Debate:Is most government criticism really patriotic?

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It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error. -U. S. Supreme Court

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. -Theodore Roosevelt

"A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government." -Edward Abbey

YES

The point of citizens criticizing their country is so that mistakes can be avoided and to strengthen the country. This is not unpatriotic. However, if one attacks the country and offers no solutions, this can be viewed as unpatriotic.

NO

"Acts that once would have horrified most Americans now pass below the public radar, as though they were part of the patter of normal political discourse." [1] And under the guise of "just having a healthy debate" people are giving aid and comfort to the enemy in a way that would have been called treason 60 years ago. --Ed Poor 09:43, 21 May 2007 (EDT)

Probably Not, But Whatchagonnado?

People will always criticise whatever government is in power. It's the nature of people. It's also an inalienable right. Underscoreb 17:25, 12 November 2007 (EST)