Yes, let's recognize the sacrifice made by (racist/sexist) visionaries, but don't ignore the idiocy of patriotism. "I LOVE MY COUNTRY." That's meaningless. You might as well be saying, "my government is better than your government." And what's the government approval rating in the US? So essentially patriotism is a willingness to blindly ignore horrific things that were done and are being done under your flag in lieu of feeling special because of a happenstance of birth. An accident of geography means you're better than someone born in a different longitude? There's no inherent greatness based on your citizenship. Go to a Walmart to see that truth.
You know how I know that patriotism is stupid? The music sucks. That simple. John Philip Sousa is annoying at best, that marching band hack. No one buys a Sousa album and blasts it in their car. It's the same reason I don't go to church anymore.
|You, on the left, you couldn't find American|
flag socks? And you, on the right, no American
flag hat? Must be Communists.
I'm not against the US either. A lot of good things and people and landscape and ideas are made there. I just don't like when people wrap their identity in something to the point where they can't accept criticism about that thing.
Tribalism is a plague that needs to be eradicated.
That said, nothing would make me happier than to be a spokesperson for Patriot Pickle, the "All American Pickle." Didn't know that pickles could be flag-waving nationalists, did you? Well, Patriot Pickle, fine purveyors of pickles to the food service industry, knows that if you're going to suck down a pickle, it better be an all American pickle. "Taste the xenophobia, Patriot Pickle." Or, how about, "We put the green in the red, white and blue, Patriot Pickle."
Some people spend their day off work going to the beach, playing frisbee golf, having picnics, partying, wrestling bears, or whatever it is normal people do to recreate, but me, I badger wholesale picklers into minor sponsorships or sending me just one bucket of Kosher pickles (c'mon, Patriot Pickle, I will never shut up about your product if you hook me up with a small bucket of pickles. firstname.lastname@example.org, hit me up.)