Credo for the New American Patriotism
That politicians are more honest than they seem;
That government is more competent than it appears; That government is benevolent, regardless of how much
it wastes or how many people it harms;
That citizens must trust the government, regardless of how often it lies;
That democracy is a panacea, regardless of how often it fails;
That freedom is whatever the president says it is, pending revision.
—James Bovard, Attention Deficit Democracy