What Patriotism Really Looks Like

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(Proudly cross-posted at Clintonistas for Obama and Democratic PartyBuilder)


Is it just me, or is there something truly special about the Fourth of July holiday? I know, I know, it should be special to all of us because it's when we celebrate what our nation is about. I guess I'm just blessed that I'm able to see and experience this holiday in a special way.


It's fast becoming a tradition for me to march with my local Democratic Party in the world-famous Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade. And when I march with my fellow Democrats in the parade, I notice something amazing. I also noticed this afterwards, when I was working with local Barack Obama volunteers on voter registration.


You know what it is? I'll tell you after the flip...



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This is what true patriotism looks like. Yes, I'm serious. We love our country so much that we woke up at the crack of dawn to navigate around messy freeways and closed streets to show up. We love our country so much that we saluted all the brave troops that love our country so much to fight for it and defend it. We love our country so much that we value our community here and we participate in civic activities like this one to continue making our nation a better place to live.


Oh yes, and we love our country so much that we stayed after the parade to register new voters. Oh yes, and we also stayed to inform current voters about the upcoming election. Yes, we love our country so much that we become involved in politics. We do activities like this, and we work our you-know-whats off to ensure we elect good people to office who will honor what this nation is all about.


You know, so many people just think of patriotism as a superficial gesture. I don't. Despite what many would say, Democrats like me truly are patriotic. We love this country so much that we get involved, and we stay active so we can see real results and real progress for America.That's why I marched in the parade yesterday. That's why I registered new voters for Obama. That's why I'm an active Democrat.


OK, that's the end of my rant... Now you can enjoy the rest of my photos! ;-)



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Tags: Barack Obama, ca-46, California, Debbie Cook, Democrats, Hillary Supporters, Orange County, patriotism, progressive values (all tags)

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12 Comments

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by atdleft 2008-07-05 02:57PM | 0 recs
Oh, I didn't even realize this was up!

Awesome pictures. You're right, this is what patriotism is all about. As much as I gripe about the government, I love my country.

Highly recommended!

by sricki 2008-07-05 03:49PM | 0 recs
Haha...

Well, thanks for noticing. It's nice when we can ditch the trolls and the flame wars, and we can talk about what really matters. :-)

by atdleft 2008-07-05 03:55PM | 0 recs
Haha...

Well, thanks for noticing. It's nice when we can ditch the trolls and the flame wars, and we can talk about what really matters. :-)

by atdleft 2008-07-05 03:55PM | 0 recs
Haha...

Well, thanks for noticing. It's nice when we can ditch the trolls and the flame wars, and we can talk about what really matters. :-)

by atdleft 2008-07-05 03:56PM | 0 recs
Triple post!

Impressive! ;D

by sricki 2008-07-05 04:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Triple post!

He wants three mojos.  ;)

by psychodrew 2008-07-05 04:23PM | 0 recs
Whoops!

I guess those error messages were wrong... It really WAS posting this comment. Dammit, my peecee is hiccuping too much. It needs to go to the doctor... ASAP! ;-)

But anyways, I certainly did have a glorious time yesterday. I even had fun registering voters. OK, OK, so we were registering voters on the beach and we got to talk with half-naked party people! It WAS still good work, and we still registered 50 new Democrats yesterday.

Maybe you all should try it some time... hehe ;-)

by atdleft 2008-07-05 04:51PM | 0 recs
Rec'd

A voter registration drive on the beach!  Love the grassroots!  Another reason I'm excited to move to Florida.

by psychodrew 2008-07-05 04:14PM | 0 recs
love it love it love it. ;)

rec'd.

by canadian gal 2008-07-05 06:33PM | 0 recs
Re: What Patriotism Really Looks Like

Very nice, thanks for sharing photos and your day. Oh and rec'd.

by Hollede 2008-07-05 08:30PM | 0 recs
Re: What Patriotism Really Looks Like

The ultimate expression of Patriotism and Sacrifice.

Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

-Douglas MacArthur 12 May 1962, West Point

by TxDem08 2008-07-05 11:02PM | 0 recs

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