Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but still our country, right or wrong.
— Stephen Decatur
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel
— Samuel Johnson
"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober."
Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them
, and there is almost no kind of outrage... Loyalty is involved, and so pity ceases to function.
But you know as well as I, patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.
— Patrick O'Brian
It's true that by 1970 students were active antiwar protestors. But that only happened after eight years of the U.S. war against South Vietnam
, which by then had been extended to all of Indochina
and had practically wiped the place out. In 1962, it was announced that U.S. planes were bombing South Vietnam—there was no protest...It was impossible to get anybody to talk about it. Even in a liberal city like Boston, you couldn't have a public meeting against the war because they would be broken up by students, with the support of the media. You would have to have hundreds of state police around to allow speakers like me to survive unscathed.
: No, we do not fight for values. I would fight for this country even if it had a Communist government. Margaret Thatcher
: Nonsense, Enoch. If I send British troops abroad, it will be to defend our values. Enoch Powell
: No, Prime Minister, values exist in a transcendental realm, beyond space and time. They can neither be fought for, nor destroyed.
—Thatcher hammers the coffin of Toryism nice and tight, Conservative Philosophy Group forum
The coverage in the Persian Gulf War was typical. The international press willingly administered a restrictive pool system on behalf of the military under which carefully controlled groups of reporters
were guided around the front line by officers. It could never have functioned without the cooperation of the press. The press was as eager to be of service to the state during the war as most everyone else.
—Chris Hedges, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
Were my heart my master, I would do exactly as you say. But what sort of knight abandons his kingdom-his king!-now, when they need him the most?.
: But, Lord Captain! The Mysidians offered no resistance! And still we cut them down! Cecil
: Listen to me. We did no more than what our kingdom's peace and prosperity required us to do. The Mysidians knew too much of the Crystal and its secrets. His Majesty deemed it so. We are the Red Wings of Baron! It is not our place to question the orders of our king.
: You mean your
convictions, or your country's
convictions? General Kuribayashi
: Are they not the same? American general
: Spoken like a true soldier.
The world will never
know how I struggled with the decision to stay out
of the electorial process. Should I have gone on television and told the voters not
to elect this man?
And what then? If I use my influence
— my character
and my reputation
— to tell people how to vote, what does that make me? I choose to fight for Truth, Justice and the American Way. And for all it's flaws, American democracy 'does work... The United States doesn't need me to dictate, or worse,
deprive her people of that most precious gift. The freedom of
choice''. Even when I knew in my heart that choice was wrong
Because today I am on state business, and I have no inclination to let private friendship override my public duty.
I'm not some blind, flag-saluting, do-as-they-will NCR lover. They're like family, but let me tell ya what family means. You ever had a brother? Some dumbass younger brother, say, who knocked up the pastor's daughter, can't hold down a job and his home-away is a jail cell? That
is NCR. Their compass is spinning. All the time.
Unlike Sokolov, the thought of defecting has never once crossed my mind. I love... my country. I love this land. I cannot even imagine living anywhere else. I wish to remain a hero... of the great motherland.