When our own statue-toppling Western culture-warriors seek to empty our museums and metaphorically shoot busts of our own national heroes through the skull here at home, they should consider the implications. Revisionist culture-wars may one day prevent nations from defending themselves properly in real shooting-wars.
Patriotism is part of our repertoire of civic ideals and identities, as Jean Bethke Elshtain reminded us. While its excesses and perversions are to be lamented, Patriotism rightly perceived yields a concern for the moral tenor of one’s culture.
Volodymyr Zelensky’s wartime leadership personifies a fierce defense of hearth, home and national sovereignty, a strong sense of national identity, a rejection of imperialism, marital and family values, and regard for human life, all while being in sync with the national purpose of the Ukrainian people.