First and foremost- thank you for your service. Not only you, but every cop, Marine, Navy, Army, and Coast Guard puke on this board. It's still hard for me to watch the videos of the planes hitting the tower, and I think of you guys every time I think of that day.
Now on to something I was going to start a thread on: Flag waving patriotism.
We, as a country, have done some dumbass things. We, as a country, are not bad people, but we have made mistakes. Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq, in my mind, have become mistakes that I would not have committed to if I were running the country.
We have a country teetering on bankruptcy because we've made some dumbass financial decisions- dems and republicans alike are guilty, and we don't seem to understand simple economics well enough to stop the dumbass things we're doing.
That being the case, I still fly my American flag, because I believe in the goodness still resident in the American people. Spoiled? You can bet your ass. Arrogant? Sometimes. We make make mistakes, as do every other nation in the world. But I'm damned proud of America as an ideal and of Americans as a whole... so on days like today (still an undeclared holiday) July 4, Labor Day, and Memorial Day, you're going to see a flag at my house.
My neighborhood is firmly middle class, and as I was walking the dogs this afternoon I took care to count the flags in the 5 block route. Eight flags, including mine, out of the 35 houses along the walk. I figure there's 15% middle Eastern, maybe 20% Hispanic, 15% Black, and the balance WASP.
This makes me say WTF is wrong with people, with the memory of the towers still fresh in our minds... that some people have relegated this day to the cellar of bad dreams? The Middle Eastern families, I can somewhat understand even though I admittedly carry some prejudice. But why the hell would they have come to this country if Islam is so damned great?
The rest of you- born Americans, naturalized citizens.... SHOW SOME DAMNED PRIDE in your country! You chose to be here, so celebrate with us, and mourn with us... or go the hell home.