I’m getting a bit off topic from my usual quotes to bring an interesting snippet from our local newspaper here in Raleigh, NC. This quote is excerpted from an article that discusses rediscovered patriotism on the part of Obama supporters who had eschewed overt displays before Obama’s recent election victory.
“Where most other nations are bound together by ethnic identity, America has been united by concepts such as equality and justice. This foundation is powerfully inclusive, enabling people to arrive here from far-flung corners of the globe and consider themselves Americans. … But it is also a fragile one. In a nation that has not always lived up to its soaring ideals, people have long debated the meaning of America and how to honor it.”
— J. Peder Zane and Kristin Collins