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

7.04.2006

patriotism

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?

3 Comments:

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:
http://progressive.org/mag_zj2205

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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