Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Laugh

I've mentioned Alexandra Petri very briefly before here; a graduate of both my high school and Harvard, Alexandra now writes a hilarious blog on the Washington Post website.  I tune in to her column every once in a while, and always end up getting sucked in to the backlog because they are so [expletive] funny.

This is one of her more serious posts, and is actually a bit scary as there is truth in her humor.  I highly recommend reading it - after all, what more appropriate day to question patriotism than the Fourth of July?

There is more to this country than an unsingable national anthem.  We believed in the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness before they were mainstream.  Thousands of people come to our shores each year seeking what we have, because it is rare and precious.  We have a system of government based on the consent of the governed.  Our dead soldiers gave their lives not for a flag or because they particularly liked eagles but to protect a way of life that is unique in the world and deserves celebration.  To be a patriot is to believe in all that — in America’s past and its potential.

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