relative term. Teaching young people to be ashamed of their country, that America is/ was to blame for this or that, a laundry list of guilt trips, etc., may fall under the definition of education to some...but this is certainly not patriotic.

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decalod85
01/23/2006

Educate yourself and others about your country 5

Arm yourself with knowledge, friend. Also, teach your children.

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Randyman
06/18/2005

Educate yourself and others about your country 4

I don't think you're unpatriotic if you don't educate yourself, but if you don't have any idea of what the United States is all about, how could you justify your patriotism. This should be mandatory for anyone entering this country!

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abichara
05/15/2005

Educate yourself and others about your country 4

My political and social views are defined by a couple of very central premises. I have written extensively on politics, but my beliefs are informed by certain traits that motivate my normative observations of the world. At the end of the day, you can educate yourself about your country and your world, but each one of us will come to our own conclusions at the end of the day. Much can be said about our social world, therefore tolerance of belief in the best way to go. But that said, there are a few things that motivate my political belief system. First off, government is inherently incompetent, and if left to its own devises will perform a task in the most inefficient and expensive way possible. Secondly, building from the first point, government is inherently corrupt, thus heightening its inefficiency. Thirdly, relying on the mass media for your information about the community will, ironically enough leave you more ignorant than before. Fourthly, contrary to popular belief, we are not a pure democracy nor is that an ideal system, in fact, extending the franchise universally always to leads to mob rule and leadership defined by demagogues, party hacks, idiots, and other assorted tools and fools. Fifthly, our public education system is not living up to its promise. Last but not least, it should be pointed out that nothing ever changes. 8,000 years of human history tells us that it repeats itself. Do these views mean that I'm cynical? No. I simply believe that the human condition cannot be changed by government, so the best way to get a hold on the Leviathan is to limit the tasks that one assigns to it. Attempts to impose a form of utopia on people have always turned out to be abject failure because it strips the humanity out of humans. That makes me a conservative in the purest sense of the word. I can go on and on about government incompetency. The Romans built roads that are still used today, yet our modern day states can't even build roads that start cracking after a year? How about those airport security officers who frisk grandma's while allowing people with real weapons to get through? And on and on. As for the media, since they are now controlled by a handful of corporations more interested in maintaining a high profit margin rather than informing the American people, the product you receive is mostly fluff rather than hard news. Hard hitting news costs too much to produce, better to go with the latest fluff celebrity piece, its a lot cheaper to produce. As for government corruption, its all around us. Of course there are some honest officials and leaders who are against the graft, but the corrupt many times get their way. It requires a lot of money just to run for office, so much so that the field is limited to millionaires who can fund their own races and professional office seekers who will take money from wherever they can find it. That's why the politicians pay a lot of attention to those who supply the cash. That is the main theme behind the whole Tom DeLay issue. Voting has to come with certain responsibilities, among them basic literacy about history, economics, and some science. In order to vote, you should be able to make an intelligent choice about who to vote for. If you can't make an informed decision, the demagogues and professional hacks will come out on top. Public education doesn't help the matter either; 16 years of formal education from kindergarten to college and many people only have a rudimentary knowledge of basic history and geography? Finally, in a parting note to all utopians; people are selfish and flawed beings. They always have been, they are now, and they will always be. Human institutions, whether publicly or privately run, are going to reflect these flaws, being that it is run by people with those same instincts. Perfection can be found in the ideal, but not here.

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dpostoskie
05/11/2005

Educate yourself and others about your country 5

Very important and patriotic. For example, the mainstream American media is ignoring the memo that was recently exposed that detailed that Bush had already declared the US was going to overthrow Saddam in July 2002. He made it clear that the intelligence would need to be fixed in order to conform to the policy. All this, before even consulting the Congress!

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Skizero
01/27/2005

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i will. when i move to Europe after the novel is published, i plan on telling people EXACTLY what this country is about.

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Anonymous
10/27/2004

Educate yourself and others about your country 5

One thing Americans need to do more of is learn about their country and current events. Without knowledge of what is going on, it is impossible to make educated decisions. Americans are blinded by their general ignorance (no offense). Face it: do you think most people really know what is going on in Iraq and how the world as a whole views us? Many Americans say things such as We're the best because we want freedom. The rest of the world doesn't view us that way. In other countries the people know more about their government's policies than those in America do. Blindly following a leader is one mistake Americans cannot make again.

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twinmom101
09/02/2004

Educate yourself and others about your country 5

This is so critical! Practically no foreign policy history is taught in public school and most Americans have only a vague idea about how each branch of the federal government works. What is even more important is to teach the facts about consequences of American forgien and domestic policy in the past 100 years. How can we proclaim patriotism for own country and have such a limited knowledge of what makes America a great country to start with? Patriotism is not slapping a flag bumper-sticker on your pick-up and blaring Toby Keith songs. Patriotism is about educating yourself about your country to the best of your ability and making informed, level-headed choices when you head to the polls. A true patriot in my book is someone seeking knowledge about his/her country and votes and participates in politics (even if that means going to war if that is what one really belives) on the premise of making our country the best it can be. Ignorance gets us nowhere. True patriotism must go hand in hand with a desire to know more about our country, its' shortcomings and successes and to keep educating ourselves and others about what we can do to keep the US the great land that it is.

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bibliophile
09/02/2004

Educate yourself and others about your country 5

Educating oneself is always a good thing. Educating others is the challenge. You can lead people to solid, reasoned information but you can't make them read or listen. Sometimes it is difficult to know where to begin.

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OneHungryMonst er
09/01/2004

Educate yourself and others about your country 4

Good point.

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MariusQelDroma
08/28/2004

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History can teach us a lot about what has worked and what has not. Never forget....

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EschewObfuscat ion
08/28/2004

Educate yourself and others about your country 3

Educate yourself, yes. Educate others? No, that's their responsibility, regardless of their patriotism. Each of us is responsible for our own education level, unless we're teachers. They seem to have no responsibility at all to patriotism anymore.

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