Richard Nelson

I’m not an American but …

In politics on 2015 March 23 Monday at 06:00:00

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????I’m not an American but I love America, like a really close friend. In fact, the views Wilkinson imputes to Obama in this (in my view excellent) piece could be mine. You can love a friend without being blind to their flaws.

And surely being aware of your country’s flaws but still loving her, and seeking to improve her, is a sign of greater, not lesser patriotism. Well, that’s my view, anyway.

(These rules could be applied to multiple subjects: I could write a book on the things Toronto could do to be “better”, but I still think the overseas view, that Toronto is one of the world’s best cities, is objectively accurate.)

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