John McCain, in an Independence day outpouring of gibberish intended to get him elected President, lays it on the line:
¨Patriotism is deeper than its symbolic expressions, than sentiments about place and kinship that move us to hold our hands over our hearts during the national anthem. It is putting the country first, before party or personal ambition, before anything.¨
For Patriotism, read Fascism.
It is, as Shaw said, many years ago, ¨Saying ´My country, right or wrong, is like saying
My mother, drunk, or sober.¨
I have lived in more than one country for more than a few years at a time during my life, and I am of the opinion that, as Hemingway once remarked, ¨There are pros and cons to every fucking country.¨
Are we to suppose that McCain approves of the Afgans, the Iranians, the Iraqis, the Israelis, the Pakistanis or the Palestinians, for example,
- to say nothing of the Russians or Chinese,
- holding the same opinions as himself?
Surely, he must. How can he logically not?
And where has that got us so far? And where is it going to get us?
In the unlikely event of any Americans still reading this blog, think about the implications of this a bit before you vote.
(Not that you should expect much more from Obama, his remarks for the Fourth of July were a little less crass, but not all that much)
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