Originally posted on: 2007-07-09

Original location: http://blog.chrisheath.us/2007/07/09/411/partisan-blowback-the-gop-and-the-politics-of-exclusion/

A famed Southern author by the name of Samuel Clemens once wrote, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." This world-renowned son of the South, popularly known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was full of such wisdom. In one of his most famous novels the protagonist, a character meant to embody the very spirit of America, stated, "My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders."

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