Patriotism in the Age of the Phony


Patriotism in the Age of the Phony – Heather Michon – Open Salon

The rancorous voices are so loud that they are distracting us from the very real dangers that we face. There is a growing sense that we are at the end of the our American Empire. As I’ve said before, I think rumors of our demise are a bit premature, but the signs of stress are everywhere.

Our failure, if it comes, isn’t going to be because of geopolitical shifts. We’ve weathered those before. Our fate rests a lot closer to home. Somewhere along the road, we stopped thinking about ourselves as members of a grand democratic experiment, and so our democracy is dying.

All you hotshots who know how the country should be run — don’t forget to take the immigration test and find out if you can qualify for citizenship.  (If you’re under 45, I’m betting 75%.  If you’re under 30, I’m betting you flunk.)  We’ll take your word for it.  After all, if you lie you’re not hurting anyone but yourself, but your ignorance is hurting us all.

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