COMMENTARY: What is a Patriot?

In 2004 I married my passion for writing original rock with my love for America’s founding principles. The principles found in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

My goal is to inspire people around the world to learn about, think about and talk about individual liberty and to find positive, creative ways to help secure it. In 2005, I founded so naturally, I’m often asked “What is a patriot?”

Almost all dictionary definitions of a “patriot” give the denotation, but ignore the connotation entirely:

Merriam-Webster Online:
Patriot: one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests.

Cambridge Dictionary:
Patriot: a person who loves their country and, if necessary, will fight for it

Only one dictionary that I have found gets close but it’s in their second definition:
1. a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and…



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