“Each man must alone decide what is right and wrong, which course
is patriotic and which isn’t. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide
against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, to
yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may.” Mark Twain
“Our citizenship in the United States is our national character.
Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the
latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is
AMERICANS’” Thomas Paine