If you're a political party with really thin skin and can't handle a single word of criticism from anyone local or international, how do you go about achieving that goal? Simple! You find something that has a great historical reputation and you hide behind it. In this case...
...thing you hide behind is the country. That way, whenever someone throws some criticism in the general direction of your governance, your policies, and your propaganda-powered way of life, you can just claim that it is not you that is being insulted, it is the country. You...
...hope that people will not be able to tell the difference between you and the nation. But they can and they will. Because try as you might, history is not so easily erased. People remember that the nation is older than you and greater than you and that there is much more to...
...it than your sorry little presence. The weak and spineless always try to hide in the shadow of that which is greater than them. This is because they know they deserve all the ridicule coming their way. They know they can't say "you can't insult our party". So they hide...
...behind the country and say "you should stop insulting the country". In truth, as far as this country is concerned, the only thing still holding up our global reputation is the loud voices of dissent that echo in our streets. Had our reputation lived in the corridors of...
...power alone, it would've turned to dust long ago. The country's honour lies in the actions of those who are speaking up and those who are fighting against divisive forces. They're the ones making efforts to save the country's reputation in the world and to protect our honour.

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