Friday, December 4, 2009
Nationalism vs. Patriotism- extra credit
The entire debate in class between Nationalism and Patriotism is about the understanding of each of these terms. I feel that both are closely related to one another. To me, it’s like the theme song to Married with Children. “Love and Marriage… you can’t have one with out the other”. I feel that you might as well replace love and marriage with Nationalism and Patriotism. Nationalism is the idea of the nation as a whole complete unit, such as “We the people of the United States” being that we all belong to the United States. While Patriotism would be our love or honor of the United States, like the song “I’m proud to be an American”. Obviously you can’t be proud to be something unless that something tangibly exists even as an idea. That is, I can’t be proud of America until the idea of a national common identity exists.