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Patriotism: What does it mean to be "Patriotic" in America in 2014?

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Some examples of the famous quotes related to this topic:

• "It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” -- Aristotle, circa 325 B.C.

• "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." -- Samuel Johnson, circa 1775.

• “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” -- Nathan Hale, circa 1776.

• "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” -- Oscar Wilde, circa 1880s.

• "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” -- Mark Twain, circa 1905.

• “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” -- James Baldwin, circa 1952.

• ". . . my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you –- ask what you can do for your country.” -- JFK, 1961.

• "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." -- Barry Goldwater, 1964.

Which of the quotes above best fits your definition of Patriotism? Also, what does it mean to be "patriotic" in America in 2014?

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In your opinion, which of the words below are synonymous or analogous to Patriotism:

American-Exceptionalism
Constitutionalism
Devotion
Federalism
Freedom
Idolatry
Jingoism
Loyalty
Militarism
Nationalism
Nativism
Pride
Virtuousity
Xenophobism

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- Part I Discussion round (5pm): your own definition of "Patriotism" -- then discuss any of the the following ancillary questions:

• Should one's level of patriotism be unconditional, akin to "unconditional love"?

• What personal sacrifices have you made to the Nation in the spirit of patriotism?

• For the supporters of 10th Amendment States' Rights -- does loyalty to a State trump a loyalty to the Nation?

• Does one's notion of Patriotism correlate to one's ethnicity or demographic factors?

• If you previously lived abroad, how did the locals in those nations define "Patriotism"?

• Is it possible for a dual-citizen to remain patriotically loyal to both Nations?

- Part II Debate round (6pm): Is Edward Snowden (NSA whistleblower) a patriot or a traitor?

- Part III - Post-event social hour (8pm)

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VENUE INFORMATION

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Once you enter the building, proceed to the banquet ("Amenities") room, as shown below:

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For those who wish to stay for the post-event social -- you are encouraged to bring light snacks and/or beverages to share for this portion of the event.