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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.
Superman, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies


American general: You mean your convictions, or your country's convictions?
General Kuribayashi: Are they not the same?
American general: Spoken like a true soldier.


Because today I am on state business, and I have no inclination to let private friendship override my public duty.

In the finer moments of [Col Slana's] life he had marked out in his imagination a death for himself, a death that would come to him in service to a monarchy which, in his mind, had the sanctity of a superstition. Rights and wrongs—he had nothing to do with these. Alexander may have ruled wisely or with the hand of a tyrant, for this he had no care. It was not the hour of judgment, but of duty; the yielding up of life that those who came after him and bore his name might yet place a laurel to his memory in sincerity.

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.
Dr. Stephen Maturin, ''Master and Commander''

Live-action TV

Governments make policy. Soldiers have to accept those policies even when they're completely contradictory. It's the very definition of your job. A solider accepts that the face of "truth" changes on a daily basis.

Video Games

Display obedience
While never stepping out of line
And blindly swear allegiance
Let your country control your mind
(Let your country control your soul)
Collective Consciousness, theme song of Senator Armstrong, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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?.

Soldier: 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.

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.
Aleksandr Leonovitch Granin, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

What I remember about the rise of the Empire is... is how quiet it was. During the waning hours of the Clone Wars, the 501st Legion was discreetly transferred back to Coruscant. It was a silent trip. We all knew what was about to happen, what we were about to do. Did we have any doubts? Any private traitorous thoughts? Perhaps, but no one said a word. Not on the flight to Coruscant, not when Order 66 came down, and not when we marched into the Jedi Temple. Not a word.
Clone narrator, Star Wars: Battlefront II

Web Original

Chot Tzui: [about to execute a Metasoft ISO] You, no doubt, being an S3 node, have some insights into the nature of this conflict that I lack. Tell me then, are the ontological differences between our [masters] the true heart of this conflict, or is there something greater at stake? Is it right that I and the forces under my muster continue to oppose Metasoft or should we pursue another course?
Metasoft ISO: Whether or not there are greater things at stake is not something I have authorization to reveal. It is enough that you oppose Metasoft.

Western Animation

No, dude. America may have some problems, but it's our home, our team. If you don't want to root for your team, then you should get the hell out of the stadium.
Stan, South Park

Real Life

As I write, highly civilised human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me...They do not feel any enmity against me as an individual, nor I against them. They are 'only doing their duty', as the saying goes. Most of them would never dream of committing murder in private life. On the other hand, if one of them succeeds in blowing me to pieces with a well-placed bomb, he will never sleep any the worse for it. He is serving his country, which has the power to absolve him from evil.
George Orwell, The Lion & the Unicorn

Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but still our country, right or wrong.
Stephen Decatur

I don't know about some other folks, but I ain't fighting for no darkies, one way or the other. I'm fightin' for my rats (rights). All of here, that's what we're fightin' for.
— Confederate prisoner at Gettysburg

My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
Carl Schurz

"My country, right or wrong," is a thing that no patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober."

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

Enoch Powell: 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.

Truly this is America's Team: where the consumer gives and gives to the corporation and is given nothing but false promises based on a once proud past, and admonished for ever questioning the machine.
Drew Magary on the Dallas Cowboys

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