Patriotism in America:
I listened to a couple of talk radio shows today, and read a great article in Time that really clearly defined the difference between one party and the other. One party has as its presidential candidate a person who refuses to wear an American flag pin on his lapel and who's wife says that she has never been proud to be an American. He sees America through the lens of all the things that are wrong with it. He seeks hope because he sees it as a desolate wasteland. The other candidate has served his country since his youth and is proud to be an American and sees all that is good.
This defines the difference in the world as I see it. I tend to look at the world as "Hey, this is a great place. We need to fix a few things, but it is good, and for the vast majority." But I keep hearing from the major media about how bad things are. Regan hit it on the head when he said "Republicans believe that every day is the Fourth of July, but Democrats believe that every day is April 15th." Where is that kind of leader today? One that inspires us to be better than ourselves without telling us what victims we are.