Loving America

“They [conservatives] love America the way a four-year-old loves her mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a four-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad, and helping your loved one grow. Love takes attention and work and is the best thing in the world.”

Al Franken, “Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them

I’ve long held the view that liberals are more honest in their patriotism, acknowledging great achievements like helping to defeat the Nazis, but also sad episodes such as imprisoning loyal Japanese-, German-, and Italian-Americans during the war.

Thanks to Eli Sarver for prompting this post. I recently finished Franken’s book and have been meaning to put up the above quote.