Monday, September 08, 2008

Quote Collection on Patriotism

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." (Mark Twain)

"During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism." (Howard Thurman)

"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it." (G.B. Shaw)

"Patriotism is an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles." (George Jean Nathan)

"Unfortunately, religion, like patriotism, is easy to misuse for political purposes."(Kjell Magne Bondevik)

"Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism - and wars." (Dale Carnegie)

"Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive." (Henry Steele Commager)

"True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else." (Clarence Darrow)

"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!" (Albert Einstein)

Now compare those quotes with this one, from none other than Ann Coulter, right wingnut goddess:

"Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work overtime to give terrorists a cushion for the next attack and laugh at dumb Americans who love their country and hate the enemy."

But no quote gives a better summation of how Bush, Rudy, John McSame and the Republican party have used patriotism since 9/11:

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." (Samuel Johnson)

'nuff said.

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