Megan Rapinoe, the two-time Women’s World Cup champion and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, has said that patriotism means demanding better of ourselves.
“Patriotism is not about blind obedience,” Rapinoe said in an interview with NPR. “It’s about demanding better of ourselves. It’s about holding ourselves accountable. It’s about saying, ‘We can do better than this.'”
Rapinoe has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, and she has used her platform as a professional athlete to speak out against discrimination and inequality. She has also been a strong advocate for pay equity for women’s soccer players.
In her interview with NPR, Rapinoe said that she believes that patriotism is about more than just loving your country. It’s also about being willing to challenge your country when it’s not living up to its ideals.
“Patriotism is about being willing to say, ‘This is not okay,'” she said. “It’s about being willing to say, ‘We can do better.'”
Rapinoe’s comments come at a time when the United States is facing a number of challenges, including political polarization, racial injustice, and economic inequality. In this context, her message of demanding better of ourselves is more important than ever.
“We need to be willing to hold ourselves accountable,” she said. “We need to be willing to say, ‘We can do better than this.'”
Rapinoe is a role model for many people, and her words have the potential to inspire others to demand better of themselves and their country. She is a reminder that patriotism is not about blind obedience, but about challenging our country to live up to its ideals.