American democracy cannot be great until it is good, says lawyer, Harvard professor and former governor of Massachusetts DevalPatrick. A self-identified patriot, Patrick stands behind the fundamental values and civic ideals that he believes make the US unique - and outlines how the country has strayed from those same edicts. Calling for a collective patriotism free from cynicism and fatalism, Patrick underlines the urgency to reset national aspirations in order to save democracy.
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