ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies

GoodTaste

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Does the expression "ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies" imply that he is not so ready and happy to defend all its merits and values?

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“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”


— Arthur Schopenhauer
 

bhaisahab

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No, it doesn't. For one thing, merits do not require defending. The implication is that s/he is ready to praise his/her country whatever it does, right or wrong.
 
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