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Flag Pins & Crosses: "Mine Is Bigger than Yours!"

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

I'm sure you've also noticed that American flag lapel pins on politicians are getting bigger. Is there a contest I'm unaware of?

Making People's Hopes Our Own

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Ambassador Stevens made the hopes of others his own as he tried to help them build a better country. That kind of global citizenship from an American public servant speaks volumes about who we truly are.

Michigan House Passes Pledge Of Allegiance, Flag Mandate

Posted 09.18.2012 | Education

The Michigan House last week passed legislation requiring every state public school to set aside time for the Pledge of Allegiance, and every classroo...

Time to Renew September 11th Patriotism

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

We may be safer from external threats, but there's a dangerous internal weakness fostered by a lack of nationalism 11 years later that threatens our future more than Islamic fundamentalists in Asia and Africa.

Bill Clinton to Treasury

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Today the economic pain in the nation is real, but for many Americans there has been an economic recovery. America has come a long way since Obama took office.

11 Years After 9/11 - It's time to Choose Trust Over Fear

Christine Pelosi | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It's time. After 11 long years it's time for us to return to where we were in those first few moments after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and choose t...

Explaining 9/11 to Children

Leah Singer | Posted 11.11.2012 | Parents
Leah Singer

I read a Facebook post recently that said today's 5th and 6th graders have never known a pre-9/11 America. It's a sad reality that explaining that day is now a part of our parenting culture.

9/11 Heroes Run: Uniting a Nation

Aloysius Boyle | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
Aloysius Boyle

In the days after 9/11 our country stood firmly in our resolve to rebuild, physically, mentally and emotionally from the attacks that day. The rebirth of patriotism was palpable.


Natalie Thomas | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
Natalie Thomas

Eleven years later, it's as visceral as ever. The sound, the smell, the fear -- it'll never leave me. But what also won't is the overwhelming feeling of pride I had in my country following the attacks.

What's a Patriot to Do?

Nancy Webb | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Nancy Webb

When Americans put their minds to it, and when our elected officials serve us the way they're supposed to, we can achieve remarkable things. So, I think I'll leave my flag flying a little longer. It will continue to remind me of what can be achieved when Americans work together.

The Real American Exceptionalism

Daryl Rowland | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

Our exceptionalism is due to our ability to attract and process conflicting ideas that can yield innovation, and to do so in a more-or-less peaceful way.

Is A Pink Leotard Unpatriotic?

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.05.2012 | Sports

Controversy has steadily swirled around the 2012 Olympics. From doping, to dating, to hair styles, the heated talk has yet to cool. Now, the uniforms ...

Romney's 'Bermuda-Gate': Why His Offshore Bank Accounts Really Matter

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The Republican party is big on patriotism. But devotion to one's country requires personal sacrifice for the larger good, and for Romney to preach the Republican gospel while privately amassing a fortune by evading taxes is deeply hypocritical.

PHOTOS: A Very Patriotic Underwear Run In Central Park

Posted 07.07.2012 | New York

The 12th Annual "Celebrate America" Underwear Run took place Friday evening in Central Park. The "fun" run takes place every year on the Friday before...

GOP Hopes USA Fails

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Never in the history of the nation has any great party dreaded good news for America the way Republicans do today.

A Spiritual Declaration Of Independence From Hate

Jason Van Boom | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Jason Van Boom

How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.

Proud to Be an American?

Tiffany Hawk | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Tiffany Hawk

Since moving home, I have made it a point to complain loudly about the injustices in this country, but more often, I choose to appreciate its virtues.

Patriotism July 4, 2012

Robert Reich | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Some Americans loathe the government and are doing everything they can to make the public so cynical about it that it's no longer capable of doing much of anything. But true patriotism means paying for America and coming together for the common good.

Hand Over Heart

Lee Woodruff | Posted 09.03.2012 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

More than 10 years after 9/11, we are tentative patriots. We gauge our neighbors' politics, we stick a finger in the air to test the atmosphere before considering a declaration of love for our country.

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

It's Time to Re-Declare Independence - Politically, Economically and Spiritually

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

George III is gone. But there are other tyrants, and it's time to re-declare independence from them: cynical cheaters on Wall Street and the politicians who serve them; austerity advocates who would have the many pay the price for the greed of the few; and mind-numbing consumerism that keeps us economically and emotionally enslaved.

Tired of Chest-Thumping Patriotism

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

We are indeed an exceptional country, and we should celebrate that. But patriotism also means calling our nation out for its problems and troubles. Here are my top four patriotic criticisms of Americans that I wish a politician would articulate.

The Ensign's Meaning to Me

Thomas Brennan | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Thomas Brennan

While reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and taking your hat off during the National Anthem are a few of the ways we honor our nation's colors, there lives a man in Richlands, North Carolina who chooses to honor the flag differently.

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.

I Am Gay... And An American

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I am a passionate, progressive, pro-choice, artistic, forward-thinking, optimistic yet sometimes sarcastic, spirit-seeking, showtune-singing, equality-supporting, Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-loving gay dad. And I am an American.