Saturday, July 03, 2004

"Give us Back our Damn Flag: the leftist case for patriotism"

this is an op-ed piece that I think is a nice little July 4th read. I've been struggling with this issue myself this year, and I don't think I am alone. It's been a year in which it has sometimes been difficult to feel much pride in our country's actions, especially for those of us who were against the war. Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks examine some of the the most common outward signs of patriotism, like the Pledge of Allegiance, and discuss the fact that many were born from progressive ideals, though they have been usurped by conservatives, and make a case for leftist patriotism.