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July 4th Patriotism

Consuming Country -- Food on the 4th of July

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Home
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

We've heard often enough that we are what we eat. But it is equally clear that we also eat what we are.

The United States Isn't "the Best in the World," and I Couldn't Be Prouder

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Katherine Stanley Obando

When we drop that pretense, it is possible to see our country for what it is, and to better understand both the bad and the good.

How I Discovered My American Identity

Troy Campbell | Posted 09.06.2014 | College
Troy Campbell

Many Americans never discover their American identity until they befriended non-Americans. I am one of those many. This is my story of patriotic discovery that began back when I wanted nothing to do with America and ended in the international corridor of my university.

On July 4th: Who Will Sing "The Star-Spangled Banner?"

Leona Foxx | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Leona Foxx

His beloved National Anthem has become a performance piece. I cannot remember the last time I went to a professional baseball game where everyone in the stadium sang it together.

Will You Be Watching Fireworks On July 4th? (POLL)

Posted 06.28.2013 | MarloThomas

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I Will Reflect, Not Celebrate

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

Before my political awakening the Fourth was a fun day of barbecue, games, and fellowship with family and friends. Now, I reflect upon this nation's refusal to live up to the syrupy platitudes about liberty and sacrifice our political leaders will serve us like so many hot dogs.

What Does 'The American Experience' Mean To You?

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.04.2012 | Teen

This spring, HuffPost Teen published a series of editorials written by students at Oakton High School in Virginia that answered the question, "What is...

Born Again as an American

Norman Lear | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Norman Lear

My love for and devotion to our country goes back to incidents in my childhood, my service in World War II, and my involvement since 1980 in fighting those who would have us believe that people are good Christians or bad ones depending on their political points of view.

The American Dream: Immigrants & America July 4, 2012

Andrew Lubin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Andrew Lubin

President Barack Obama's recent announcement giving the children of illegal immigrants the opportunity to work and the outraged reaction of the GOP made me step back and think "what makes someone an American?" Is it an accident of birth? Or is it an attitude?

What Is the Fourth of July to Me?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Famed 19th Century abolitionist and fighter for racial justice Frederick Douglass thundered in a speech "What is the Fourth of July to Me." Douglass a...

This July 4th

Aloysius Boyle | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Aloysius Boyle

Like our founding fathers, today's guardians of freedom continually apply their sweat and blood to preserve this as the land of the free and home of the brave. Daily, they are making a difference in the lives of so many Americans.

Four Thoughts for the Fourth

Kate Kelly | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

We all consider July Fourth to be "our nation's birthday," but given the number of steps it took to be a free country, it's good to be reminded of what the day actually signifies.

Are we not patriots, too?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This weekend we celebrate July 4 with rounds of festivities marking our nation's 234 years of independence. But this country's need to showcase her i...

Spooked By Fireworks, Pets Fill Shelters

oregonlive.com | Doug Beghtel/the Oregonian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Independence Day kicks off a busy period at the shelter as fireworks cause pets to bolt from yards or familiar surroundings....

This Fourth of July, the Quest to Save Democracy Continues

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Wellington Ennis

Just because the black guy won in November doesn't mean election fraud, voter suppression, and systematic disenfranchisement is gone.

Pursuing Happiness: Surprising Facts About the Declaration

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

No, Taco Bell did not buy the rights to the Liberty Bell -- that was a very successful April Fools Day joke. (Yes, they got me.)

It's a Family Day

Cheryl Saban Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cheryl Saban Ph.D.

Our July 4th celebrations always include a variety of comfort foods, music, and some splashing in the ocean or in a pool somewhere, and a place to watch fireworks. This year, things are different.

What Would Abbie Hoffman Have Thought Of The Flag Lapel Pin Debate?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Flag lapel pins are all the rage these days, but the battle over wearing the flag is older than you may have thought.

A Modest Proposal for the 4th: Take Back Old Glory

Paul Slansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Slansky

Of all the stupid things done by the anti-war crowd, the most gratuitously moronic was allowing the sanctimonious hypocrites of the right to co-opt the nation's most basic icon, its flag.

A Just Democracy

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

I experienced a surge of hope after the most nationally inclusive race for president in US history. It was that hope that moved me to write a manifesto about how to invigorate our democracy.

Patriotism and Michelle Obama: A 4th of July Reflection

Anne-Marie Slaughter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne-Marie Slaughter

Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride. We should be proud of our country when we have done something to be proud of, but be able to recognize when we have fallen short.

What is Patriotism?

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Patriotism has been reduced to wearing flag lapel pins and adorning bumper stickers that read: "I Support the Troops." Where is the courage that exemplifies the spirit of 1776?