Our country

July 4, 2007 at 9:07 am 3 comments

“Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.”

-Carl Schurz

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  • 1. penseroso  |  July 4, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I’ve heard the first sentence ad nauseum. I’ve never heard the second sentence, though. It radically changes the message.

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  • 2. D. Peace  |  July 5, 2007 at 5:51 am

    Um… I was about to say that’s a brilliant quote, but now I’m curious what the second sentence is.

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  • 3. icedmocha  |  July 5, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Here’s more:
    “I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves … too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: ‘Our country, right or wrong!’ They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: ‘Our country—when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.’”—Schurz, “The Policy of Imperialism,” Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, vol. 6, pp. 119–20 (1913).
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