MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY BLOGGER CONSIDERS AMERICA'S GREATNESS!!!
Posting to make this an even 20 for today and because this Kansas City blogger post is by far the best thing I've read about REAL patriotism and living in America today.
Uncommon Courage: Is America Great?
Greatest passage . . .
"This blog may seem unpatriotic on this very most "patriotic" day of the year. It is not. I am able to write my thoughts without fear of reprisal (or maybe just a little fear of the NSA, but not much) because of what America offers and provides - freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom to criticize. The first amendment's freedom of speech is one of the most basic tenets of this country, and what separates our nation from most other countries in the world. And we have the Rule of Law - which means that no one, no government official, no wealthy socialite, no powerful industrialist, is above the law. At times the rule of law works less well in practice than in theory, but the powerful and wealthy are generally made to abide by our laws nonetheless. And we have protections for those accused of crimes, the right to a jury of ones peers, the right to an attorney, the right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment, and those rights make up the fabric of our justice system."
From one of my heroes.