Thoughts on Independence Day.

I had intended to put up a little something about the holiday yesterday, but after reading what ***Dave wrote, I couldn’t come up with anything better to say. So go read what he said instead and add a hearty “Hear hear!” onto the end from me.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Independence Day.

  1. Thankee, sir.

    It is a shame that patriotism has become the refuge of so many scoundrels (though certainly wrapping oneself up the flag of any “love” has been used as a scoundrelly excuse), because I think there’s a lot about this country worth being patriotic about (including the desire to correct those things which one finds shameful or falling short of our own self-professed goals—dissent is as critical part of patriotism as support).

    Thus, it’s difficult at times to actually utter a patriotic note, describing one’s love of country and its principles without either watering it down with caveats and apologies (see above) or making people wonder what sort of bill of goods one is selling.  Which is a pity, because I think this is, net, a pretty spiffy place to have been born and live in, and our system of constitutional government is pretty special (and worth protecting).

  2. Nice work, ***Dave.  Those are sentiments this expatriate patriot can get behind.

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