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Patriotism Defined, First Amendment Explained.

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The Patriot Act acts, it is not real patriotism. The real patriotic act, the original formula to patriotism cannot be replaced, perhaps it can be bettered or perhaps the original theory is complete and may be not be improvable. The First Amendment, the first right of the people in the U.S.A., Amendment A#1 is the original Patriot Act. The prescription to properly confront oligarchical collectivism and isms of all sorts is presented in the very First Amendment in the U.S.A. Bill of Rights. The First Amendment is the formula and prescription to nonviolently fight monopolistic isms. It is the way in which change is conducted without hostile confrontation. The First Amendment defines patriotism.
All other Amendments are straightforward and pertain to particulars whereas the First Amendment is an amalgamation of many subjects because it is the explanation of patriotism, put in the form of, and protected as one right. There are five distinct parts to the First Amendment, five parts to the whole. These five distinctions spell out five separate rights and stages essential to form patriotism. These five rights and procedures to patriotism were formulated by the original patriots through their diplomatic, rhetorical and martial experience against the forces of the most powerful empire the world had known.

Throughout recorded time, the individual rights described in the First Amendment have been coercively and institutionally stomped out. Normally the stomping is done on a perceived "them" among an imagined "us" denoted by some institutionally conjured character judgment or fear based assumptions. Exploitation has been institutionally and individually driven, but when individuals are run over on a large scale it always begins with the removal of their First Amendment rights.
The First Amendment, the patriotic formula, was deciphered, enacted and scribed by the original patriots. There are five distinct parts to the First Amendment. To be a patriot one must question, communicate, speak out, stop and act. These rights are more commonly known as the Five First Amendment Freedoms.

Normally the First Amendment Freedoms are interpreted and presented as the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Everything is open for interpretation. This traditional presentation is not personal enough, not formulated as simple individual actions, but institutional procedure. The First Amendment protects these basic rights and provides direction to implement patriotism by making them as five fingers of a hand.

To be a patriot one must always question information in an unbiased manner without conniving intentions to make gains over others from answers. When a subject arises that needs scrutiny, one must communicate with others. The next step is to speak out in print or loud voice to the public at large about the subject in question. If the subject continues to be questionable, one stops and ceases participation in protest with others. If questions are left unanswered, if the subject remains questionable, if exploitation continues, then action is taken.

To meet the requirements of a patriotic action there must not be harm or violence done to others and nothing can be stolen as exemplified at The Boston Tea Party or Big Steep. Essentially there must be harm done to another. Actions might remain patriotic as long as no harm comes to the wellbeing and liberty of others. Such peaceful patriotic actions tend to be impenetrable to institutional operations and distortions. One must always defend oneself if physically threatened; this is the Second Amendment. Self-defense is a primordial and legal action and unless one intends to make a statement like Gandhi in the face of institutional sticks, legitimate.

When the right to free speech and free press is used to say bull or splatter insults, it's no longer patriotism, it's just a right. If one uses the right to question the interpretation of God simply to insult, divide or manipulate others, it is no longer patriotic. If people use these rights, this formula peacefully and in liberty, to instigate thought and progression, then and only then, are these actions patriotic.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

The beginning to every invention, every story, development, action, indeed every institution, religious and otherwise began with questions. Questions concerning the specifics and generalities of God are the most rippling. Congress shall make no law prohibiting the free exercise of questions pertaining to the interpretation of God and all other subjects.

People have the right to question the world and the universe, any theory, any portion of reality and the interpretation of God herself, in whatever manner they see fit. People have the right to question any subject up to and including the interpretation of God through any religion or other discipline. People have the right to question any subject, even established religious interpretations. No individual shall face repercussion for their interpretation of God and any other question, other than being told another perspective. Everyone has the right to question everything and exercise individual interpretations of everything, even God. When one is allowed to question religious interpretations, then questioning all else is granted. No subject is above questioning and no institution is above questions, even those of God. Everything changes and sometimes people lie, requiring open questions.
The original patriots knew the power of questioning and they did so, perhaps over a cup of tea, while discussing tea. "Who? What? Where? Why? When? And, how?" They asked.

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