Keeping a Skeptical Edge

Yesterday afforded Americans the opportunity to express a justifiable pride in their country, but in coming weeks and months, many political candidates will doubtless continue decorating their hateful and divisive views with flag-draped rhetoric. When attending to the speeches of these mean-spirited demagogues, it would therefore be wise to remember the cogent words of Dr. Samuel Johnson: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

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