06 July 2008

Patriotism: Spread it On!

Time offers a lengthy article on patriotism distinguishing between the two flavors of conservative and liberal (h/t Yglesias) . Where conservatives hold patriotism as value of affirmation towards their homeland (e.g. The Pledge of Allegiance, lapel pins), liberals hold patriotism to be a set of concepts like liberty, equality, and justice. Since many of us don't fit neatly into the linear political classification of "left" or "right", can't we just be proud of America because we're not locked away in some shitty gulag in Siberia?