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Country First September 8, 2008

Filed under: Current Events,Politics — katieosborne @ 1:38 pm
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I watched just a bit of the RNC last week, and I found their “Country First” slogan quite disconcerting, though not at all surprising, I suppose.

The intent is patriotism. But it’s not. It’s pure fascism.

According to the Republican Party, it seems clear that the State is of more value than the individual, and the greatest thing an individual can do is to serve it, no matter what the cause, no matter what the personal sacrifice. This is patriotism?

Ron Paul said last week in his Rally For The Republic speech, “A true patriot defends liberty and the people. Simply naming an act the Patriot Act and voting for it doesn’t make you a patriot.”

Especially as a Christian, I must adamantly disagree with this notion of “country first.” I love my country. I love the land, the ideals it was founded on, but my country is not first in my life. God is first, followed by my family. My allegiance does not lie with a government – especially not an immoral one. The collective is not more valuable than the individual, and I believe serving the needs of other individuals is of much greater value than serving the government.

I am not arguing that there is never a time to leave one’s family to fight for one’s country. But those times are few and far between; they are not the normal way of things. I believe we must fight when our individual liberties are being threatened and destroyed. Funny thing is, these days, the greatest threat to our liberties has come not from some foreign enemy, but from our own government.

Consider the following statements:

“Society’s needs come before the individual’s needs.”

“It is thus necessary that the individual should finally come to realize that his own ego is of no importance in comparison with the existence of the nation, that the position of the individual is conditioned solely by the interests of the nation as a whole.”

“The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life.”

Sounds like sentiments that could have come from the mouths of prominent leaders of our country, but those words were spoken by Hitler.

And do Hermann Goering’s words below not ring with the truth of what has happened to our nation over the last eight years?

“Naturally the common people don’t want war. But after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy or a fascist  dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”

What we need is not country first; it’s liberty and justice first. Everything else will follow from that.