Originally Posted by BornAgain
I think blind patriotism (like in USA) can lead to brain washing. Only in the way that the leader could declare war on another country and tell get the support from the public through spouting some crap about how its justified and needs to be done. Example Iraq war.
LOL! That just shows how much you know.
The president can't do anything without the approval of CONGRESS. He can NOT start war. Most people are to ignorant to realize this. Just about the only thing a president can do is veto stuff, thats it.
Now please don't go making idiotic false examples like this.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself John Stuart Mill