That’s the great thing about America. We can celebrate the courageous accomplishments of our military – our citizen soldiers, who are not an alien force among us but who are us – and not be coopted by a spirit of militarism.
It’s the great thing about America that we can start our life as a nation with a tragic if humanly universal flaw – slavery – and yet defy the fate of tragedy and overcome it.
It’s the great thing about America that we always have something better to think about than one faction’s political characterization of another as “fascist” – or “racist,” or any other weaponized political curse deployed not to illuminate but to condemn and silence.
It’s the great thing about America that we can just tune shrieking and scolding out, because we know we’re not whatever some hysterically angry people are calling us, and we have no need to justify ourselves to them.
by J.E. Dyer