Posted by: jt | July 4, 2008

patriotism: not just for lapels

Dianne has a gorgeous post about patriotism up over at Forks Off The Moment.  In her blog, she’s building this happy little corner of the web that’s positively soothing to read.  Even when she’s having a bad day, she finds a way to make it funny.  Eternally thoughtful and deliberately kind – Dianne’s is a blog to follow.  Here’s a tiny taste of her experience at the VFW on July 3rd:

One of guys mentioned how sick he was of flag waving and bumper ribbons and endless talk of Obama wearing or not wearing a lapel pin. He’s having a really hard time with the VA and would much rather hear about that. He can’t pay his bills and he’s terribly worried about his daughter and her kids – her husband is on his second tour and she’s having a rough time holding it all together.

“Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce

When he mentioned not being able to pay his bills one of the others talked about how hard it was to stick it out with his part-time job. He needed it to pay for gas and heating oil and he was damned if he was going to lose his house at this point in his life. He wondered aloud who was responsible for this mess.

“In any free society where terrible wrongs exist, some are guilty – all are responsible”. Abraham Heschel

I said I was sick of looking backwards, unless there was going to be impeachment, I’d rather look forward and hang on to some hope for things to get better. My second job is killing me too.

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” ~Lin Yutang

She’ll make you smile and make you think. What more can you possibly ask?



  1. thank you! such lovely words for me!

    I appreciate them and I know you know I mean that lol

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