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Mon Jul 4, 2016, 07:39 PM


Patriotic Progressives Embrace the Flag, Too

America now confronts a new version of the Gilded Age, brought upon by Wall Street greed and corporate malfeasance. In the midst of a recession, the gap between rich and poor is still widening. Although the economy has improved in recent years, Americans are feeling more economically insecure than at any time since the Depression. They are upset by the unbridled selfishness and political influence-peddling demonstrated by banks, oil companies, drug companies, insurance companies, and other large corporations. They are angry at the growing power of American-based global firms who show no loyalty to their country, outsource jobs to low-wage countries, avoid paying taxes, and pollute the environment.

We are, once again, battling over immigration and who belongs in America. Some right-wing groups and talk-show pundits, calling themselves patriots, have even challenged the citizenship of our president.

These trends have triggered a growing grassroots movement — reflected by Occupy Wall Street, the Fight for 15, the Dreamers, Black Lives Matter, and others — involving a diverse coalition of community groups, immigrant rights organizations, unions, consumer advocates, and human rights activists — demanding stronger regulations to protect consumers, workers, and the environment from abusive corporations, living wages, fairer trade, an end to police abuse and mass incarceration, and higher taxes on the very rich to pay for better schools, safer roads, and student loans.

This movement, which embodies the idea of “liberty and justice for all,” reflects America’s tradition of progressive patriotism. It recognizes that conservatives have never had a monopoly on Old Glory.

Happy July 4th.


IMO, the most partisanly patriotic role a loyal Democrat can play is that of the progressive, populist, party reformer. I'm not a Blue Dog Democrat, or a Yellow Dog Democrat. I'm a Watchdog Democrat - and proud of it.

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Tue Jul 5, 2016, 02:40 PM

1. bump for post holiday visibility /nt


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Wed Jul 6, 2016, 05:03 AM

2. I've always thought pledging allegiance to the country made more sense than

pledging allegiance to the flag. We pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth whose design has changed many times since 1776 and our national anthem is about whether the flag survived a particular battle, rather than about the country.

As an aside, I've seen Boston's Fourth of July celebration get more militaristic, more police state-ish and more nationalistic since I first moved to Boston. I preferred it as a family event where people dressed normally. The more nationalistic and militaristic a country gets, the scarier.

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