Defining Patriotism

Richard Stengel's "The New Patriotism" was helpful in understanding the theme of this presidential election [July 14]. Upholding American ideals makes us better citizens, but candidates tend to look for hot buttons to create fear. Dissent isn't unpatriotic. We need a definition of patriotism that recognizes our nation's proud heritage but also how much better we can be.
Steven A. Ludsin, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., U.S.

Putting aside the self-serving definitions of the political extremes, patriotism means believing in the best we were, are and can be, while learning from the missteps along the way....

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