My friend recently got a new passport (no, that's not his photo) . . .
What can I say, I swelled with American Pride when seeing the design and imagery.
I can't be sure, but I think the way that we as Americans view our history is drastically changing.
I grew up with the vision of America as a vast land of infinite possibility.
We said the pledge of allegiance every morning with our right hands over our hearts,
One nation under G-d, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
George Washington could never tell a lie, Abraham Lincoln intoned the Emancipation Proclamation.
Today it seems 'in' to show the truth behind our founding fathers -their faults and follies.
I don't deny the human nature and darker side of the Founding Fathers, but human nature is to look up to Heroes, be they real or mythological, and the stories of America, forged in the crucible of the great experiment of liberty, are necessary to form our common identity as a nation.
If not we are left with a parade of superficial 'pretty' people pumped out by Hollywood.
I would rather have Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt as the American Way then charlatans of Hollywood.
As a Jew I know there is even more then that, there is a Torah, a Rebbe . . .
But the American people as a whole need to have pride in their country.
"May God continue the unity of our Country, as the Railroad unites the two great Oceans of the world."
-the Golden spike
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Posted by Mottel at 3:57 PM