Friday, July 2, 2010

Patriotism for the Lifelong Liberal

The older I get, the more I feel like 'patriotism' has become code for something else in America today, and it's not generally something I want to align myself with.  I have a different view of 'American Exceptionalism,' the idea that America is the greatest country in the world regardless of the way we as a nation behave at home or abroad.  I think what would make America truly exceptional would be accepting the fact that we're one of almost 200 countries in the world and can co-exist peacefully.  We don't need to be the best, no country does.  We're part of a bigger picture on an ever-increasingly fragile planet.  The 'greatest country in the world' would know this, wouldn't it?


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