My Country, Right or Wrong
Now, while giving him this backrub, let’s say I happen to notice that he has a malignant melanoma on his back. That’s the deadliest form of skin cancer, though it can be cured if treated early enough. It’s also a hideously ugly sight.
Certainly not the sort of thing I want to see on his handsome self. What do you think I should do?
A. Say nothing, because I love him too much to admit he could have any imperfection, let alone one as ugly as a melanoma; or
B. Raise hell about it, because I love him too much to let him die from a problem that's easy to treat if caught early enough?
Of course the answer is “B.” Only a lunatic would believe that loving someone means denying the existence of a problem which threatens him, even if that problem is an ugly and vile one. Indeed, the uglier and more vile the problem is, the more upset you'll be about it, if you truly love the one who suffers from it.
So why do so many ostensibly sane patriots take approach A when faced with the problems which threaten our country?