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Being Inspired by U.S. Achievements Shouldn’t Be Partisan
Wed Sep 5, 2018 6:49am

"I spend a lot of time arguing that conservatives should not imbibe too deeply from the bottle of nationalism. But it should be noted that one of the reasons many conservatives have decided to get drunk on nationalism is that so many liberals have cut patriotism from their diets."

I agree.The misunderstanding is caused by confusion about the difference between nationalism and patriotism and is mistaking the two words as being synonymous.

the quality of being patriotic; vigorous support for one's country.

patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.
synonyms: patriotism, patriotic sentiment, flag-waving, xenophobia, chauvinism, jingoism
"their extreme nationalism was frightening"
an extreme form of this, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.

Nationalism is:

“Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!”

Patriotism is:

“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.”

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