Funny how sometimes these little quizzes get it exactly right. If pressed, this is pretty much what I’d have said about how I feel about being American just now. (And before anyone says anything stupid about "going back where I came from" I’d like to point out that I’m a 7th generation Californian and all four of my grandparents were born US citizens and I currently live less than 2 miles from the hospital where I (and all my siblings and mother) was born. Love or hate me, this is where I came from.)
Though I do love the US, I find the idea of a sacred flag odd to say the least. What I don’t love is the direction its leaders have been taking. Let’s just say that for me anyway, Uncle Sam isn’t the problem.
|You Are 40% American|
But you wouldn’t mind giving it an extreme make over.
On the 4th of July, you’ll fly a freak flag instead…
And give Uncle Sam (make that Bush) a sucker punch!
Don’t you find it odd to think that it would have been easier for an atheist to be elected President in the late 18th century than it would be now in the early 21st? I say this not as an atheist, but a semi-practicing Catholic. As I read more and more work of the American Transcendentalists and their intellectual forebears, I find that thought — that with things they wrote about religion, Adams and Jefferson couldn’t be elected today– running through my head constantly. As well as this lovely quotation from Dwight Eisenhower
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels — men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Well, I wish anyway. Still, he was writing in the mid 20th century. Sometimes it does feel like our society moves backward before stepping forward again.