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"We’re America, Bitch:" White House Official Defines Trump Doctrine - The Atlantic
“The Trump Doctrine is ‘We’re America, Bitch.’ That’s the Trump Doctrine.” // the problem here is that they're America, bitch, but that's not what it used to be.
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1 hour ago by yorksranter
Nationalism vs Patriotism - Reddit
Nationalism is actually the enemy of true patriotism, IMHO, because of its twisted and parasitically passive nature.

A nationalist believes their country is the best and that's that. It's just the best. Doesn't matter what the day-to-day life is like, doesn't matter what they've offered up, doesn't matter at all if no one else wants anything to do with your country; it's the best because it's the best. It demands nothing of you other than belief, and a desire to attack anyone who wants to pollute (aka immigrate to) your country or talk badly of it (aka insinuate it isn't perfect). If it's imperfect, it's because of pollution from outsiders, plain and simple.

True Patriotism, IMHO, is about being your best in order to honor the ideals of your country. It acknowledges the past and the horrors that have happened and seeks to ensure that those stains do not bleed into the future. The nationalist doesn't demand anything better of their country and this is poison to it. It negates improvement. It's already the best so how can it improve?

A patriot says, we are great but we need to work hard to be better.

The nationalist says, we are already the best, how dare you say we need to change?
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2 hours ago by sandykoe
Kushner helped open up back channel with North Korea | Financial Times
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But the Pyongyang official deemed that only Mr Kushner could be trusted to reach the president’s ear. The official eschewed the state department, a more usual route for such diplomatic overtures, because he assessed America’s top diplomat at the time, Rex Tillerson, was not an effective route.

“The North Korean regime is run around family, so it is normal for them to work that way, and the personnel in the Trump administration has changed so frequently that they felt a close family member such as Kushner was the ideal contact,” said the person.
politics  asia 
4 hours ago by corrales

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