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My Patriotism Isn’t Defined by a T-Shirt

…. or a bumper sticker.  Or a coffee mug.  Or a pen.  Or any other article of clothing, business utensil, or chachkie. I noticed, shortly after 09/11, that more and more “patriotic” gear started turning up.  It was everywhere I looked – and still is.  It makes sense, right?  America is coming together, despite our ideological […]

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Current Controversies: Patriotism

The Binary Biker has been published (again)! A blog post I wrote in 2010 on Patriotism was picked up and included in a textbook titled Current Controversies: Patriotism.  Published by Greenhaven Press, the text is part of a collection of books that touch on hot and emerging topics in today’s world.  From the publisher’s website: Each […]

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Blind Patriotism Is Rampant

Patriotism is defined, by dictionary.com, as  “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.” That’s it; that’s all there is to the definition of patriotism.  There is no sub-clause in that definition stating that a patriot must support the troops in the exact same fashion as the vocal majority or minority.  There is […]

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The Patriotic Racist

Take a look at this picture I saw on Facebook yesterday.  Let me describe it to you. This self-proclaimed patriot, Dave Southern, ostensibly says he takes issue with flag burning.  He’s crouching in front of an American flag, an AR-15 cradled in his lap.  He’s wearing a tactical vest, sunglasses, a baseball cap, and appears to […]

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9/11: The Toxic Nature of Hate

Another 9/11 anniversary is here.  Predictably, my Facebook newsfeed is filled with the obligatory cheap and disposable patriotism that emerges on this day now.  It’s always amazing to me how people can treat patriotism like a t-shirt; put on and pulled off at need.  Like a young adult getting dressed for a night of partying, […]

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What a Binary Biker is Not

I was riding through Ormond Beach, Florida yesterday when a fellow biker pulled up next to me and asked for directions to St. Augustine. Of course I assisted, but as he rode away I noticed the stickers on his helmet and his saddle bags. His helmet had a picture of a hand giving the finger, […]

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Why I Won’t Be Voting for Phil Diamond for Mayor of Orlando

See this man featured here?  That’s Phil Diamond.  He’s running for Mayor of Orlando. And he’s my next door neighbor.  Literally.  His house is right next to mine; less than 25 feet separate our houses.  He has spoken less than 25 words to me in the two years I have been living next door to him.  The […]

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The Terrorists Have Won

I didn’t watch any of the memorial services yesterday.   I didn’t tune into the radio and listen to the 9/11 commentary, ten years later.  When I was on the elliptical machine at the gym last night, I kept my headphones in my MP3 player instead of watching the solemn and respectful services.  I didn’t […]

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American Politicians Take Lessons from Internet Trolls

American politics are a mess.  I have never been more disturbed and concerned about the future of our nation than I am right now.  Our politics have never been more partisan.  Our leaders have never been less willing to compromise.  Grand gestures and impossible ideology have become more important than doing the right thing.  Ad hominem attacks […]

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America as seen through the eyes of a 15yo French Boy

I’m on Twitter a few days ago when I decide to search for the hashtag #patriotism.  Yes, I was shamelessly looking for ways to plug my posts here on BinaryBiker.com on patriotism.   My tactic, look over posts and, when it seems like it might be a fit for one of my blogs, I reply […]

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