Thursday, September 04, 2003

 
FRANKEN ON PATRIOTISM

This little tidbit from p. 24 of Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right perfectly describes the difference between right-wing patriotism and liberal patriotism:

[Right-wingers] don't get it. We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, they love America the way a four-year-old loves her mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a four-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad, and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.

That's why we liberals want America to do the right thing. We know America is the hope of the world, and we love it and want it to do well. We also want it to do good.

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