Judging someone's patriotism is a neat trick -- can anyone play?

Posted: Jul. 18, 2014 7:42 am Updated: Aug. 8, 2014 7:15 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

Remember Kim Jong-un, who executed his uncle for not cheering heartily enough at his tiny fist-shakings against the U.S.? How would you feel invited to such an occasion?

Pray Mr. William Foster never gets Kim's power; he already has nearly his gall. The tea party of course can conduct its own private meetings as it sees fit, but it takes some self-confidence bigger than Quincy to invite the general public and then presume to order your unsuspecting guests to take the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Foster is not satisfied with that, but watches your mouth carefully, presumably to judge your degree of patriotism, and then goes so far as to issue public grades on your performance.

Better way too late than never; now we know, and each can judge of the question: Would you take the pledge with the tea party? I prefer not, under such circumstances.

All of this preliminary agenda on the part of Mr. Foster makes me doubt that Mr. William Federer really was brought in as an even-handed historian of Islam, as against an ideologue. Did he in his talk, for instance, ever mention Mohammad Mosaddegh? If he did not and you have never heard of him, you might find it illuminating to Google him. However, I did not attend the lecture, and so will turn to a question I have long been wanting to ask, but judged it rude and crude. But now that Mr. Foster has broken through the thin ice of such polite evasions, I will take the opportunity to ask it.

After complaining so loudly and bitterly about having to pay taxes to "the greatest republic this world has ever known," how does a party boy work up the nerve to question a dutiful taxpayer's patriotism? Maybe this, as usual, explains the tendency to protest too much.

I've been trying to learn some gall from Mr. Foster. I am sure I am still far behind, but how is this for a beginning?

If Mr. Foster will acknowledge that he just might possibly have gone too far, I guess I would have to do the same, as his student. In fact, unless I hear differently, I will assume it is a done deal.

Mowbray Allan


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