What Does It Mean to Be Patriotic?
Summary from the AllSides News Team
According to Gallup (Center bias), 65% of U.S. adults were "extremely" or "very" proud to be an American in 2022, down from 85% in 2013. This Fourth of July, writers across the spectrum reflected on what patriotism means in America, and what we can learn about it from other nations.
From The Center: One Deseret News (Center) writer said "patriotism offers a way for Americans to come together and reach for a better future," suggesting it drives people "to set aside their political differences and solve problems" and "step up to defend their nations," citing Ukrainian patriotism "staving off annihilation" by Russia as an example.
From the Right: A Washington Examiner (Lean Right) writer pointed to South Korea as a model of patriotism, saying it "does not teach its history from a place of victimhood as the critical race theory viewpoint of American history suggests, but it focuses on balance as it provides perspectives of the good and bad, demonstrating the power and benefits of progress."
From the Left: One Politico (Lean Left) writer said "if conservatives are uncomfortable confronting our violent and complicated past, we progressives struggle with how to celebrate this place we also love," and advised pursuing "a way out of aggressive patriotism and into a better, more just and beautiful vision of civic life and belonging open to all of us" by focusing on America's "underutilized civic legacy."
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