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Flags and Patriotism
The Fourth of July is here once more, and (surprise) I'm not feeling especially patriotic.

Does this:

US Flag

...mean anything anymore?  Did it EVER mean anything, or was that all just propaganda for consumption by a gullible public?

Is America just the "home team"?  Are we supposed to cheer for it regardless of what it does?

What does "proud to be an American" mean, anyway?  Do we really think we have more freedom than, say, Canada or Britain?

Should I be "proud" of these flags as well:

Oregon Flag         UCL Flag

...since they also represent sub-groupings of people (my state and alma mater) of which I am a member?  I was born in America; I graduated from UHCL because it was close and convenient (and had smaller class sizes than the main UH campus where I started); I moved to Oregon for a job and a girlfriend.  None of these group affiliations are much more than chance.  In what way am I supposed to be "proud"?

I'll spend the Fourth with my wife and friends -- people I CHOOSE to be affiliated with -- and light some fireworks because, hey, they're pretty, and fun, and they're not available most of the year.

As for America... I truly hope it gives me REASON to feel patriotic again someday...  but that day isn't now.

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amaebi From: amaebi Date: July 4th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
With you, particularly while (as usual in the U.S.) "patriotism" is defined as entailing toeing the executive branch line.
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