Some thoughts for this Fourth of July weekend:
“America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.” –Adlai Stevenson
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” –Mark Twain
“He is a poor patriot whose patriotism does not enable him to understand how all men everywhere feel about their altars and their hearthstones, their flag and their fatherland.”
–Harry Emerson Fosdick
Feel free to offer more quotations in the comments.