What Richard Linklater’s Vietnam Veterans Movie Can Teach Donald Trump About Patriotism

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What Donald Trump fails to comprehend with his censure of recent NFL protests, but which Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying admirably understands, is that patriotism comes in many forms – including, sometimes, criticism of our most hallowed institutions for failing to uphold our most cherished values. It’s a simple, yet bedrock, component of American democracy, intertwined with our freedom of speech, and it’s anything but a threat to our national unity; on the contrary, it’s what binds us together, makes us stronger, and ultimately affords us a more positive path forward. It is, in short, fundamental to what makes us who we are – and great.

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