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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Patriotism and Pride of Ownership

A Crisis of National Identity

Patriotism, we know it when we see it.  kids-pledgeLast refuge of the scoundrel, we cringe seeing it debased, diminished to mere platitude, shamelessly brandished by extremists of any stripe.  Recently it has returned to the forefront of U.S. national conversation amid controversy over the new Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum ( APUSH ) — or the framework for it — to be taught to our nation’s high school children beginning in 2015.  Voices on both sides accuse the other of foisting ideological biases upon the impressionable minds of our nation’s children.  Stepping back from it however, removing ourselves from the ideological fray, what appears is a controversy rooted in what can only be described as an identity crisis; not some sinister conspiracy by either party to poison the minds of their neighbors’ children, but a genuine crisis of national identity.  A deep and enduring schism in the American psyche, this dichotomy constitutes a clear and present danger to our national security which may only be overcome through some extraordinary, widespread, sensational, even viral reaffirmation of what it means to be an American. Continue reading