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Redefining Patriotism Equals ‘Promoting Change’ In The Political Process

election-vote-politicsRecently, my family attended a Nationals game that just happened to be the night the Nats honored the U.S. Army.  A general threw out the first pitch, the Army Secretary handed the ball to the pitcher, and the whole stadium stood in silence to hear the Army Singing Sergeants sing the Star Spangled Banner and watch the presentation of the Colors.

Soldiers in crisp military dress lined the field in rows straighter than mere mortals could ever replicate. This show of patriotism never gets old.  It serves to remind us of the respect we have for our country and those who defend it.

But, there is a different kind of patriotism that, while not as showy, happens in business meetings and dinner tables.  Take for example, the session at the WBENC conference in Orlando a few weeks ago sponsored by WIPP/WE Decide 2016.  For an hour and a half, we went over the presidential and congressional elections.  We talked about what candidates were or were not saying and how the business community has been largely left on the sidelines.

The participants in the room did not know each other, but they started coming up with ideas on how to change party rules, gerrymandered districts, and making a difference in upcoming elections.  Yes, we talked about politics without getting snarky.  Long after I finished presenting, groups of people around tables kept the discussion going.  That’s patriotism.

Polls suggest politics is ‘off the table’ right now.  The presidential election survey data show the majority of voters in the Republican Party choose “someone else” instead of their presumptive nominee.  And, the one segment (those that held no degrees) that selected Trump did so with the slightest of margins.  On the Democratic side, the news isn’t much better.  According to Public Policy Polling, Clinton’s favorability is 39/54, and Trump is even worse off at 35/58.

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Ann Sullivan
Ann Sullivanhttp://www.madisonservicesgroup.com/
ANN Sullivan is the President of Madison Services Group, Inc, a woman-owned government relations firm in Washington, DC. She also serves as Women Impacting Public Policy’s chief advocate in Washington, D.C., a role she has now held for over a decade.

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  1. Patriotism in defense of virtue, is a must. What the political process has left out is defending virtue and replacing it with the morality of the moment. That leaves the defense of virtue on the sideline and placing the expediency of the twisted truth as the model of virtue

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