This weekend, PARADE “magazine” asked John McCain and Barack Obama “What is Patriotism?”
Here is the title and an excerpt of each of their responses. Without peeking, see if you can guess which nominee gave which response.
Nominee #1, What is Patriotism?
SACRIFICE FOR THE COMMON GOOD
That is the community we strive to build -- one in which we recognize we share
common hopes and dreams, one in which we continue to insist that there is
nothing we cannot do when we put our minds to it, and one in which we see
ourselves as part of a larger story, our own fates wrapped up in the fates of
all who share allegiance to America’s singular creed.
Nominee #2, What is Patriotism?
A CAUSE GREATER THAN SELF-INTEREST
We are blessed to be Americans, and blessed that so many of us have so often
believed in a cause far greater than self-interest, far greater than ourselves .
. . [T]he gift we can give back to our country is a patriotism that requires us
to be good citizens in public office or in the community spaces where government
So, which response comes from the nominee of which wing of the Borg Party?
[TANGENT: Here's a quote from Obama's answer -- "I remember listening to my mother reading me the first lines of the Declaration of Independence and explaining how its ideas applied to every American . . . We can say and write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door."
Apparently, Mama Obama never spent any time in Thayer, MO. ]