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The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist with force the oppressive power of King George. I accept the definition of patriotism as that effort to resist oppressive state power. The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility, and out of self interest -- for himself, his family, and the future of his country -- to resist government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state. […] Resistance to illegal and unconstitutional usurpation of our rights is required. Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing. Let not those who love the power of the welfare/warfare state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring. Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity and a blind desire for safety and security. Understanding the magnificent rewards of a free society makes us unbashful in its promotion, fully realizing that maximum wealth is created and the greatest chance for peace comes from a society respectful of individual liberty.”
  —Ron Paul
 In the Name of Patriotism (Who are the Patriots?), May 22, 2007

Syria: Opposition Council Reportedly Set To Be Announced

ISTANBUL — A Syrian romantic says a organisation of antithesis members are set to announce a inhabitant legislature in their bid to benefaction a joined front opposite President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Louay Safi, a U.S.-based academic, tells a AP a organisation of activists will on Thursday announce a 130-member council, done adult of 60 banished opponents and 70 dissidents inside Syria.

Members of a organisation have been assembly in adjacent Turkey in an try to form a one platform, nonetheless not everybody among Syria’s opposition, fragmented by beliefs and mistrust, supports their initiative.

Safi says a Council is broad-based and includes Sunnis, Shiites, Alawites, Kurds and members of a Muslim Brotherhood. He says it is “open to everybody unless they are opposite democracy.”

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