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» Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Independence Day :: 2006

A Day of Hope!Anti Torture      I had conflicting emotions on what to post or to even post anything at all today.   Like so many liberals / progressives in this country, I have had very possitive feelings this holiday season due to the ruling of the Supreme Court in Hamdan vs Rumsfeld.   Those possitives were mixed with the reality that as many have pointed out, the current administration has never been one to let the rule of law get in their way on their quest for unlimited presidential power and endless wars.

After reading the article that Ron Beasley of the Middle Earth Journal excerpted below, I followed the Memeorandum link to MEJ to read Ron's take on it.   I knew immediately that his interpretation of the E J Dionne article meshed with mine exactly when I read the last line of his post.

So many things have changed since that infamous day in September of 2001.   We can only hope that sanity and reason will finally regain control of this great country as we struggle to patriotically voice our dissent against the most corrupt and lawless administration in our history, and a President who many of us consider the Worse President Ever to inhabit our White House.
On being a patriot

I wasn't sure what to say on this fourth of July. I am labeled unpatriotic because I don't think the United States can do no wrong. E. J. Dionne has some thoughts today in A Dissident's Holiday. Go read the entire piece but here are a few snips.

Most reformers guard their patriotic credentials by moving quickly to the next logical step: that the true genius of America has always been its capacity for self-correction. I'd assert that this is a better argument for patriotism than any effort to pretend that the Almighty has marked us as the world's first flawless nation.


This telling of the Fourth of July story identifies the day as part of a long, progressive history and turns "agitators" and "plotters of mischief" into the holiday's true heroes. The Fourth is transformed from an affirmation of continuity into a celebration of change. The republic's founders are praised not because they inaugurated a system designed to stand forever, unaltered, but because they blazed a path toward what Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has called "active liberty." They set the nation on a course that would, as Breyer put it, expand "the scope of democratic self-government."

This is not a philosophy for the stand-patter nor a recipe for living in the past. And it emphatically rejects any definition of true patriotism that cedes to a current ruling group the right to declare what is or is not "Americanism."
When I look at this picture I wonder if the symbol of this great nation was shedding tears because of the attack on the United States by al-Qaeda or if he was anticipating the internal attack on everything this country stands for from those in power.
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