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By Julie Westfall, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Time magazine, as is its yearly tradition, has named a person of the year, and this year it chose multiple persons: those who are helping to fight the spread of Ebola around the world.

“The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight. For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving,” Time’s editor wrote.

Nina Pham, an American nurse from Dallas who caught the disease after treating the man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, said she was proud to be a part of Time’s coverage.

It’s not the first time Time has chosen to honor a group rather than an individual: The Protester, the Peacemakers and the Good Samaritans, among others, have been chosen in past years.

The other 2014 finalists for Time’s Person of the Year were Roger Goodell, Taylor Swift, the Ferguson protesters, Vladimir Putin, Jack Ma, Tim Cook and Masoud Barzani.

AFP Photo/Chip Somodevilla

"Performative patriotism" is a fancy way of describing what my father — a veteran of World War II who rarely spoke about his service — called "jelly-bellied flag flappers." Dad always laughed at those phonies, but we now suffer a president who is exactly that type, only worse. And Donald Trump's flag-flapping fakery is no joke.

A performative patriot is someone who, like Trump, oversells his supposed love of country, his reverence for the Stars and Stripes and, especially, his indignation at those whom he suspects of lacking his deep fervor. Such a figure will, like Trump, attempt to market these counterfeit emotions for his own benefit. And like Trump, that loud jingo is someone whose character will lead to a betrayal of American values.

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