Explanation of changes
- Patriotism, or love of country, is the highest American virtue. Patriotism means unquestioning obedience and loyalty to the Leader of the country. The opposite of patriotism, treason, is the act of questioning, criticizing or voting against the Leader.
- Patriotism comes from the Latin. An ancient Latino poet wrote "Dulce et decorum est pro Patria mori", which means "It is sweet and decorative for patriots to die".
"highest American virtue"--not sourced.
"Patriotism means unquestioning obedience and loyalty to the Leader of the country." No, it doesn't. It means simply love or devotion to one's country. Hardly the same.
"The opposite of patriotism, treason..." No, they are not opposites. Treason is "Violation of allegiance toward one's country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one's country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies." "Failure to be devoted" is not the same as "waging war against it" or "aiding its enemies."
"It is sweet and decorative for patriots to die"; perhaps, but a more usual rendering is "It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country." Dpbsmith 16:38, 25 February 2007 (EST)
- What is the source for this edit,
- the root is the same as pater, father, and literally means "fatherland." RobS 12:32, 8 May 2007 (EDT)