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.

Got an opinion? Keep it clean. Don't ask open-ended questions, like "Does the Pope belong to a coven?" Make it pertinent.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s