A couple more caveats before I get into the heart of the matter: I am not any sort of political or social expert. I'm just an American with a quirky view of the world, and I'm not saying I'm right. It's quite possible I'm wrong, but I'm going to say what I think anyway. Finally, some of you may not believe this after you read some of the things I plan to write, but I am passionately patriotic. It's just that my way of expressing my patriotism is different than most people's. I celebrate America by trying to point out its flaws so that we can correct them. I recognize that America is not perfect and acknowledge the mistakes we have made in an attempt to avoid making them again...over and over. I choose not to display the flag, but I also choose not to burn it. I celebrate the freedom to go against the mainstream idea of what patriotism should be.
I celebrate your freedom to read the words I have written here and not agree with them. But responsibilities I bear because of my rights compells me to keep writing them.