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A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

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Before and After: Reflections on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, form a pivot point in our history and collective imagination, separating what we recall, however naively, as the relative quiet of the late 20th century from the endless war on terror that still grips and shapes the 21st.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



Facial Hair, Patriotism and the Enemy in American History

Here are good mustaches and beards and bad mustaches and beards as imagined in American popular culture and war propaganda, as a way of contextualizing today’s hero-worship of the backwoods conservatives of “Duck Dynasty” and villainization of the backwoods conservatives of the Taliban.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE



Rennett Stowe (CC BY 2.0)

Patriotism: Signs of Saturation

Maddening that so many people can’t see through a selling technique that, while cleverly done, shouldn’t fool anybody. Sad to witness the Dependent Mind, the mind given over to authority and orthodoxy. Tragic that the young will learn to hate, fight, and die, and cause the reciprocal.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE


Just Say No

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Remembering Why the Right Doesn’t Own the Stars and Stripes

Like many men who volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II, my late father never boasted about his years in uniform. A patriot to his core, he nevertheless despised what he called the “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



Will Elvis Costello Dance on Margaret Thatcher’s Grave? (Video)

In a famous lament written at the height of the Thatcher years, the English musician expressed a desire to live long enough to see the brutal British leader die so he could one day “stand on [her] grave and tramp the dirt down.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE


Jesus’ Children

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


The American Dream

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Anti-American

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Let Steele Speak

The Republican National Committee chairman is a wonderful distraction, a constant source of gaffes, laughs, clarifications and denials. But it’s the Democrats reciting Dick Cheney talking points who should be embarrassed.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE


star spangled satire

Startling New Lyrics to ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Revealed

Get your fill of patriotic celebratory rituals over the July 4 weekend? Or maybe you’re kind of over it all, which would put you in just the right frame of mind to watch this rather irreverent little musical number conjured up by the Onion’s twisted humorists.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


The New Black

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‘Born Again American’

TV legend Norman Lear is no stranger to philanthropy. His latest venture is an interactive music video that celebrates the “rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism.” Give it a gander after the jump, then make your own version.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009 READ MORE


To Each His Own Obama

President Barack Obama intends to use conservative values for progressive ends, and in doing so he will confuse a lot of people.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


Country First? Hardly

Stripping away the partisanship, passion and propaganda, what about the veracity of the claim that the GOP puts this country first? Well, let’s just say it’s a little dicey.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

Mr. McCain Goes to Washington

John McCain, a lobbyist and fixture of Congress for more than 30 years, nominee of the incumbent party and self-proclaimed foot soldier in the Reagan revolution, tried to convince Americans Thursday night that only he could bring real reform to that wretched place called Washington. Updated

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE


Flag Worship

Leave it to the Grand Old Party to go from Martin Luther King to 9/11 in less than three seconds.

Posted on Sep 2, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain’s Warped Worldview

The world according to John McCain is one in which America is triumphant at home and abroad thanks to the Bush legacy, rolling to victory internationally and mastering its domestic economic problems. If daily news would seem to deny such a rosy scenario, then that only shows skeptics lack the courage that sustained McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Toby Keith
music.aol.com

Toby Keith Comes Out as a Democrat

Is this the same Toby Keith who unleashed the cheese-slathered anthem, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” (complete with fluffy golden retriever puppies and rippling flags in the video version), on the general public in 2002? Mr. “We’ll-Put-A-Boot-Up-Your-Ass”?

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


Wee the People

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Posted on Jul 6, 2008 READ MORE    


On Black Patriotism

The fact that African-American patriotism is never simple doesn’t mean it’s in any way halfhearted; to the contrary, complicated relationships tend to be the deepest and strongest.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE


Schumer on oil
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Happy Oil Dependence Day

As we head into the Fourth of July weekend of patriotic bluster and beer swilling—but before we are too besotted with ourselves—might we also for once consider our imperfections? Why not take a moment to heed the cautions of our founding father, George Washington, whose true legacy will most likely be ignored during the flag-waving weekend?

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE    


Clark
AP photo / Danny Johnston

McCain, Obama Rebuke Clark

Monday brought yet another round of political Mad Libs, which proceeds as follows: 1. (Insert surrogate name here), adviser to (candidate)‘s presidential campaign, slams (rival candidate) for lack/excess of (personal quality) on (major media outlet); 2. (Rival candidate) blasts (surrogate), hints that such antics reveal opposition’s true character; 3. (Candidate) distances self from (surrogate), who goes on to apologize and perhaps step down; 4. Repeat as necessary.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


Progressive Patriotism

If the 2008 election is to be a debate about the true meaning of patriotism, then bring it on.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


Obama

Obama: ‘Lay Off My Wife’

Barack Obama responds to the Tennessee GOP, which went after his wife,  Michelle, in a recent ad.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Flag Pin

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Daily Show

A ‘Daily Show’ Tribute to Fox News

It’s hard to believe, but Fox News is already 12!  As the Murdochian news channel faces the inevitable growing pains of its ‘tween age, working hard to define President Bush’s legacy before he leaves office and displaying as many American flags as screen space will allow, “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver salutes Fox with his own special tribute.

Posted on Apr 11, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton’s Latest Campaign Controversy

Even some Hillary Clinton supporters have expressed reservations over the role of the former president in the campaign. Others have argued that the media and the Obama campaign exaggerate when it comes to his comments. Whatever the case, Bill’s mouth has gotten him into trouble again.

Posted on Mar 22, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher on Phony Patriotism

The “Real Time” host agrees with Barack Obama that wearing an American flag pin is but a token of patriotism that probably doesn’t amount to much: “Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I’ll show you an a—hole.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2007 READ MORE


Patriot’s Day: Stop the Violence

Historian Howard Zinn tells us that patriotism “is about dissent.” Americans should see the wisdom of his words in a time when some equate patriotism with supporting the war. As the U.S. mourns the loss of innocent college students, let’s not blindly accept the horror that has destroyed thousands of young Iraqis.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Terrorized by ‘War on Terror’

The culture of fear is like a genie that has been let out of its bottle. It acquires a life of its own—and can become demoralizing.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Truthdigger of the Week: Mayor Ross ‘Rocky’ Anderson

Truthdig salutes Rocky Anderson, the Salt Lake City mayor who spoke out against the war and reminded the world that “blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism.” Anderson welcomed Bush to his city with a fiery protest speech and these searing lines: “A patriot does not tell people who are intensely concerned about their country to just sit down and be quiet; to refrain from speaking out in the name of politeness or for the sake of being a good host; to show slavish, blind obedience and deference to a dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2006 READ MORE


American Flags
Left: From the Bergen County Record; right: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Waving the American Flag

Phew!
What a past few years it has been for the American flag ... embraced throughout the world after the Sept. 11 attacks; denounced throughout the world not long after; subject to a Republican attempt to make it fireproof during the last two national election cycles….
So with flags waving high during this Fourth of July, Truthdig invites its readers to reflect in the comments box on the nature of patriotism and nationalism. Here are some primers from E.J. Dionne, Howard Zinn and John Kerry (more)

Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE


Inching Toward Authoritarianism

A legendary South African journalist calls himself “appalled” at the way America’s policies of wiretapping and torture are beginning to resemble those of apartheid Cape Town. (Video available.)

Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE


Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
clinton.senate.gov

Not Backing Hillary

I’d like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Sen. Clinton for president.

Posted on Jan 21, 2006 READ MORE


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