02 July 2008

Res ipsa loquitur

There's probably more to say about Obama's patriotism speech, not all of it bad, but this day belongs to the Doughy Pantload soiling the pages of McPaper.

Definitions of patriotism proliferate, but in the American context patriotism must involve not only devotion to American texts (something that distinguishes our patriotism from European nationalism) but also an abiding belief in the inherent and enduring goodness of the American nation. We might need to change this or that policy or law, fix this or that problem, but at the end of the day the patriotic American believes that America is fundamentally good as it is.
There you have it, kids. Real live proof from a bona fide Conservative Intellectual that the myopic and dangerous "my country right or wrong" bravado isn't just a figment of my lefty-addled brain.