A thought provoking post from Ammo.com
The terms “nationalism” and “patriotism” are often used interchangeably. This is understandable, as they have somewhat overlapping meanings, both of which suffer from a certain amount of vagueness. However, there are a number of key differences between the two that are worth shedding light on. In the final analysis, we believe that the term “nationalism,” while not denoting anything totalitarian by its nature, is not an accurate term for the sentiment that exists in the United States. Nationalism, it would seem, is more suited to Europe or Asia, places with historic nations, united by common language and ethnicity that are necessarily tied with a certain area of land.
Full article, HERE.
It’s a good discussion of the differences, including what has/is going on in Europe. It also goes into the differences between ‘blood and soil’, and what we have as Americans.
Definitely worth the read, and worth a few minutes of your time. For many of us that spent time in the military, I think it was more patriotism than anything else- I think ‘our’ definition was more along the lines of devotion to one’s country and defending those ideals and freedoms that America stands for.
And the more places we went, the better America looked to us. We ‘saw’ the other side of the coin, the restrictions, lack of free media, the disenfranchising of certain ethnicities, and last but not least, how cheap life was in some of those places…
I’ve never regretted serving, and I would do it again if called.