Exposed by the "Rockets Red Glare"

I am sick to death of the forwarded ignorance of so many Americans!

       "I am sorry but after hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Spanish - enough is enough. No where did they sing it in Italian, Japanese, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German, Portuguese, Greek, French, or any other language because of immigration. It was written by Francis Scott Key and should be sung word for word the way it was written. The news broadcasts even gave the translation -- not even close. Sorry if this offends anyone but this is MY COUNTRY -

       IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP ---- please pass this along~

   I am not against immigration -- just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes, live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the past -- and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

        Think about this: If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone-----YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM !!!!

       Will we still be the Country of choice and still be America if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries that came to live in America because it is the Country of Choice??????

       Think about it!


       It is Time for America to Speak up If you agree -- pass

       this along; if you don't agree -- delete it."

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KCRW's Left Right and Center July 4th edition

The first half of today's show was about patriotism, and it was juicy. The second was about Barack Obama's shift to the center and John McCain's Campaign Shake up.

A substantive discussion amongst the panelists about what patriotism means. Bob Scheer expounds on George Washington's farewell speech; Tony Blankley talks about how the theme plays out politically; Matt Miller shares thoughts by Peter Beinart of Time Magazine that the right says "America's great," the left says, "Here's what would make America great;" and Arianna Huffington mentions the USA Today poll that says 2/3 of Americans think that protesting is patriotic. Are Obama's moves toward swing voters going to win him votes or just the animosity of his base? And will John McCain's campaign recover its footing with new guy, Steve Schmidt, at the helm.

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Patriotism Defined

crossposted at daily kos

Today I volunteered for a political campaign for the first time in my life.  Just Wednesday, I decided on a whim to attend a voter registration training event with the Obama campaign and through that I had an opportunity to volunteer at Obama's speech on patriotism at the Truman Memorial Building in Independence, Missouri, today.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the speech.  Though it was open to the public, tickets to the event were gone in less than two hours.

While what I did at the event was not tremendously important in the grand scheme of things (I helped the to-dos of Kansas City and Jackson County politics find a seat), in attending this event I have renewed my commitment to turning Missouri blue this November and beyond.  I met some fantastic and inspiring people, made connections, and made commitments to attend other organizing and voter registration events in my communitiy.  I am truly impressed with Obama's ground game here in Missouri and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

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Laura Bush Defends Michelle Obama's Patriotism

One of the sillier memes floating around out there is that Michelle Obama is somehow unpatriotic and not proud of America (due to a quote a while back that was misconstrued).

So, guess what rabid, left-wing crackpot jumped to Michelle Obama's defense today?

That's right, First Lady Laura Bush:

Michelle Obama has a new defender from those who say she isn't patriotic enough -- First Lady Laura Bush. In an interview with ABC News, Bush said that Obama's February remark that she was proud of the United States "for the first time in my adult life" was misconstrued.

"I think she probably meant `I'm more proud.' That's what she really meant," Bush said from Afghanistan.

"You have to be really careful in what you say because everything you say is looked at and in many cases misconstrued," she said.

Thank you, Mrs. Bush.  Your sanity on this issue is greatly appreciated.

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A Tribute to the "Enemy"

Today, Memorial Day, I honor the American heros who have laid their lives on the front lines for the love of our country.  I honor the soldiers -- past and present -- who have battled our enemies, and often paid a tragic price.  They have paid with their lives, their mental or physical health, the heartbreak of  loved ones.

I have never lost a loved one to war, and so I have immense respect and gratitude towards those who have personally suffered to keep our country free and peaceful.  For our soldiers, for the sacrifice they and their families have made -- I am eternally proud and thankful.

It is in this spirit that I salute "the enemy," John McCain, war hero and patriot.  An honored veteran, a man of great courage and dignity who endured unimaginable suffering on America's behalf.

In the heat of political battles, it's easy to forget Senator McCain's legacy. Thank you, John McCain, for your service and your sacrifice.

I salute you, and all the brave women and men who have served our country with honor.

Cross posted at TexasDarlin

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