Being a sycophant for your country does not constitute patriotism. 

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Comment by Ron Powell on November 5, 2018 at 6:52am

Originally Stephen Decatur, in an after-dinner toast of 1816–1820:

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

Later amended as, and often attributed to, Carl Schurz, 1872.[1]as,

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

Phrase

my country, right or wrong

  1. an expression of patriotism.

Usage notes

Frequently used either as an expression of jingoism (extreme patriotism), in the sense “I will stand by my country whether it be right or wrong”, or to attack such patriotism as unthinking:

"...that patriotism which shouts 'our Country right or wrong,' regardless alike of God and his eternal laws..." -- James Fenimore Cooper[2]

“‘My country, right or wrong,’ is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’” — G. K. Chesterton[3]

-----Wikipedia

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on November 5, 2018 at 8:34am

The MY COUNTRY RIGHT OR WRONG is abt as sensible as MY CHILD/MOTHER/FATHER DRUNK OR SOBER.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 5, 2018 at 5:34pm

Slightly off-subject, but close enough for horseshoes:

"One is not superior merely because one sees the world as odious." French philosopher Francois Chateaubriand

That ought to be tattooed on the forehead of every Libertarian – including Paul Ryan and Rand Paul, and every rabid tRump supporter. And it should be carved backwards on tRump's forehead so that he has to see it every time he looks in the mirror, which I suspect is VERY often.

 

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