"Everybody knows me to be a progressive or a liberal or lefty or whatever. I think of myself as a bleeding-heart conservative," Mr. Lear said during a press tour to promote an upcoming PBS documentary on his career.
"So before World War II or shortly after, we were in love with America because we understood what it was about and that's what we were in love with. I believe everybody's patriotic today. Everybody loves America. But I don't need their flag plans to prove it. I'd like to go back to civics lessons," he said, according to Entertainment Weekly.