The last refuge of the scoundrel

Dear Editor:


Trump regularly hugs the American flag, yet he is incapable of embracing the American people. It is easy to hug the flag; it is difficult to defend it. It is easy to spout patriotic bromides; it is difficult to live by the ideals for which our flag stands. Bob Dole, George H. W. Bush, William McRaven, John McCain, Bob Kerrey, Bob Mueller and countless ordinary Americans, have each defended America with uncommon valor, with deeds not words. Trump’s brand of patriotism is cheap; it makes a mockery of the sacrifices made by generations of Americans. Perhaps Samuel Johnson said it best: Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.


Alan Lieberman


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