07/04/2006 12:16 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

July 4th

July 4th is a day of happy clichés: flags, fireworks, barbecues and baseball! It is, also, our traditional day for political bombast. For over-the-top patriotism and for we're-better-than-anyone-else xenophobia. As a one-day thing, with non-military rockets lighting up the air, the scent of grilled meat byproducts wafting over all, cold watermelon and happy music, some hoo-ray, hoo-ray for us! comes across as a happy part of the mix.

But the cheap jingoism has become our daily bread. It comes out of the White House everyday. It comes out of congress and the senate every day. It fills the airwaves on Fox News and on right wing radio. We're the best! We got freedom! They all hate us for our freedoms! They're evil! We're good! Stupidity in the name of patriotism marches on!

Wouldn't it be nice if we could stick it back where it belongs, in one hot day in summer.