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Originally posted by bsbray11
I can tell you what patriotism is not.
Patriotism is not letting your top officials do what they want, and then claiming anyone who does not agree "unamerican."
This country was founded by people who didn't take crap from their leaders. They believed in a higher standard that governments should be held to. They believed honest governments were always governing only with consent from the people.
There's nothing wrong with loving your country, but there's a fine line between Patriotism and Nationalism. Patriots will condemn their government when it betrays the ideals of its people. Nationalists will look the other way, or embrace their government nonetheless, which is not only foolhardy but dangerous.
It was Jefferson that said "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."