Matt Gray

In times like these...

Mar 28, 2003

I heard a great statement on how to be a patriot today:

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. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.

The author? Theodore Roosevelt.

Think carefully before mindlessly swallowing what the news and our president tell you.

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