Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Dissent is patriotic
I had a phone call yesterday from a fellow liberal living in East Tennessee. I wished her a happy Independence Day, but her response surprised me. She wondered how I could muster any patriotic feeling given the current state of things. I replied that I feel more patriotic because of the current administration. I can be proud to be an American and ashamed of the president. It is not unamerican to criticize the government. The very basis of our beautiful democracy is that we have both the right and the responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. We must not be discouraged. We must continue to fight for the real America. Ours is a country of limitless possibilities. We need to continually remind our fellow citizens of the ideals that make us great. We are a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of idealists. We are a diverse nation. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence later gave us a Constitution, a great foundation on which to build. We must always remember the basic tenets on which our democracy is founded, while continually moving forward. Liberal and Progressive are both beautiful words.