Analysis Of Ian Frazier's All-Consuming Patriotism

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Patriotism, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, is “love that people feel for their country.” In different ways, American’s express patriotism. Ian Frazier’s “All-Consuming Patriotism” provides insight as to that same love people feel for their country being abused by our government. In this text, Frazier presents a strong opinion demonstrating the power of the government and the toll the government has on it’s people. Although I, personally, do not recall the attack on 9/11, that act of terrorism affected our country in ways I cannot comprehend. Frazier writes of one major example of this: the persuasion of excessive consumption. In 2002, the United States government called for an increase in shopping, as a way to steer clear …show more content…
Notwithstanding justifiable, to desire a more dependable, progressive approach to help the nation’s economy, many citizens are unlikely to do more than they already are. The mindset is commonly “only been willing to do something,” if results are seen rapidly. 9/11 caused nationwide fear along with unexplainable amounts of distress. Due to this terrorism-caused fear, many American’s avoided natural tasks such as shopping for groceries or traveling. Consequently, the government gave a patriotic ultimatum, ensuring our economy would not crash in the long run. This ultimatum, as Frazier notes, was merely shopping more, causing more spending of money, that would in turn, return to our government …show more content…
Contrarily, the start up of another Soldiers’ Aid Society does not convince me needed changes would occur, either. Frazier’s ideas of helping the country through more civil work are admirable, nevertheless unhealthy, for the common people. While a larger military would be of the country’s benefit, I believe that only the citizens who feel compelled to join the military, and other civil services, would be of immense aid to our nation. The government presumably downsized the aftermath of 9/11, leaving American citizens sheltered from brutal reality. In coincidence with threats of future terrorist attacks, the crashing economy potentially forced the government to seek a way to make up for the aftermath of 9/11 in a way that didn’t frighten citizens more than they already had been. Despite not personally understanding the aftermath 9/11 caused, I believe the encouragement of shopping was an intelligent way to gather general income for our nation’s

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