What do we mean by patriotism?

What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest what we mean is a sense of national responsibility…a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

Adlai Stevenson

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One Response to “What do we mean by patriotism?”

  1. Uncle Pedro Says:

    Perhaps this is an appropriate quote to post here, by way of Teddy Roosevelt.
    “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.”
    Don’t shoot the messenger if I’ve misquoted him, I’m only as smart as the wikipedia page I cut and pasted it from… đŸ™‚

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