I despise and pity people who scream “Love it or leave it!” at Citizens exercising their Constitutional Right to demand redress for wrongs committed in their name by Our government.
Because these protesters and American Citizens, just like this Navy Veteran, are the true Patriots who are calling upon Our Nation to be accountable for the malfeasance of Our government by expressing their disgust for the oligarchy we’ve been driven into.
This behavior, as distasteful as it is to oligarchs, patriarchs, and conservatives, is specifically covered and protected by Our Constitution in the First Amendment.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The actual words of the above language (underlined) are referred to in the Law as “an absolute injunction.”
Because I took an Oath to protect and serve Our Constitution which I take very seriously… even (eespecially) when zealots and Congresscritters dont.
The view you imply as “patriotism” by your question is one of “Love it or leave it” which is a child’s view of being a patriot.
I fought for my Nation and her Citizens… My fellow Citizens.
As an adult, a Veteran, a Patriot, and a Citizen: When my nation’s government does wrong by others, or by my fellow Citizens; I demand redress!
Sometimes those demands are phrased as disgust and approbation for heinous actions like murdering Citizens under false color of a war based entirely upon lies.
Sometimes those demands are phrased as disgust and approbation for bribed and treasonous Congresscritters servicing their corporate grafters instead of the Citizens and Constitution they swore a legally binding Oath to defend and serve.
That’s as it should be!
Bottom Line: If you’re not calling out to demand that Our government correct it’s mis- steps and malfeasance, you are part of the actual problem.
Those who stand silent in the face of evil are themselves evil.
Look, the only relationship which could reasonably be considered to be beyond reproach is one of a child for its mother. That “nanny state” mentality is not the relationship I have with my government, nor would I tolerate such.
Last but not least, as my friend Christopher Stanton once quoth in a comment:
“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
So… No! We will not “just shut up and go away!”