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Friday, July 4, 2014

Quote of the day -- on Patriots and Patriotism

True patriotism isn’t simply about securing our borders from outsiders. 

It's about coming together for the common good. 

True patriotism requires taking on a fair share of the burdens of keeping America going, not finding tax loopholes and squirreling money abroad. It’s about preserving and protecting our democracy, not inundating it with big money or paralyzing it with partisanship. 

True patriots don’t hate the government of the United States. They’re proud of it. 

Generations of Americans have risked their lives to preserve it. They may not like everything it does, and they justifiably worry when special interests gain too much power over it. But true patriots work to improve the government, not destroy it. And they don't pander to divisiveness; they don't fuel racist or religious or ethnic divides; they aren't homophobic or sexist. To the contrary: True patriots seek to confirm and strengthen the “we” in “we the people of the United States.”  

Robert Reich

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