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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?


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



- 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)



Here's a photo of the building entrance:

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


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.