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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:14 AM

Excluding Outsiders or Coming Together for the Common Good: What's the True Meaning of Patriotism?


Excluding Outsiders or Coming Together for the Common Good: What's the True Meaning of Patriotism?
Robert Reich
Posted: 06/26/2012 9:15 am


True patriots don't hate the government of the United States. They're proud of it. Generations of Americans have risked their lives to preserve it. They may not like everything it does, and they justifiably worry when special interests gain too much power over it. But true patriots work to improve the U.S. government, not destroy it.

But regressive Republicans loathe the government -- and are doing everything they can to paralyze it, starve it, and make the public so cynical about it that it's no longer capable of doing much of anything. Tea Partiers are out to gut it entirely. Norquist says he wants to shrink it down to a size it can be "drowned in a bathtub."

When arguing against paying their fair share of taxes, wealthy regressives claim "it's my money." But it's their nation, too. And unless they pay their share America can't meet the basic needs of our people. True patriotism means paying for America.

So when regressives talk about "preserving and protecting" the nation, be warned: They mean securing our borders, not securing our society. Within those borders, each of us is on our own. They don't want a government that actively works for all our citizens.

Their patriotism is not about coming together for the common good. It is about excluding outsiders who they see as our common adversaries.

ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including the best sellers "Aftershock" and "The Work of Nations." His latest is an e-book, "Beyond Outrage." He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause.

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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:49 AM

1. The r's are are basically a regional party, greatly influenced by the dominant 'culture'

And in the regional culture that is now pervasive in the republican party there is a general grudge against federal authority. That grudge is long standing and central to the cry of 'state's rights' which underlies the support for shrinking federal power.

While the nation currently has a lot of purple states...the 2008 election results painted a pretty good picture of the geographic core of the republican party.

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