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Patriotism

Dylann Roof and a Culture that Turns the Truth on Its Head

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

"You rape our women," Dylann Roof is reported to have declared just prior to shooting nine black people in a Charleston church. And in that, he showed a mentality that reflects something deep in the culture.

How I Finally Developed Some National Pride

Sezin Koehler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

Being a Third Culture Kid -- someone who spent her developmental years outside her parents' home countries -- I never got the cultural coding that provides for a sense of nationalism or patriotism.

Take The Citizenship Test For 'Merica

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 06.30.2015 | Comedy

Sure, you know America. But do you have what it takes to obtain legal citizenship in 'Merica?

Yankee Doodle Polling: Public Opinion on Patriotism

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Public opinion polls confirm what foreign observers have often noted: Americans are a very patriotic people. But what does patriotism mean to the U.S. public, and how tightly is the ideal bound to its symbols?

This Soldier. My Fear. And Bringing Us All Together in Peace.

Jennifer Kushell | Posted 06.19.2015 | Good News
Jennifer Kushell

This week I received a friend request on Facebook by someone whose profile picture scared me. My choice to explore it further, rather than delete, block and quickly try to forget it, turned into one of the most fascinating conversations of my life, that now thousands around the world are involved in after just 48 hours.

Two American Heroes Show Us How to Restore Our Exceptionalism

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Molly Alexander Darden

On June 6th, they buried Beau Biden, an American hero. Biden expressed his patriotism by living his ideals as a loving family man, an attorney, military officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp, an Iraq War veteran and a politician.

One College Student's Analysis on Representation in the Film American Sniper

Nadia Karizat | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Nadia Karizat

In this day and age, many people are constantly exposed to all sorts of media texts, television series, films, music videos, social media, news and radio programs, etc., and are surrounded with images that help shape the way they view different groups of people.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the time, that an immigrant family had named their newborn "America" in hopes of not being deported.

What Students Can Learn From the National 911 Flag

Mia Toschi | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Mia Toschi

The American flag can bring crowds to their feet, make grown men cry, and others salute. It is the ultimate symbol of sacrifice in our country. But one modern flag's journey is particularly poignant and provides a living testament to the resilience and compassion of the American people.

Memorial Day & Veteran Suicides - Simply UNACCEPTABLE!!!

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

This year, as you prepare for Memorial Day by buying your burgers, beer and barbecue sauce, maybe throw one more purchase into the mix.

Press Play for Politics: My Struggle to Compose a Georgian Weapon Against Russia

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Tinatin Japaridze

On the first day of 2010, I got a phone call from the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), the official organizers of Eurovision's Georgian chapter. The previous year, I co-wrote the 2009 Icelandic Eurovision entry, "Is It True?," a runner-up that received a silver prize at the finals held in Moscow.

A Letter To My Children on Memorial Day

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Bronwyn Lea

I grew up in such a different world than yours. I learned about the World Wars in school, and even though I had grandparents who had served in the armed forces in North Africa, they were not the heroes of my World War II and Cold-War heavy curriculum: It was the United States.

I Can't Imagine -- A Memorial Day Tribute

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Barbara Jacoby

I love my country and everything for which it stands. I am so very grateful to have been born here into the greatest democracy in the world. I appreciate the freedoms that I have that allow me to be who and what I am and to believe whatever I choose.

The 'Most American Thickburger' Is An Entire Backyard BBQ Crammed Into 1 Bun

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 05.14.2015 | Taste

Eating hotdogs and hamburgers prepped on the grill is one of the most American things one can do. Add some potato chips to your plate and you can expe...

Why the American Flag Is the Least of My Worries

Jared Loggins | Posted 06.25.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

If the American flag should be a metaphor and a symbol of anything, it should be of radical possibility -- where the black and brown citizens at the margins are central to America's care and concern, where calls for patriotic response is not the mask of those who refuse to admit the nation's terrible truths.

Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Roadside America: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Sean Whitson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Sean Whitson

We could see the wonder in his eyes, and in the eyes of the two other toddlers there that afternoon. Thankfully, they couldn't see the nostalgia in ours.

The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Nan Levinson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

A President's Speech, A Fraternity's Rant

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

There was Oklahoma. But then there's Selma...

Dear GOP Senate Saboteurs, Obama Derangement Syndrome Is Not a Strategy

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

ODS (Obama Derangement Syndrome) won't work out any better for Republicans in 2016 than ABB (Anyone But Bush) did for Democrats in 2004. Voters still expect you to stand for something not just against whatever the president of the opposing party is doing.

Patriotism, Religion, Obama

Herb Silverman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

I'm interested in why people ask these questions, and how their answers of "No" or "I don't know" reveal more about the questioners than about Obama. I'm also interested in how such people respond to these two questions: What is a patriot? What is a Christian?

No Political Ideology Has a Monopoly on Patriotism

Rich Rubino | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Rich Rubino

By and large, Americans have come to believe, although erroneously, that Patriotism is tantamount to support for the Constitutional system of government and the policies instituted by the government. In truth, an American Patriot can love his/her country while opposing the polices of the government.

Do You Really Love America? Take This Test and Find Out

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.03.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

People who want to lead their country, in all likelihood, love their country. I wouldn't want to lead something I don't love. That's why I never ran for president of soccer or humidity or the Kardashians.

'Ida' and False Controversy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I would like to make a distinction between two terms -- terms that are often used interchangeably, but in actuality, while connected in some ways, stand as unique and separate from one another. The terms are "patriot" and "nationalist."

This Is Not a Horrible Thing to Say

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The notion that Barack Obama doesn't "love America" is preposterous on its face. He loves this country enough to retain confidence that it can live up to its ideals, even when it has strayed furthest from them.