What is this country?
This country is 316 million people. That’s what this country is.
It isn’t an extension of your ego. It isn’t the team you root for during televised sports events. It isn’t an abstraction. It isn’t a flag or a fireworks display or a jet-fighter formation flyover. It’s you and 316 million other people who are your fellow Americans.
And if you love your country that means you love those 316 million fellow citizens. You care about them and their well-being. You don’t condemn a law that helps millions of them obtain affordable, quality health insurance. You don’t try to undermine that law because it wasn’t your idea, or because you don’t like to be proved wrong, or because you hate the guy who pushed to make the law a reality.
If you are pushing to repeal a law that helps millions of Americans live better lives and makes our citizenry healthier and happier, don’t tell me you love this country because you don’t. You don’t even know what it means to love your country. In your selfish mind you’ve so completely twisted the idea of patriotism that you couldn’t be a true patriot if you tried.
Go buy a flag made in China or watch a John Wayne war movie or something. Go clean your gun and fantasize about one of your fellow Americans giving you an excuse to shoot him by coming to take your gun or wearing a hoodie or whatever. Whatever it is that deludes you into thinking you love your country; whatever it is that makes you think you have the right to call yourself a patriot.
Just stop trying to interfere with your fellow Americans as they try to look out for each other and work together to make your country a better place.