This morning, Senator Barack Obama gave a powerful speech outlining his definition of “patriotism.”

The speech challenged conservative and liberal orthodoxy alike:

“Most Americans never bought into these simplistic world views; these caricatures of ‘left’ and of ‘right.’  Most Americans understood that dissent does not make one unpatriotic.  And most Americans understand that there’s nothing smart or sophisticated about a cynical disregard for America’s traditions and institutions.”

Drawing his biggest line of applause, Obama quoted Mark Twain to remind his listeners that,

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

And, amidst tensions from his base on issues of FISA and the 4th Amendment, Obama delivered this interesting bit of irony:

“Recognizing a wrong being committed in this country’s name, insisting that we deliver on the promise of our Constitution; these are the acts of patriots. . . And we should never forget that . . . especially when they make us uncomfortable with their words.”

Lastly, Obama made a veiled reference to comments made by Gen. Wesley Clark (seen here at TPM), distancing himself from any perceived intention to “devalue” McCain’s military service.

Take a look for yourself:

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