Of patriotism and pride

I really love this country I live in.  I always have, and I always will.  But like parents with a difficult child, I have to admit that liking this country has been a real challenge for the past decade or so.  I found it hard, near impossible in fact, to hold my head up high and say that I am an American.  I questioned the ethics of my leaders, their motives, and I watched as policies and actions were carried out which seemed to have ambiguous value for the country, as well as very little moral ground on which to stand.

I don’t feel that way now.

I’m not saying it’s perfect; far from it.  But I can certainly hold my head up again.

Happy fourth of July, everyone.  I leave you with one of my most popular blog posts.

Remember, remember the fourth of November

A picture I took from my friend's deck. Pretty amazing view!