Obama Redefined Patriotism. Trump Is Trying to Erase That, Too.

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Barack Obama delivered the finest speech of his presidency on March 7, 2015. It was the fiftieth anniversary of the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, and the nation’s first black president stood before the Edmund Pettus Bridge to offer a masterful affirmation—of the heroes who marched for freedom, of their righteous cause, and of the underlying “American instinct that led these young men and women to pick up the torch and cross this bridge.” “It’s the idea held by generations of citizens who believed that America is a constant work in progress,” Obama said, “who believed that loving this country requires more than singing its praises or avoiding uncomfortable truths. It requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to