Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Celebrating Independence Day...

In recent years we have become a more polarized nation with the people on right end of the political spectrum claiming to be more patriotic and loyal to American values than the "lefties." This explains why their representatives in Washington took time out recently to promote an amendment to the U.S. Constitution protecting the flag of our country. One distinguished Senator described the Flag-burning Amendment as "the most important issue confronting the American people."

Some of us would describe patriotism somewhat differently. The emphasis would be on protecting those individual rights enshrined in the Constitution. The Founding Fathers were intent in creating a society where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were protected.

Anyway, our celebration of Independence Day this July 4th is a good time to reflect on what it means to be a patriotic American.

Have a safe holiday...and Happy Birthday, America!