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Thread #91711   Message #1746573
Posted By: harpmolly
24-May-06 - 11:54 AM
Thread Name: BS: Spying, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
Subject: RE: BS: Spying, Secrecy, and Presidential Power
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."
         --Mark Twain

Ooh, argh...I feel a showtune coming on ;)

"No man, no madness,
Though their sad power may prevail,
Can possess--conquer--my country's heart,
They rise to fail.
She is eternal, long before nations' lines were drawn;
When no flags flew, when no armies stood,
My land was born.
And you ask me why I love her, through wars, death and despair;
She is the constant, we who don't care;
And you wonder, will I leave her? But how?
I cross over borders but I'm still there now...

How can I leave her? Where would I start?
Let man's petty nations tear themselves apart--
My land's only borders lie around my heart."
--Tim Rice, "Chess"

Of course, that song is a little bit problematic for an American to sing, IMHO. But I still love it--it really expresses how one must sometimes separate one's love for country from one's inability to tolerate an unjust government.

OK, enough blathering outta me. :P