Patriotism is best understood as love of country. That idea does not imply that one cannot also be critical of the country one loves, even fiercely sometimes. Love of country implies that one sees excellence in that country. Excellences can also be referred to as “glories.”

They can not only exist; they can be formulated, stated, celebrated, set to song, discussed, embodied in literature, for examples poetry, and more.

They can also be memorialized in historical events and/or relationships.

One of the glories of our republic is to be found in the relationship between Justices Ginsburg and Scalia. This one should be taught in schools at several levels. Biographies should be written and read. It should not be forgotten.


Indeed, it should be remembered and emphasized during times which at least appear to threaten the republic.