“National Greatness Agenda” by David Brooks (TIMES, 11/12/10)

          “It will take a revived patriotism to motivate Americans to do what needs to be done,” according to David Brooks, or the USA will continue “careening toward bankruptcy.” I missed the musical accompaniment. Was it “God Bless America” or “Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles”?

          Patriotism? Lets see if we can locate some U.S. patriots who could make this effort.

          Is it the patriotism of the nine-teen-year-old from Nowhere, USA who enlisted in the MArines because he couldn’t go to college or find a decent job?

          Is it the patriotism of those who support huge military budgets “in defense of America,” then hide their money in offshore bank accounts?

          Is it the patriotism of the U.S. corporations who move their factories to other countries?

          Is it the patriotism of those Americans who loudly celebrate the Fourth of July weekend but spend the real money on extended vacations abroad?

          David Brooks should talk to his rich pals, like the “warmhearted Machiavellian” Rahm Emanuel, who may soon be the Mayor of Chicago (and the employer of this “moderate” conservative?).

          Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels and scoundrels won’t hlep us get out of the quagmire in which we are wallo


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