Patriotism is the most practical of all human characteristics.

Monday, July 03, 2006
Robert A Heinlein, via Darleen's Place

"[P]atriotism is not sentimental nonsense. Nor something dreamed up by demagogues. Patriotism is as necessary a part of man's evolutionary equipment as are his eyes, as useful to the race as eyes are to the individual.

A man who is not patriotic is an evolutionary dead end. This is not sentiment but the hardest of logic."