(Original post by Agenda Suicide)
Just recently, people have associated patriotism with being racist, being hateful, stupid or aggressive towards those who are from elsewhere. People see immigration as an issue. Whilst a lot of the country is united and we get along just fine, there is clear division and tensions within the country.
You may call me radical but I for one am not too fussed about immigration (obviously being realistic and reasonable and not literally overflowing the country), I honestly would welcome in with open arms people from all around the world to share our country and what we have.
This was all going well until Britain seemed to develop a rather strange attitude. The attitude of apologists and and silent destruction. Rather than welcome these people to Britain with open arms and say "hey lovely to meet you, enjoy being British and what a lovely person you are" we instead seemed to be saying "Hey, welcome to Britain we don't want to appear offensive in anyway, shape or form so we will step down our own tradition and fun".
Don't get me wrong, I'm not confused, I'm not suddenly going to say this is a BNP registry call or blame the jews, I'm not. But does anybody else feel the same way as me in the fact that whilst I believe we should make a conscious effort to adapt and accept those who coming from different cultures, we must not legislate and neglect our own.
I'm not saying everybody coming in has to kiss a portrait of the Queen and recite our anthem, not at all, but atleast we can not forget what's good about what we have.
To be patriotic you don't need to be a certain colour, you don't need to be a certain religion or height or age or anything. You just need to find pride in the fact of where you're from and the community around you.
Patriotism is fun. It unites people, it makes people feel included and is inclusive in giving people a purpose, a community and a cause to rally behind. So why is it such an issue?
I admit, I'm not oblivious to the fact that groups like the BNP have hijacked the image and twisted it for their own sick ideals but still the point remains.
This is where I'm heading with my question and well hopefully the thread discussion, would everybody be a lot easier on immigration and would there be less tension if the country as a whole was a bit more united and patriotic or the fact that we simply accomodated for but not reinvented ourselves and the country for everybody that passes through?
I am fine with immigration and sharing everything we have and everything that's good about the country, as long as we keep everything that's good.
(I am fully aware that I've opened myself up to negs from just about everybody, some will see me as a radical who wants to accept too many immigrants and some will see my vision for a united Britain under patriotism to ease the tensions as somehow racist or something else ridiculous.)
Skip to 2:50, all them flags waving, wow it feels good.