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Patriotism Quotes by Roedy

Quotations are selected from this pool (and other quotation pools) in a pseudorandom way every hour and inserted at the top and bottom of some of the major pages on this website. Feel free to copy any of these quotes and paste them for whatever purpose you please, including on your own website, blog, social media page or forum debate posts.

All Politicians Lie, So Expect This One To Lie Too

Everyone agrees that politicians lie, yet if you suggest that the administration lied about its motives for war and that the true motives are less than honourable, be prepared to be branded a traitor.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

American Delusions of Grandeur

Americans are so poisoned by patriotism they imagine they are the biggest and best even when they are far from it. For example, Americans believe the USA has the only economy in the world that matters even though the EU exports more than three times what the US does. Asia exports twice as much. The US health care system in terms of IMR (Infant Mortality Rate) ranks #45 in the world, two rungs below Cuba. The US does lead in military spending (and ironically also in paranoia). It wastes a record 27% of its food. It produces more greenhouse gases per capita than any other country. It is second to China in burning coal, which will shame some Americans and disappoint others. The US is the biggest energy pig, consuming 23% of the planet’s energy with only 5% of the population. Oddly many Americans are proud of that.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Archaic Patriotism

Patriotism tugs at the heartstrings. It is matter of loyalty. This goes right back to our hunter-gatherer past. You must support your chief no matter what a bastard he is. The alternative is being clobbered by the neighbouring tribe. My tribe right or wrong.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Definition of Patriotism

Patriotism: noun, a nationalistic cheerleading that causes a peculiar form of blindness that magnifies the faults of your rivals and makes your own country’s faults invisible.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Glorifying War

Americans glorify their wars even though there is nothing admirable about war. Wars are either a failure to deter aggression in others or a succumbing to the temptation to use violence to steal from others.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Going Gooey

Some people go all gooey inside when they hear readings from the bible. Some go gooey on hearing the strains of their national anthem. I go all gooey when someone talks about preserving our planet.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Help Yourself

You may have noticed how quotations pop up at random all over my website, aimed at exposing the folly of patriotism. You are welcome to use any or all of the quotations in my quotation collection in a similar way on your own website. To get your point across these days, you have to shrink it to a sound bite.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Nationalism and Racism

Nationalism is disguised racism.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

The Patriot Error

Americans are so convinced of their extraordinary wonderfulness, they forget that other people are loyal to their ratty little countries, not to America.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Patriotic Behaviour

What would you think of a feuding family, that instead of birthdays, celebrated the anniversaries of conflicts of the past where one family member beat the crap out of another or literally tortured them? What if they reenacted battles of their family ancestors, glorifying in their brutality? You might thing they were nuts. However, they are behaving the same way as your average patriot.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Patriotic Violence

Over the years, the word patriot has come to mean someone who looks forward to beating the crap out of anyone who disagrees with him.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Patriotism Addles

Patriotism blinds Americans into the delusion that they have the best medical care system in the world. It is by far the most expensive, but only #42, on par with Cuba, in outcomes.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Patriotism Screens Treason

Love of country is such a powerful emotion, that it is easy for scoundrels to exploit it. Politicians and military men wrap themselves in the flag and deftly convince the populace that even suspecting them of wrongdoing is treasonous.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Proud to be a Nazi

America is just coming out of two illegal wars, where it behaved worse than Nazis, using banned weapons (land mines, cluster bombs, napalm, DU (Depleted Uranium) and white phosphorus, treating the Geneva conventions as quaint, routinely torturing detainees, mistreating POWs (Prisoner Of Wars) in rendition dungeons. This is the sort of thing only rogue nations do. It is hard for me to believe that any American will admit to being a citizen of such a disgraced country. What is astounding, is many claim to be proud of the USA and what it did.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Rhymes With Idiot

Is it a coincidence that patriot rhymes with idiot?

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

Ring in the Nose

Patriotism is like the ring in the nose of a pig. It lets somebody else lead you around by the nose. If you are super patriotic, most of your critical faculties are turned off. You are a patsy.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

The Transforming Hallucinogen

Patriotism is the hallucinogen that deludes men to think international law does not apply to their country and their war criminals are war heroes. It deludes them to imagine their first strike attacks on other countries are purely defensive.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

The Worse Your Country, the More Patriotism to Excuse It

Patriotism is directly proportional to how badly a country behaves. Consider the USA, North Korea and Nazi Germany. It masks guilt.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)

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