Sunday, July 04, 2004

Give us back our damn flag!

We on the left have for many years now been tarred with the brush of un-patriotism, if not outright treason. Nothing could be further from the truth. We love our country as much as, if not more than, any rah-rah jingoist.

In an L.A. Weekly op-ed piece called Give Us Back Our Damn Flag: The leftist case for patriotism, Peter Dreier and Dick Flacks make a case for liberals and progressives to reclaim our right to be seen as patriots, and to claim the flag as a symbol of our patriotism. The difference between blind patriotism and what the left has is that we don't see only the good - we also see how much there is that can be better. It's like the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam - we don't just take the world as is, it's our job to make it better than we found it.

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