An Open Letter to the So-called Patriots.

Image shared on facebook. Text: I wonder if I said Australia is the best country in the world, how many friends would agree with me. Share on your profile and see."

Image shared on facebook. Text: I wonder if I said Australia is the best country in the world, how many friends would agree with me. Share on your profile and see."

There's a lot of these sorts of posts around, and to be frank, they make me sick. Surprise, surprise, they also make me angry. This is what i call lazy or blind patriotism. It tends to be linked to ignorance and often, bigotry.

This country, like every other, is imperfect. This is something to be ashamed of. Our treatment of asylum seekers is in breach of international law. Our treatment of the poor, the mentally ill, the homeless is disgusting. We have had governments for decades who are more interested in lining their own pockets with the money of the rich and breeding fear of everyone who is different. This is not okay, this is not something to be proud of, and if you're sitting there ignoring this, accepting the hate that comes from Canberra, YOU are the problem.

You are not a true patriot. You're lazy, you're ignorant and YOU are the problem. If you want to be proud of this country, get off your lazy arse and fight to make this country something to be proud of.  Learn the truth about asylum seekers and fight for their right to be treated with dignity and respect. Learn what this country does to its poor, its disabled, to anyone who is different and fight against it. A true patriot strives to make their country better and doesn't ignore everything that's wrong. Go on, open your eyes. See this country's potential. See the fact that the "lucky country" is not living up to its potential and join us in the fight to change that. If you're not willing to, sit down and get out of the damn way.