The Government is Merely a Servant

Mark Twain supposedly said,

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

He also asked,

For in a Republic, who is ‘the country?’ Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle?

Why, the Government is merely a servant — merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.

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