Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Happy 4th

A friend told me the other day that he was a little surprised that I regularly hang a flag in front of my house. I think that sometimes because I can be a little critical about consumerism and american global arrogance and extreme right wing politics (and extreme left-wing politics as well), and war that I'm not very patriotic. But I am. Now I'm not "cheesy-patriotic" (I think this is pretty self-explanatory), and I'm not uncritically patriotic, and I don't like people suggesting that if I'm anti-the-Bush-white-house-and-foreign-policy that I'm unpatriotic. So here's my patriotic manifesto: First and foremost, I am the citizen of a much larger kingdom, inagurated by Jesus, that will someday overwhelm every kingdom of this world. But within that context I am thankful to have been born in a place that values freedom -- even for cynics, critics and those that disagree -- sometimes loudly and passionately. I'm thankful for those that have died to protect our freedoms. I'm thankful to be a part of a country where it's okay to HATE Lee Greenwood, but love America deeply. I'm thankful to have been born in a place where ANYONE can achieve,

based on merit and where there's a place for everyone. Having said's the Dean family, waiting for the fireworks to start.


david rudd said...

you can't hate lee greenwood and love america... no man can serve two masters... the two are inseparable.

A.J. said...

LEE GREENWOOD is the man! It IS unpatriotic to hate him! ...or least it should be. ...damn hippies...