“Patriotism is the conviction that your country is superior to all others because you were born in it.”
George Bernard Shaw
I am “patriotic” for the same reason that Jefferson, Hamilton, Washington, Franklin and Adams were patriotic–because there were universal principles that allowed men and women to unite to advance those principles among themselves. Simply being a citizen of the United States is not cause to sign on to every adventure, scheme, policy, or practice adopted by the United States. I think our founding patriots would have been very comfortable with the Universal Declaration. It’s worth watching all the way through: 30 articles: My favorites: 7, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18. Eleanor Roosevelt deserves much of the credit for achieving the adoption of the Universal Declaration by the United Nations.