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Patriotism

Irish Mutt Muses on What it Means to Be American

Katie Tandy | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

When I hear people talk about their family's history, their ethnicity -- mandalas, Celtic warblings, a dashiki, even a dish their old odd grandmother makes back in Ukraine -- I find myself longing for that kind of context.

Military Service Today

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

But three generations of relative prosperity have served to more than double that rate of inadequacy. The condition of so many of our young people offers a grim indictment of our public schools, a rebuke to parents, and a warning about the future of national security

Inverted 'Patriotism'

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Inversions occur when U.S. companies buy out usually smaller, foreign corporations and reincorporate in another country to avoid U.S. corporate taxes. For example, Walgreens, the uber-American drugstore with deep roots in Illinois, has begun the process of merging with a Swiss company.

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

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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.

Why Ideology Is Not the Only Way to Approach Political Discourse

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Michael Morgenstern

Ideology is overly broad. It simplifies arguments, obscuring inconsistency of thought and differences between individuals. It provides security and community at the expense of this simplification.

Veterans of Foreign Wars: 'Doing Good Things'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.04.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

From what I hear, read and see, the VFW does a fine job at the national level. But, as with any large organization, many of the "good things" take place where the rubber hits the road, at the local Posts.

Why It's So Important To Pause And Take A Breath Together On The Fourth Of July

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty
Ann V. Klotz

Independence Day. Ideals. Parades and fireworks. Big ideas counterpointed against ceremony and celebration. On July 4, I suspend my worries about our country. I dive into nostalgia, grateful for immersion in traditions free of cynicism, free of the complexity of close analysis.

Unpatriotic U.S. Corporations Becoming Hot Political Issue That Unites Right And Left

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The days when Big Business can have it both ways -- as an artificial, power-concentrating entity with special privileges and immunities, on the one hand, and all the constitutional human rights of real people on the other hand, are coming to an end.

To The Military Mom I Saw In The Airport -- And All Those Who Sacrifice

Natalie Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Happy 4th of July to all who celebrate, both home and overseas. Those with their loved ones and those without. Those dreaming about a better tomorrow and those fighting for it.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Sue Shanahan

"Children are hopes" -- Novalis I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the...

10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker & Todd Van Luling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Just in case you want to be *that* person.

Service and Sacrifice: The Foundation of July 4th

Mike Liguori | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Mike Liguori

The time is now. I ask this Fourth of July, when grilling those hotdogs on the back porch or lighting fireworks, you take a moment to think about a course of action on how we can make this country better.

How Well Do You Know Our National Anthem? Take The Quiz!

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.02.2014 | Comedy

How 'Merica are you? Well, put down your apple pie body spray, step away from your bald eagle Oculus Rift simulator and prove it! Pick out the correct...

Sarajevo 1914 and New York City 2001: Is It Happening Again?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.26.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Sarajevo 1914 does not appear so distant, at least in terms of rhetoric and inclination to dehumanize the other. But, then perhaps our awareness has been raised to the danger.

July 4th: Re-Discovering America Through Immigrant Eyes

Eric Trules | Posted 06.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Eric Trules

I brought my wife-to-be here to LA from Indonesia on August 3, 2001. I think of my lovely Indonesian wife and I think how beautifully she fits into the fabric of this country we call America. Sure, I know I romanticize her life. Because I also know my wife still often feels overwhelmed here.

A Baby Boomer's Liberal Guilt Regarding Edward Snowden

Carol Smaldino | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

In being an advocate of the Civil Rights movement in this country, in being an advocate of peace during the Vietnam War, there was a sense of rightness about it, perhaps one could even say righteousness

Adrift in Love for Two Nations

Luise Meyer | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Luise Meyer

Denmark is my motherland. My parents, sister, niece, cousins, granddad, aunts and uncles are there. Denmark is where I was born and raised, and where the very foundation for the person I have become was established.

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

9 Quotes That Capture The Meaning Of Memorial Day

Next Avenue | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue Memorial Day has come to represent the kick-off of summer, a season of barbecue, beaches and vacations. But the original i...

A Grateful Nation Remembers Fallen Heroes

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Although we are all aware of the remarkable leadership and sacrifice of great generals of wars past and present, it is the silence of those men and women who died during combat that speaks so clearly to the meaning of bravery and patriotism.

To Whom it May Concern

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Marjorie Morrison

The rates of suicide, unemployment, and homeless for veterans continue to rise. I believe this has a lot to do with the civilian-military divide, compounded by the media sensationalizing PTSD.

Talking to Kids About Ukraine

Richard Greenberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

I would counsel that there is absolutely no reason to tell a small child about what's going on in Ukraine, because I think that child really only cares about what's going on in the kitchen.

Putin' on the Ritz: Why Western Business Undermines Sanctions to Put Profits Ahead of Patriotism

Terry Connelly | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

It turns out our own devotion to liberty and international law only goes so far when somebody's profits and dividends and executive compensation are put at risk. Talk is cheap, but patriotism is expensive, as it turns out.

The American Flag T-Shirt Case: It's Not About Patriotism

Dirk Hughes | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Dirk Hughes

The government can, and does, legally violate our Constitutional rights when in its best interest to do so. In fact, they do it quite often. They just need the right reason.