Monday, August 11, 2008

Thoughts on Patriotism

"The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair."
--H.L. Mencken

"There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation."
--President James Madison

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it."
--Edward R. Murrow

"I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
--James Baldwin

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
--President Theodore Roosevelt

These quotes are for a certain anonymous commenter (you know who you are) lacking a fundamental understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a true patriot.

If you need directions to an enlistment center, I am at your disposal.

Catch you later.....

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