Kerry Blogs at Huffington Post
This Fourth of July, Senator John Kerry wrote a column on the Huffington Post.
He explains what patriotism means to him:
"This Fourth of July it's right to spend some time thinking about what it means not just to be an American, but to be a patriot -- because the concept of patriotism itself is under assault in ways that remind me of a different time in our history.Senator Kerry understands what patriotism means.
When we protested the war in Vietnam some would weigh in against us saying: "My country right or wrong." Our response was simple: "Yes, my country right or wrong.
When right, keep it right and when wrong, make it right."
He understands the nuance between loving one's country and defending the Freedom that makes this nation special, and the belief that we need to pass Constitutional Amendments to prevent flag-burning.
He understands that support of the family means providing good paying jobs for American in safe working environments and not bashing homosexuals preventing them from getting married.
He understands that providing for the health and welfare of Americans means providing health care for children and a real drug plan for seniors and not obsessing about clumps of embryonic stem cells destined for the garbage.
He understands that supporting our troops means providing them with body armor, realistic tasks, and not sending them into unnecessary wars on contrived explanations. He understands that supporting our troops does not mean asking them to die for the reason that others have already died and their deaths should not be in vain.
Senator Kerry understands what love of America means.
It is not a lock-step nationalism that has us all flag-waving all of the time. It is the love of a nation that tolerates dissent, that operates within the laws, and that does not exploit homophobia or xenophobia or plain fear of terror to motivate the masses.
America needs Senator Kerry for 2008 in more ways than we know. Let us work to inform Americans why.
We got your back John!