progressive patriotism

I came across this nice arti­cle by E.J. Dionne about the kinds of issues that Democ­rats and oth­er pro­gres­sives should focus on. I still have to read over this arti­cle a bit more close­ly, but here is a nice quote that sums much of it up:

Com­pas­sion­ate con­ser­vatism was a bril­liant slo­gan. By the same polit­i­cal log­ic, it is nec­es­sary to pro­claim loud­ly and with­out apol­o­gy that there is such a thing as pro­gres­sive patri­o­tism. A pro­gres­sive patri­o­tism would begin with a strong empha­sis on ser­vice to the coun­try. It would con­trast itself to a rad­i­cal indi­vid­u­al­ism that rejects any idea of a com­mon good. It would insist that a free repub­lic will not pros­per if too many of its cit­i­zens are deprived of oppor­tu­ni­ties, of health care, of edu­ca­tion, of hope. It would declare that we are all in this togeth­er. That’s an old-fash­ioned idea that would offer a bold chal­lenge to a sta­tus quo that is divid­ing, and fail­ing, our country.

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