Samuel Johnson said, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel". It seems this statement is more relevant now than it has been in a while.
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" because it is easy for manipulative people to conceal their self-serving or destructive aims by wrapping them in the flag. Toxic patriotism is suspicious and judgemental of the patriotism of others, especially those who are perceived as being outsiders and not belonging to the toxic group. It poses a litmus test for patriotic behavior, such as the current controversy surrounding the NFL players. Those who do not comply are seen as disrespectful and unpatriotic. Taking issue with leaders and protests in general are likewise trivialized and not considered legitimate. Autocrats recognize the power of nationalism and tribalism. They make strong connections between themselves and the symbols of the state. They also sell themselves as the guardians or saviors of the nation, thereby tying their political survival to that of the nation. There has always been a strong "God and country" association in right wing thinking, whether we are talking about the U.S. Republican Party or repressive Islamic states. Religion serves the purpose of keeping the people under control and submissive. They require less policing if transgressions are also sins against their god.
" It poses a litmus test for patriotic behavior, such as the current controversy surrounding the NFL players. " So true @Joann.
Just another form of projection. I'm a patriot and you're not, when the opposite is far more accurate.
Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. ~ Albert Einstein.