A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.   Edward Abbey

Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.  Unknown

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.   James Bryce

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”  Barbara Ehrenreich

He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.   Samuel Adams

I love my country, it’s the government I’m afraid of.   Unknown

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.   Abraham Lincoln

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.   Henry Steele Commager

All our political forms are exhausted and practically nonexistent. Our parliamentary and electoral system and our political parties are just as futile as dictatorships are intolerable. Nothing is left. And this nothing is increasingly aggressive, totalitarian, and omnipresent. Our experience today is the strange one of empty political institutions in which no one has any confidence any more, of a system of government which functions only in the interests of a political class, and at the same time of the almost infinite growth of power, authority, and social control which makes any one of our democracies a more authoritarian mechanism than the Napoleonic state.   Jacques Ellul

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.   Tacitus

The only patriots worth their salt are the ones who love their country enough to see that in a nuclear age it is not going to survive unless the world survives. True patriots are no longer champions of Democracy, Communism, or anything like that but champions of the Human Race.   Frederick Buechner

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.   George Bernard Shaw 

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars.   George Washington

‘My country, right or wrong’ is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’   G.K. Chesterton

Sometimes those who appear to be unpatriotic are the true patriots.   Gary Amirault 

While vast sums of money are being siphoned off into hidden [military] coffers, Americas schools, hospitals and public services are facing cutbacks and closures.   Rep. Henry Waxman

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.   William Edgar Borah

The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. In international conflicts, the truth is hard to come by because most nations are deceived about themselves. Rationalizations and the incessant search for scapegoats are the psychological cataracts that blind us to our sins. But the day has passed for superficial patriotism. He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery.    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

In America, we have a system in which multi-billionaire elitists select millionaire candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties. The people are then free to select which candidates they think will screw them the least. We call this Democracy.   Gary Amirault

Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.   Franklin Pierce Adams 


Many of these quotes were culled from Tentmaker Ministries, http://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/quotesindex.htm