Nearly all of the university students interviewed by the Collegian on Monday lacked the knowledge to answer basic questions about the Bill of Rights or current events that relate to the U.S. Constitution.
We at the Collegian don’t believe that any of these students, nor any U.S. citizen who has not put forth the effort to understand this crucial and protective document, can reasonably call themselves patriots.
Being a patriot doesn’t begin and end with putting up an American flag, saying you support the troops or saying you hate terrorists. Being a patriot is not pitching a quarter into some veteran’s charity bucket.
That’s not to say that some patriots don’t do things like that.
But being a patriot involves much more. It’s having an informed understanding of what our country is, where it came from and what really makes it different from a lot of others.
It’s being able to say what you’re proud of about your country while having the courage to say what you believe should be different. Yes, sadly, it takes some work and effort to become a patriot.
So we challenge you all to become patriots.
During this week, which happens to be Constitution Week, pick up a copy of the U.S. Constitution, or at least the Bill of Rights. It’s cheap at most bookstores, and it’s available free online.
Remember, too, that the fiercest patriots often object to the practices of their government’s officials. America’s Founding Fathers, who took up arms and rebelled against the British government, certainly did.