Patriots are you, me, and thousands of others like us standing firm forour country — William McGinnisBeing thankful and appreciative of the peace and freedom we enjoy inthis country each day, is also a form of patriotism. Patriotism is a love and devotion to ones country. Patriotism can becompared to the structure of a building. It keeps the building standingtall and strong. Without it the building would crumble. When I think ofpatriotism I think of Malaysian. As one part from the society inMalaysia, I agreed that we all should always show loyalty and gratitudeto our country. Based on the facts in Malaysia, newspapers andtelevision news broadcasts have been full of calls by governmentministers and officials for greater patriotism in the country. So, what ispatriotism?They talk about the broad matters, about revolutionary heroes, aboutMerdeka Day parades, about soldiers, about politics – but they don’ttalk about what’s going on inside them – the feeling they have for thiscountry, the loyalty they ascribe to, the pride they take in beingMalaysians, or, what they would be willing to do for their country.A patriotic act is “any selfless act that directly benefits the nation”,according to Word.IQ.com.It states that displaying the national flag, singing the national anthem,participating in a mass rally, placing a patriotic bumper sticker on one’svehicle, or publicly proclaiming one’s allegiance to the nation in anyappropriate way, are all acts of patriotism.Just like the Smart Schools project, The National Service is based on ahalf-baked philosophy of teaching and learning.The National Service is based on the philosophy of anti-humanism; aphilosophy governing the government’s attempt to engineer the
human mind. This is an example of how “education becomes a hotlycontested terrain,” and how the young, creative minds are beingendangered by those in power who lack the understanding of whateducation should mean.
I am the most famous icon on earth, on display all over the world... standing guard at majestic official buildings, in courtrooms, churches, and even on the moon. I fly from the houses of families who revere the country, and snap in the breeze on parade. I stand for freedom, honor, justice, service, prosperity and power.My stars and stripes—my red, white and blue,evoke respect and admiration from the good, apprehension and fear from the evil. Sometimes soiled and tattered, even bloodstained, I survived the grinding toil of wars, urging my weary warriors to fight on. I lie precisely folded, held by mothers of fallen soldiers as their fingertips caress me for comfort and strength. I am invincible. I have been burned, spat upon, trampled and cursed, but I overcome all to unfurl, soar, and inspire again. I am the Malaysian Flag, a symbol of freedom, forever.