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Independence Day July 3, 2008

Filed under: 2008 elections,Barack Obama,Independence Day,Iraq War,Politics — onarete @ 6:19 pm

Photo credit: Jayel Aheram

Of course, precisely because America isn’t perfect, precisely because our ideals constantly demand more from us, patriotism can never be defined as loyalty to any particular leader or government or policy. As Mark Twain, that greatest of American satirists and proud son of Missouri, once wrote, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” We may hope that our leaders and our government stand up for our ideals, and there are many times in our history when that’s occurred. But when our laws, our leaders or our government are out of alignment with our ideals, then the dissent of ordinary Americans may prove to be one of the truest expression of patriotism.

Barak Obama, Monday, June 30th, 2008, Independence, Missouri

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