from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.



fat american
i bought this t-shirt years ago at a school of the americas protest. it seemed the right thing to wear this fourth of july, but for a blazing hot day in atlanta, it needed a little work.

there are many things i dislike about american society: we’re materialistic; we have a keen sense of entitlement, often at the detriment of others; we’re allowing our freedoms to be stripped away in the name of security and at the hands of the moral majority; and we’re widely apathetic.

at the same time, i appreciate the foundational threads of our country: individual rights; justice; freedom to live our lives as we wish; unprejudiced opportunity. and i have a deep appreciation for those who dedicate themselves to preserving that foundation.

do you consider yourself patriotic?


Blogger Amy said...

Funny....I posted this in my sidebar earlier....I don't completely agree, but it certainly was a catalyst for thought.

7/05/2006 04:31:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello girly- i've read your blog for about 6 months. don't know how i stummbled upon it. Patriotism you ask:

7/06/2006 05:25:00 PM

Blogger betsy said...

hello anonymous. thanks for saying hi! that's a great article btw (amy found it, too). i agree that we should hold allegiance to the human race and not a country. but still, i can't help but appreciate the rights we're supposed to have. though i'm sure i'd appreciate much about life in other countries, as well -- particularly western europe. maybe canada.

7/06/2006 06:50:00 PM


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