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Trump administration destroys all that’s good

President Donald Trump questioned the patriotism of four U.S. Representatives and accused them of hating this country because they dared to criticize his policies.

I believe patriotism is honoring our country’s founding principles, while at the same time working to ensure that those principles are implemented in ways that are just and equitable.

I consider myself a patriot. I am proud to be an American, but I am fully cognizant of the many ways throughout our history we have betrayed the ideals we espouse.

It began with our original sins — slavery and the genocide of Native Americans. It continues to this day in our willingness to accept the racism and misogyny — sometimes subtle, sometimes overt — that pervades much of our culture.

Perhaps naively, I always felt that we were moving toward “a more perfect union.”

Mark Twain, in The Czar’s Soliloquy (1905), said “The modern patriotism, the true patriotism, the only rational patriotism is loyalty to the nation all the time, loyalty to the government when it deserves it.”

This administration seems hell bent on destroying everything that is good about the country I love.

It is imprisoning and abusing helpless children, permitting corporations to poison our environment in the name of profit, taking a wrecking ball to alliances around the world, cozying up to dictators and defending white supremacy.

I cannot, I will not, give it my support. That doesn’t mean I’m unpatriotic.

It means I’m a rational human being with standards that I expect my leaders to uphold.

Helen Sheehy

Tyrone

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