On the day that Donald Trump made news by openly inviting Russia to intervene in the presidential election, the Democrats in Philadelphia reminded America what true patriotism is.
Trump's brand of patriotism is strikingly, even shockingly, about decline and loss. It does not strike any of the mystic chords of memory that Lincoln touched and Reagan struck again. It does not evoke our nation's founding ideals. It is just a vision of America-as-Trump, a promise that if an unashamed swindler can become a wealthy celebrity then America must still have a chance.
Wednesday night's speakers offered a different story about patriotism.
By Eric Liu