July 4th, 2002

science, Dr.Quest

(no subject)

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.

E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894–1962)

I find myself thinking of patriotism today. I have friends who say that word with derision or through clenched teeth. Patriotism is a bad word to many. People of "learning" assosciate all that is wrong with this country with flag waving thugs.


SYLLABICATION: pa·tri·ot·ism
PRONUNCIATION: ptr--tzm
NOUN: Love of and devotion to one's country.

I concider myself a patriot. Not the everything my country does must be right patriots. More of the loves his country so much he wants it to live up to the ideal. I want america to be the land of the free. I want to be proud of my countries accomplishments. And I am for the most part. Are country is the greatest in the world for the simple reason we have the right to tell off anyone, from the president on down.

I think our countries recent trend is disturbing and I am not happy about it. I can say that and not get in trouble for it. I could say it to George W. and not get in trouble. I can right in a news paper or in my Livejournal and nothing happens. The FBI doesn't kick in my door. I dont loose my job. I am not labelled a traitor. And when election time comes I get to try and vote out the folks I think are fucking up. Isn't that a great country?

Yes I am ashamed of someof my countries actions but I still say I am a patriot. I will willingly say I am from the greatest nation on earth. I know thats cheesy but hey I am nothing if not willing to be cheesy at times.

OH well back to my rambling to myself