“To be a patriot, one had to say, and keep on saying, ‘Our country, right or wrong,’ and urge on the little war. Have you not perceived that that phrase is an insult to the nation.”
Otherwise good men and nations wander from the straight and narrow. This is an inevitable reality. But blind acceptance of it – an unwillingness to do anything about it or to even recognize a problem – is to allow nations to lose their greatness and men to lose their soul.