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Men who have offered their lives for their country know that patriotism is not the fear of something; it is the love of something. Patriotism with us is not the hatred of Russia; it is the love of this republic and of the ideal of liberty of man and mind in which it was born, and to which this Republic is dedicated.

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Source Notes: Speech to an American Legion convention, Madison Square Garden, New York City, 27 August 1952, in Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History, ed. William Safire (1992). Stevenson was governor of Illinois and the Democratic nominee for president in 1952 and 1956.

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