Patriotism in the 21st Century
With regard to the US, I think we find a mix. Every effort is made by power and doctrinal systems to stir up the more dangerous and destructive forms of "patriotism"; every effort is made by people committed to peace and justice to organize and encourage the beneficial kinds. It's a constant struggle.
Apparently God has been blessing America for a long time, according to traditional patriotic stalwarts, but the results have been somewhat less than divine. Now the United States is embroiled in a confused occupation of a foreign country that seventy percent of the people say they want ended. People are being killed, the occupied country is devastated, and the economy at home is failing. America has a long history of dissent, indeed the birth of the country was based on a revolution proclaiming unfair representation of the people's will.
Saturn (authority) is opposing Uranus (dissent) and the subject is beginning to dominate the political landscape. Despite the rage in parts of Reverend Jeremiah Wright's sermons on God and governmental immorality, something about them rang true and the country is currently recovering from shock treatment. Obama himself, one of the alleged culprits in the matter, is an extraordinarily Uranian gentleman.
The question comes up about real defense of country and the most effective way to show pride. Dissatisfaction. Is it a cheap pin on a lapel? A spine tingling speech? A poetic song? Support of a war that still hasn't found a reason? Peaceful demonstrations? Bloody battle in the streets? Running for office?
The USA has Uranus and Mars in Gemini indicating skill with verbal protest, as well as Moon in Aquarius quincunx Mercury. Saturn by transit is squaring Uranus giving concrete form to the discontent. Interesting how Jeremiah's bombastic expression was juxtaposed with Barack's calm and gentle presentation, two sides of dualistic Gemini. The world is connected in cyberspace now sending messages back and forth around the clock. Dissent among the commoners is shared universally. And truly, the authorities probably are just as dissatisfied in their own ways.
The subject will likely be a major theme in this presidential election, initiating a new form of rebellion. But more importantly, setting the stage for Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn, when the commoners and the status quo face off bigtime. I'd rather not leave it in God's hands to damn America. Instead, I hope that the body politic as a whole will voice legitimate objections to corrupt and unethical behavior and follow the criticisms with decisive and effective action. Certainly those who choose to wear a pin should feel free to do so.