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Summary: Our duty, as it were, as American citizens, inheres in honoring our country, right or wrong. This brief counters this.
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About "Patriotism (OPP)"
Every child is instructed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, indoctrinated to respect the American flag, and inculcated to revere veterans as heroic champions of liberty. Patriotism—our deep-seated affinity toward our country—undergirds our national consciousness and unites the disparate microcosms within our nation. Day after day, hour after hour, moment after moment, the culture reinforces the supreme perspective that patriotism is a virtue. Our duty, as it were, as American citizens, inheres in honoring our country, right or wrong.
Ought we, however, to affirm this largely undisputed assumption? This brief proffers evidence undermining the philosophical foundations of patriotism, exposing its subjectivity and exhibiting its erosion of rationality. Because patriotism has entrenched itself in the American value paradigm as incontrovertibly positive, challenging that fixed assumption through might not ingratiate you with your judges. Always accentuate the credibility of your sources and engage in persuasive techniques such as lamp shading to mitigate the potential prejudice of your audience.
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