Patriotism is not one of my virtues. Anti-patriotism is.
The American flag flies outside our house at this moment, on Independence Day, only because of Nebra. She feels right-wingers are not the only ones who should claim the patriotic high ground. That ground is not high to me. It is Dead-Sea low.
I see very little in America of which to be proud these days. And not much to be hopeful for.
Racism is now shouted where once it was muted. Congress is divided and useless. We move through life via a politicized Supreme Court, presidential executive orders and Dark Money. Refugees are not welcome. U.S. foreign policy and fanatical right-wingers lead to terrorism. Religious fundamentalists want to stomp on individual rights. George W. Bush’s war in Iraq has opened Pandora’s Box in the Mideast. Equality is a joke. Democracy is a myth. It does not exist. An oligarchy of corporations and the wealthy pay off lawmakers to do their bidding. Violence is everywhere. Gun laws bow to the whims of the NRA and weapons manufacturers, leading to a hideous interpretation of the Second Amendment. We want to build an expensive wall across “the border,” although our own appetite for illegal drugs is a big part of the perceived immigration problem. The voting process is rigged by two out-of-touch political parties. Our two presidential candidates are widely unpopular. Just what the Founding Fathers foresaw.
Why would “God bless America”? Our wounds are self-inflicted. If you recognize these failings, any of them, how can flag-raising patriotism remedy the problems?
Fly the flag if you will. But it makes no sense to me. Waving an S.O.S.would be more appropriate.