Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Things I didn't know we'd lost

Obama has given us our patriotism back. I just... I mean... Just watch this video. It's incredible. Portland, so-called "Beirut West," is so proud, so happy to be an American city. It always has been, but suddenly that has a whole new meaning and its people are taking back some of the symbols of the "real America/fake America" rhetoric that's become so popular over the last eight years. Perhaps most amazing? They're doing so without irony, without kitsch; they're just genuinely, authentically overjoyed. And you're welcome to join them.


Beau said...

I just watched that video, it is incredible. I don't even know how to describe it all. I almost feel like I could pick up a flag lapel pin and not feel strange wearing it.

Sydney said...

I know what you mean! It's like, two weeks ago, a flag pin meant, "I'm a conservative American, I have conservative viewpoints and I love the part of American that concurs with me." And now it could mean, "I'm an American and I love America." I can't quite wrap my head around it, it's all so crazy and wonderful.