Wednesday, September 3, 2008

And did I mention that I'm proud of my country?

Dear Sarah - give it a rest already. For months, the Republicans relentlessly pounded Michelle Obama for a comment that they've taken completely out of context. You know, the one where she said she was really proud of her country for the first time (because of the way average people have gotten mobilized by this campaign). Side note: Michelle didn't go into hiding and send surrogates out to say how awful and mean the press were treating her.

Here's what Sarah said in her acceptance speech while talking about average Americans:

"They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town."

I've got news for you Sarah, sometimes it's not healthy to 'always be proud of America' because that's how we fall into complacency. That's how we elect, and then inexplicably re-elect, an Administration (George W) who systematically upturns everything our country stands for. Are you proud of America invading another country and killing hundreds of thousands of their citizens and ours for no valid reason? (Come on, we all know by now Iraq was never a threat to us, the news must have even reached you in Alaska). Are you proud that our public school system is in shambles and millions of Americans, young and old have no health insurance? Are you proud that our jobs have been shipped overseas while we reward the companies that do it with tax breaks? Are you proud we're in debt to China to pay for that illegal war in Iraq? If you are, you've got some real judgment issues.

It's OK to question your government, in fact the founding fathers expected us to. Give it a try, you might even like it.


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