We just celebrated the 240th anniversary of the birth of America. Republicans continue to refer to our FOUNDING FATHERS as though they had the faintest clue to the thinking and behavior of these men from the 18th century. At a time when Republicans boast of their ignorance of “science,” they forget that science was an important characteristic of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson. But, more important was the sense of patriotism that drove these men. They believed in the destiny of the United States of America as a unique model for the res of the world. To be an American was to think about how its model could become the model for all nations.
Let me cite the work of one American patriot–Franklin D. Roosevelt. BEFORE the entry of America into WWII, he had brought two Republicans into his Cabinet to serve the nation. He worked with Republicans to create the United Nations, and Republicans regarded it their duty to work with the President. Roosevelt defeated Wendell Wilkie for the presidency in 1940. He asked Wilkie to work with him during WWII, and the defeated Republican became a close ally of the man who beat him in an election. This was the essence of Patriotism.
Republicans worked with Lyndon Johnson to pass the Civil Rights bill of 1965. As Minority leader in 1953, Lyndon Johnson made clear his task was to ASSIST Republican Dwight Eisenhower. Believe it or not in 2016, Republicans and Democrats worked together even while separated by political differences. That was PATRIOTISM.