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Speaking of disasters, California is 49th from the last state to allow homosexuals to marry. Lots of back and forth on this… listened to some interesting discussion on the radio this afternoon (Steve Deace on WHO-AM) regarding who’s at fault… the comments stating that the California Supreme Court was not only out of line, but acting against state constitutional restrictions, and that Arnie the Governator is complicit by enforcing the ruling instead of hauling the court up for impeachment.

Also, I managed to miss a number of things. I wanted so much to do something special for Flag Day Saturday, and missed the boat (no pun intended) completely with all the flooding news spinning around. I’ll have to wait for next year. But I will say, I’m thankful for the Flag, for the country it represents, the spirit it symbolizes, and the men and women who have risked and given their lives to defend it.

Lastly, Peggy Noonan’s “Declarations” column in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal was awesome. She hit the nail on the head with what’s bothering me and frustrating me about our country and the dramatic shift we’re seeing in people’s attitudes about patriotism, long-term thinking, priorities, and overall unity. It’s almost like we have to start all over again with a large portion of the electorate and explain to them why our country, our constitution, our rights, our sovereignty and our laws are so critical to maintaining the staying power of our great nation.

Peggy takes the time to contrast the differences between how McCain, and more importantly, most Conservatives / some Republicans (referenced as “Old America”), and Obama (referenced as “New America”) think… how they perceive the world of government, what they think America is all about. I particular liked the very first item in list:

In the Old America, love of country was natural. You breathed it in. You either loved it or knew you should.

In the New America, love of country is a decision. It’s one you make after weighing the pros and cons. What you breathe in is skepticism and a heightened appreciation of the global view.

I love that line about Old America: “You breathed it in.” That is a perfect word picture for how I see Patriotism. Frankly, if you need to “decide” (and I’m sure that’s Michelle Obama thinks about it), you should just decide “no” and go somewhere else. In my humble opinion. Why stay here if you’re not sure America is what you want?

I love America. Plain and simple. How about you?

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