February 24, 2015
An Ill-formed Mind

Rudolph Giuliani:

I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter…

He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.

Edmund Burke, in Reflections on the French Revolution:

The precept given by a wise man, as well as a great critic, for the construction of poems, is equally true as to states:—Non satis est pulchra esse poemata, dulcia sunto. There ought to be a system of manners in every nation, which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 24, 2015 03:44 PM
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