True Patriot : A Pamphlet

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  • Format: Trade Book
  • Copyright: 2008-01-15
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books

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Over the course of a generation, patriotism in America has been hijacked by the right and abandoned by the left. But the principles and values of true patriotism country above self, contribution above consumption, stewardship over exploitation, freedom with responsibility, purpose through sacrifice and service, pragmatism, a fair shot for all are inherently progressive. The True Patriot, written in the pamphleteering style of Thomas Paine (Common Sense), challenges progressives to reclaim patriotism and spells out just how to do it. This powerful and timely "little red book" combines a manifesto, a ten-principle plan, a model speech, and a moral code. Throughout, it weaves between the words of the authors and excerpts from foundational American texts and speeches, as well as a parade of iconic American images.

Author Biography

Eric Liu was a speechwriter for president Bill Clinton in his first term and White House deputy domestic policy advisor in the second. He is the author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker and Guiding Lights: How to Mentor—and Find Life’s Purpose. He has been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC. In 2002, Eric was named by the World Economic Forum one of the 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow." He lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs, and hosts an acclaimed television interview program called Seattle Voices.

Nick Hanauer is a successful entrepreneur based in Seattle. He was a founding investor in Amazon.com and served on the company’s board of advisors. He founded and served as CEO of Avenue A Media and is a partner in Second Avenue Partners, a management, strategy, and investment group for early-stage companies. He is active in city, state, and national politics. He co-founded the League of Education Voters in Washington State.

Table of Contents

A Politics of Purposep. 3
Our Inheritancep. 15
Declaration of Independence
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
The Patriot's Moral Codep. 19
Our Inheritancep. 23
George Washington's Farewell Address
Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address
Daniel Webster's Dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument
Franklin Delano's Roosevelt's State of the Union Address
True Patriotism: A Manifestop. 31
Our Inheritancep. 47
Theodore Roosevelt's "The New Nationalism"
Robert F. Kennedy's "Recapturing America's Moral Vision"
John Winthrop's "A Model of Christian Charity"
Images of Americap. 53
Patriotic Values and Policies: A Ten-Principle Planp. 69
Our Inheritancep. 81
Theodore Roosevelt's "The Strenuous Life"
Judge Learned Hand's Address at the "I am an American" Day
Susan B Anthony's "Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?"
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Address at the March on Washington
True American Patriotism: A Speech to Americap. 93
Our Inheritancep. 119
Jane Addams' "Newer Ideals of Peace"
Langston Hughes' "Let America be America Again"
John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
Ask What You Can Dop. 127
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