I am struck by those who claim to be “true patriots.” True patriots care about the health and safety of their communities. True patriots take steps, when asked, to safeguard the well-being of their neighbors. True patriots conduct their lives and their businesses within the confines of the law. True patriots respect and stay true to the oaths they have taken. True patriots are selfless in support of the common good.
On the other hand, here are things true patriots do not do: They do not jeopardize the health and safety of their communities; they do not risk their neighbors’ well-being by refusing to take steps to protect them; they do not blithely ignore licensing and health and safety regulations in conducting their businesses, to the detriment of their customers and competitors alike; they do not pick and choose which laws they want to obey; they do not violate oaths they have taken to be “ever faithful;” they do not engage in narcissistic grandstanding; and they do not bask in their proverbial “fifteen minutes of fame” while their neighbors are literally fighting for their lives.
Those in this latter group are not true patriots, rather they are lawless thugs.