With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Monday, April 20, 2009

'The last refuge of a scoundrel...'

The Fordham Institute's Checker Finn shows just how low the wing-nut school "reformers" can go. His sideline harangues this week are aimed at the Obama family's patriotism, proving once again the soundness of Samuel Johnson's dictum regarding false patriotism. Writes Finn:
In no way do I suggest that he's unpatriotic. But that's not the same thing as signaling to one and all that he loves and is proud of his country and wants his kids and our kids and grandkids to feel that way, too...Nobody expects him to be the national K-12 curriculum director, too. But he and his wife are inevitable role models. (Education Gadfly)


  1. Dr. Johnson's quote is a good one, but there are better. Don't forget, Johnson used this to attack the rebels in the American colonies. I like Oscar Wilde better. He said: "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." That describes Finn to a tee.

  2. Howard Zinn sad that "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism."


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