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Earl Babbie's Keynote Address

Earl Babbie was the keynote speaker at a dinner hosted by the Democratic Party of Garland County (DPGC) on September 20th, 2018. A renown sociologist, Babbie holds the position of Campbell Professor Emeritus in Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University. His textbook, The Practice of Social Research (first published in 1975 and currently in its 14th English edition with numerous non-English editions), is widely taught in colleges throughout the United States and elsewhere. Throughout his career he has been active in the American Sociological Association and served on the ASA’s executive committee. He is also a past president of the California Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association.

Babbie explained how various political candidates seek to use the concept of patriotism for electoral advantage. “Patriotism is one of the most revered and misunderstood aspects of our political life. With the onset of home-stretch election campaigning, we can expect to hear constant references to patriotism, along with claims as to who is more patriotic than whom. John McCain, in his final communication, warned that patriotism is not the same as partisan tribalism,” Babbie said. “It’s important to distinguish patriotism from symbols of patriotism. There are parallels to this. Pledging fidelity in your wedding vows is not the same as actually being faithful. Or, signing a contract is not the same as actually doing the work or paying for the work. These bear repeating in the Age of Trump.”

Babbie added, “It is interesting that some people like to define patriotism in terms of the expression, ‘My country, right or wrong.’ Perfect size for a bumper sticker. Those who ground their patriotism in this phrase always neglect the second half of it, as originally expressed by Interior Secretary Carl Shurtz in 1872: ‘My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.’ I would suggest this is the bedrock of patriotism: a commitment to the realization of our national ideals.”

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