Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

Two Kinds Of Patriotism

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention, July 25, 2016. (Paul Morigi/WireImage)
How immigration affects the contest between ethno-nationalists and multiculturalists

At this year’s Democratic National Convention, speaker after speaker offered paeans to American greatness. One of the most memorable was Michelle Obama, the first lady, who spoke movingly of America’s story as “the story of unwavering hope grounded in unyielding struggle.” There was something particularly striking about Mrs. Obama’s celebration of what she called “the greatest nation on earth.” Many will no doubt remember that in 2008, when her husband was competing for the Democratic presidential nomination, she briefly betrayed a certain ambivalence about America’s virtues, remarking before the Wisconsin primary that, “for the first time in my adult life,

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