I wanted to clear something up with the definitions of the word "patriot". It is commonly mistakenly identified with "love of country" or "blindly following" what the government says. While to some extent it does involve a profound love of one's country, the main marking of a Patriot is complete adherence to the ideas of the Constitution. Let me be clear, most Patriots are conservative, but there are many liberal Patriots as well.

The Oath of Office or Enlistment to the Armed Forces is a commitment to uphold the Constitution and protect the nation "from all enemies, foreign and domestic". A Patriot recognizes that the threat to freedom and liberty does not discriminate and can even infect the elected representatives of the United States.

It is a commitment to civil liberties and a promise to defend the land whether the protection being sought is from terrorists overseas, or the President in the White House, or the Congress in Washington.

The main rights protected under the Bill of Rights and Constitution are free speech, freedom of assembly, suffrage for all men and women of age, the right to life, liberty, and property, right from illegal search and seizure, right to remain silent, freedom of the press, freedom of equality for ALL men and women, and in addition there are also fundamental rights of the accused, freedom of religion and freedom from religion, freedom from quartering soldiers, right to a jury trial, and the two biggest ones that make all this possible: the right to due process, and the right of habeas corpus.

And the reason the majority of Patriots are conservative is because the one amendment that ensures and protects these rights is the Second Amendment. "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

The Founding Fathers were not inbred hicks who wanted to go quail hunting or hurt animals like PETA tells you. The right to keep and bear arms and to form militias was put there because the Founding Fathers recognized that government was a necessary evil. The growing complacency of men results in a government with expanding authority and power that ultimately becomes tyranny. Unfortunately, most do not know the reason for the Second Amendment. It is not protection from terrorists overseas, or criminals at home... It is for protection from the government itself.

Thomas Jefferson himself believed that we would see revolution in perpetuity and argued that it should be so, as he knew the government was a necessary evil that if not, at times, restrained, it would be the death of civil liberties as we know them.

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. "

Patriotism is not allegiance to country, nor to political parties, nor to elected representatives. It is full devotion to the Constitution even if we must die for it, and any government who violates the rights laid out in that document has become the very terrorists they purportedly despise.
The Founding Fathers were great patriots who risked life and limb in pursuit of freedom from tyranny. Even when King George ordered him to be killed, Washington continued in his defiance of the Crown and finally took victory against General Cornwallis in 1781.
by White Christian June 23, 2009
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Originally, a patriot was someone who loves their country and supports it, but won't blindly follow whatever their country's government does. These days, it is synonymous with Nationalist, which is someone who blindly follows whatever his country's government does, and lacks his own ability to think and reason for himself.
Many Americans seem to be patriots. More of them are nationalists.
by John Q Moron December 06, 2003
A secret society that controls every part of the US government in MGS2.
Did you hear there is a group that rules the united states and controls the government?

shhhh, they'll hear you.....
by oswald the ninja July 20, 2004
The 5th most common word in the USA, with "give", "me", "another" and "burger", just beating it to the top 4 places.
Give me another burger cos i'm a patriot
by elliot September 22, 2003
A citizen of one of the united States who loves his country.

Commonly, "love your country" is incorrectly interpreted as "support your country's government regardless of what it is doing". This is also, consequently, the type of person that people mistake a patriot as.

A true patriot loves his country to the extent that he will work to change it or point out what his country's government is doing wrong.

Most patriots wish to change the government to run the way the constitution describes it should.
Wow, Dave is against the Patriot Act, the Real ID act, and a whole bunch of unconstitutional laws. He must be a patriot.
by DaVx0r August 24, 2005
A well accomplished NFL team that has gone under much scrutiny due to an incident involving film. They have an excellent record, have broken numerous records and won more than one superbowl which is an accomplishment in itself. Many people who are anti-patriots come up with poor excuses to dislike them such as calling them (and their coach) "cheaters" despite the fact they aren't the only team that has filmed other teams. If you aren't competent enough to come up with an excuse for hating them just call them "cheaters" and high five whoever is near you.
-Dude the patriots are such fuckin cheaters they deserve to lose against manning!

uhh, they didn't cheat they just didn't stand in the designated spot while filming. Maybe you should read up on the rules before u say retarded things like that...

-STFU u fag! They DID cheat I know it!

can I just have my coffee already?
by Supadupah February 17, 2008
Originally a word used to describe someone who takes pride in being a citizen of their country. Most recently used to keep down anti-war activists by accusing them of not loving their country because they don't want to send innocent men and women to their deaths for unjust cause.

After being called a non-patriot, it is very likely the person will also be called a terrorist as well. Ironically enough, so-called "terrorists" would be probably be considered patriots by their own people.
If you're not a patriot who wants to kill people, you're a terrorist who...wants to kill people?
by RobTheReef July 12, 2009
A real patriot is someone who loves their country enough to speak up when they see something that needs to be changed; not someone who blindly assumes that their government knows best and is always right no matter what.
I am a patriot in the real sense of the word, not the post-9/11 "if you don't kiss our government's butt you're not a real patriot" sense.
by D-Shiznit August 16, 2007
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