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Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
Patriotism seems too often tied up with war, as though supporting a war proves love of country. During Vietnam we saw how those who supported the war were defined as patriots and those who didn’t were called anti-American.
The September 11 atrocity ratcheted up the hostility of an increasingly aggressive right wing in vilifying liberals as un-American. Now, they had a ‘war’ they could use to underscore their own patriotism while impugning the patriotism of their political adversaries, as though there were a left-right patriotic tug-of-war based on a zero-sum game.
Nothing is more embarrassing in the ordinary intercourse of life, than this irritable patriotism of the Americans.
Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old.
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
[The corporations] are counting on your patriotism to distract you from their plunder. They’re counting on you to stand at attention with your hand over your heart, pledging allegiance to the flag, while they pick your pocket.
They [the corporations] are counting on your patriotism to distract you from their plunder. They're counting on you to stand at attention with your hand over your heart, pledging allegiance to the flag while they pick your pocket.
It is our responsibility to carry on the spirit, bravery, and patriotism of our nation's fallen heroes of 9/11/2001. The world has witnessed our country's strength in a time of great sorrow. Let us use that strength to create a better world for all its people.
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
For an American to be patriotic is to be loyal to the principles of our Constitution, and the First Amendment. The truth is that the policies of the government is sometimes in conflict with that. In our country, patriotism should not be defined as obedience to an authority.
Leakers are often accused of being partisan, and undoubtedly many of them are. But the measure of their patriotism should be the accuracy and the importance of the information they reveal.
The rise of multinational corporations that know neither patriotism nor morality but only self-interest has made accountability almost non-existent. At virtually every level, I discern a demand by business for docile government and unrestrained corporate individualism. Where industry once yearned for subservient unions, it now wants no unions at all.
I realise that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.
Rational calculation is often unselfish. For complex, still poorly understood reasons, some of the most powerful emotions are patriotism and altruism. It remains a surprising fact that a substantial percentage of people are willing at a moment’s notice to risk their lives to save those of strangers.
Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent that the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others.
Patriotism ... is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.
In observing the members of the conservative elite denouncing “elitists,” it can be difficult to tell your players without the proverbial scorecard. For instance, the radio talk-show host and former conservative cable host Laura Ingraham has written an entire book about the dangers posed by liberal elites, entitled Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the Media Are Subverting America. In it, this daughter of a Connecticut lawyer, and graduate of Dartmouth and the University of Virginia Law School, who now lives in an expensive home in Washington, D.C., distinguishes between liberal elitists and those whom she terms “true Americans.” She begins her treatise by explaining who these “elite Americans” are and what they think: “They think we’re stupid. They think our patriotism is stupid. They think our churchgoing is stupid. They think where we live — anywhere but near or in a few major cities — is stupid. They think our SUVs are stupid. They think owning a gun is stupid. They think our abiding belief in the goodness of America and its founding principles is stupid.”
After more than five decades of reasonably virtuous living, I’m now told that I have betrayed my country and committed the ultimate crime. I did not clap during President Trump’s State of the Union address. ...That’s not because I’m rooting against America. It’s because I’m rooting for it — and believe that we deserve better than a leader who uses language as sloppily and poisonously as Trump does, who reacts to every unwelcome message by smearing the messenger, and whose litmus test for patriotism is this and this alone: Do you worship me?
Almost all can describe the flag, but few can describe the republic for which it stands. Nor, for that matter, can the students’ parents. In the aftermath of terrorist attacks against the American homeland, the renewal of patriotism invites an inquiry into ‘patriotism toward what.’
Patriotism is, fundamentally, a conviction that a particular country is the best in the world because you were born in it....
You'll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
You'll never have a quiet world until you can knock the patriotism out of the human race.
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
Contrary to the central deceit manufactured by the Bush defenders over the last five years, patriotism is not defined by loyalty to a particular elected official or political party. Indeed, excess loyalty to a single individual or party is the very antithesis of patriotism, as it places fealty to that individual or party over allegiance to the country, its interests, and its values.
…opinions about terrorism are the new form of political correctness, and even hinting that this threat is not the all-consuming, existential danger to our republic portrayed by the White House is liable to draw questions about one’s patriotism and one’s sanity.
What is patriotism now, and how to we get rid of it, and what do we put in its place, if anything? The word is politically incorrect, of course Patria ("father"). So where is Mom? Didn't she help Dad turn the American wilderness into a cement desert bright with golden arches? Didn't she help Dad kill those pesky redskins?
It’s an obscene comparison, but there was a time in South Africa when people would put flaming tires around people’s necks if they dissented. In some ways, the fear is that you will be neck-laced here, that you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck, Dan Rather said: ‘It’s that fear that keeps journalism from asking the toughest of the tough questions and to continue to bore-in on the tough questions so often.’
There is a wrongheaded notion of what treason is, and what patriotism is. If you disobey the laws or orders of your government you’re being treasonous. But I believe the government is being treasonous and the government is being unpatriotic when the government violates the fundamental rights of human beings.
As soon as you speak outside the boundaries, as soon as you say things that are different from what the establishment, the media, and leading intellectuals are telling you to say, the question of your patriotism arises.
Patriotism does not mean support for your government. It means, as Mark Twain said, Support for your country.
The difference between dying for your country and dying for your government is crucial in understanding what I believe to be the definition of patriotism in a democracy.
If patriotism in the best sense (not the monarchical sense) is loyalty to the principles of democracy, then who was the true patriot, Theodore Roosevelt, who applauded a massacre by American soldiers of 600 Filipino men, women, and children on a remote Philippine island, or Mark Twain, who denounced it?
Memorial Day will be celebrated in other words, but the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers on future Memorial Days. The memory of the dead deserves a different dedication. To peace, to defiance of government.
This sense of excitement, of devotion, and of patriotism in the end prevailed.
Hard times aside, the 1930’s was a terrific decade to be an American boy, whether in the hills of Kentucky or on the gridirons of south Texas or astride the carnival calliope in small-town Wisconsin. Boyhood then was a deeply textured universe all its own, a universe of possibility and hope. Of fervent patriotism as the distant, hazy war clouds gathered.
John Bradley will be forever memorialized for a few moments’ action at the top of a remote Pacific mountain. We prefer to remember him for his life. If the famous flagraising at Iwo Jima symbolizes American patriotism and valor, Bradley’s quiet, modest nature and philanthropic efforts shine as an example of the best of small-town American values.
Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation.
The notion that patriotism is best served by the media’s uncritical treatment of powerful figures is the opposite of a democratic value.
Patriotism isn't about making everyone stand and salute the flag. Patriotism is about making this a country where everyone wants to.
African American athletes have long grappled with complicated feelings about patriotism as they represent a country that many say hasn't always fully embraced them. And though challenging patriotism has always been controversial, Kaepernick's protest comes at a time when views on policing and race have, in many circles, become barometers of one's commitment to the nation.
We didn't always agree on the issues. We often argued — sometimes passionately. But we believed in each other's patriotism and the sincerity of each other's convictions. We believed in the institution we were privileged to serve in. We believed in our mutual responsibility to help make the place work and to cooperate in finding solutions to our country's problems. We believed in our country and in our country's indispensability to international peace and stability and to the progress of humanity.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says or does it.
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it.
The gospel of the monarchical patriotism is: "The King can do no wrong." We have adopted it with all its servility, with an important change in the wording: "Our country, right or wrong!" We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had — the individual's right to oppose both flag and country when he believed them to be in the wrong.
Notwithstanding the outpouring of patriotism in the immediate aftermath of September 11, and the sacrifices being made by the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, American politics lacks an animating vision of the good society and of the shared obligations of citizenship.
Self-government, properly practiced, leads people to reflect on their wants and to revise them in the light of competing considerations. Unlike customers, citizens sometimes sacrifice their wants for the sake of the common good. This is the difference between politics and commerce, between patriotism and brand loyalty.
If the test of patriotism comes only by reflexively falling into lockstep behind the leader whenever the flag is waved, then what we have is a formula for dictatorship, not democracy.
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