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Patriotism is the wholesome, constructive love of one’s land and people. Nationalism is the unhealthy love of one’s government, accompanied by the aggressive desire to put down others—which becomes in deracinated modern men a substitute for religious faith. Patriotism is an appropriate, indeed necessary, sentiment for people who wish to preserve their freedom; nationalism is not.

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  1. It appears by the wording, to be C) love of one’s flag. However it does then go on to enjoin allegiance to the republic and nation. But I can’t understand why the flag is given pride of position over the other two. Some people call it idolatry. I cannot refute them on this point. If you can, please reply as I am confused on this issue. Neither do I wish to be an idolater, nor on the other hand, an anti-American flag burner. (In addition, I wonder if America is unique in having a pledge to a flag. My assumption is that other countries simply sing their national anthem). Thank you in advance for whatever help you may provide.

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