Time Essay: Oh, Say Can You Still See?

Oh, Say CanYou Still See?

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

-Samuel Johnson

MAYBE. But it is not the first. No dictionary in any language treats the word as a pejorative. It is generally accepted to be "love for or devotion to one's country." Theoretically, then, that devotion ought to be a virtue, a tribute to a citizen's character. To believe in one's country is, after all, to believe in something larger than one's self, to uphold a faith in a considerable portion of humanity. By most global standards, the notion of...

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