Patriotism

What It Means to Be a Patriot in the Trump Era

What It Means to Be a Patriot in the Trump Era What It Means to Be a Patriot in the Trump Era

Fighting for justice and equality is the most patriotic act of all.

Jul 3, 2017 / Katrina vanden Heuvel

Kirsten Gillibrand Just Gave a Principled Defense of Civilian Control of the Military

Kirsten Gillibrand Just Gave a Principled Defense of Civilian Control of the Military Kirsten Gillibrand Just Gave a Principled Defense of Civilian Control of the Military

The senator raised practical and historic objections to granting a waiver for a recently retired general to serve as Trump’s defense secretary.

Jan 13, 2017 / John Nichols

Khizr Khan holds copy of Constitution

The Only Way for Muslim Americans to Be Considered Patriotic: Stay Silent The Only Way for Muslim Americans to Be Considered Patriotic: Stay Silent

From Khizr Khan to Fareed Zakaria, Muslims who speak out are smeared as un-American.

Sep 14, 2016 / Between the Lines / Laila Lalami

NSA Headquarters

We Should Be Shocked, Shocked, at Reports of Russian Interference in US Elections We Should Be Shocked, Shocked, at Reports of Russian Interference in US Elections

Because, you know, it’s not as if Washington has ever done the same thing to other countries.

Aug 3, 2016 / Naked Democracy / William Greider

July 14, 1789: French Revolutionaries Storm the Bastille

July 14, 1789: French Revolutionaries Storm the Bastille July 14, 1789: French Revolutionaries Storm the Bastille

What are people really celebrating when they mark the anniversary of “Bastille Day”?

Jul 14, 2015 / 150th Anniversary / Richard Kreitner

Frederick Douglass

“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” by Frederick Douglass

This is the perfect time to read the entirety of Frederick Douglass’s famous speech, and not merely because of the date on the calendar.

Jul 4, 2023 / Dave Zirin

American flag

Top 15 4th of July Songs Top 15 4th of July Songs

These songs make clear what’s special about the US while highlighting the enormous amount of work that still needs to be done.  

Jul 4, 2022 / Peter Rothberg

Tom Paine Would Not Have Approved of Mitt Romney Tom Paine Would Not Have Approved of Mitt Romney

Romney misattributed the key quote of his Florida victory speech to the pamphleteer. But that's hardly the only reason why Paine would have decried the Bain Capitalist.

Feb 1, 2012 / Blog / John Nichols

Bennett’s Pledge of Allegiance Bennett’s Pledge of Allegiance

 

Jul 18, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Marcus G. Raskin

The Statue of Liberty

Patriotism’s Secret History Patriotism’s Secret History

Our most cherished national symbols—from the Pledge of Allegiance to "America the Beautiful" to Lady Liberty's poetry—are rooted in liberal ideals.

May 16, 2002 / Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks

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