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By Susan Brown What makes me a Patriot you might ask? I revere our Constitution. I still believe in The Founding Fathers vision. I believe that our Judeo Christian values and our Biblical roots are what has kept us in God’s grace and that being in his grace is why we are the greatest nation in the history of mankind. I believe in American Exceptionalism. I understand that knowing and learning from our history, our trial and triumphs, is imperative. I reject the lies of the left and embrace our past.

When did I become a Patriot you might ask? I was born with the blessing of a patriots heart an that blessing was nurtured from early childhood by my parents, by my church and even by my school days. I come from an era in which each day began by reciting The Pledge of Allegiance

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of The United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation UNDER GOD indivisible with liberty and justice for all”

Each morning I and my classmates stood with our hands over our hearts and began our day with reverence for God and country. I was taught what the flag represents; thirteen red stripes representing the thirteen original colonies and fifty stars, one for each state of the union. I was taught to respect it as sacred. To never let it tough the ground and that unless it was to dispose of a flag that had served and was being retired to burn it was a sacrilege.

Yes, I had planted the seeds of patriotism in my heart at an early age but that was not where the story ends. All my life I have attended Independence Day fireworks shows on the 4th of July and was reminded by those fireworks of our national anthem.

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

I attended parades I which our soldiers marched in cadence and was moved to tears as I watched those brave young men, in their uniforms march by knowing that they had taken an oath to protect and defend the country that I had the honor and privilege of calling my home from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I stood in awe that they would risk their very lives to keep me free.

My patriotic training did not end there; in fact those things were just the beginning. I did not become a full fledged patriot until the day came when I realize that because of a slow and steady march of her stealth enemies from within my country was in jeopardy, she needed me! I was not the first to see this but when, because of the efforts of my most vigilant fellow citizen patriots, I came to realize that if my children and grandchildren were to enjoy the blessing of liberty that I had come to take for granted I would have to stand up and fight for those liberties.

I did not have an abrupt epiphany or awaken one morning to be a true and dedicated American Patriot. No, it was a gradual process that was inflamed by every shrinking of America’s freedoms. Inch by inch and liberty lost by liberty lost my determination to turn back the tide of the socialist progressive left my dedication deepened to the point at which I knew in my heart that I would lay down my life to see The Republic restored to her former glory!

Yes I am an American Patriot; a foot soldier of sorts, fighting a battle to save the country that I know is worth dying for. Are you an American Patriot too?? If so we shall stand shoulder to shoulder until the battle is won!

God bless you my fellow Patriots and GOD BLESS AMERICA She said it better than I ever could!