All this Occupy Wall Street furor has me itchin'...so I'm listening to Living Colour's recording "Vivid" & now Rage Against the Machine's eponymous recording! Methinks I need a little social justice music!
"Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism."- Thomas Jefferson
"It is the duty of the Patriot to protect his country from his government" -Thomas Paine
I suggest that a healthy disrespect for authority, the routine questioning of power, a demand for transparency in government, a knowledge of history, an appreciation for context, critical reasoning skills, & access to an independent, verifiable ballot box are the essential tools for all patriotic citizens.