If ever anyone asks me what it means to salute the Stars and Stripes, this piece (starring actor Geoffrey Lewis) is how I respond.
Because It’s not about Republican or Democrat; these things are not America. It’s also not about a specific physical location; the American Experiment raises its banner in every part of the globe. Nor is it about conservatives or liberals, libertarians or progressives; these are merely labels for ideologies that morph over time, until they are almost unrecognizeable from one era to the next.
It’s about a single idea: that people are created free. And that this freedom is worth both blood and treasure; the necessary investments to ensure that liberty is not extinguished from the face of the earth.
“The will to work the struggle of America,” indeed.
Sweating. Pushing. Bleeding. Dust on our brows. Two steps forward, one step back. Warts and all.
Do you need your friends and relatives to be perfect, in order to love them?
No. You love them because they’re worth it.
That’s exactly how I feel about the United States.