On September 18th, President Trump held a rally in Bemidji, MN, a mere fifty miles from our home. Michael and I longed to attend but he's in too much pain and it'd take too many oxygen tanks to stand in line for ten hours. So we watched it live on Right Side Broadcasting.
The patriotism was palpable. Even through the computer screen, you could see it, hear it, taste it, touch it. That's when I turned to Michael and said, "Screw this! I've written about narcissism for five long years. I'm done. I want to write about America."
How do you describe patriotism? Words are inadequate.
Sicilian immigrant and Hollywood director, Frank Capra, took a pretty good crack at it in Meet John Doe (1941) when "hard boiled editor" Connell (James Gleason) described how The Star Spangled Banner made him feel to John Doe (Gary Cooper.) Here's the clip:
That's how I feel but I could never express it so eloquently.
When I was a little girl, my mother carefully explained what an incredible blessing it is to be born in the United States of America and that Freedom exists because we take personal responsibility for our actions. I believe this as fervently now as I did when Mother impressed it on me four decades ago.
So every time I hear The Star Spangled Banner, I stand and put my hand over my heart and try to sing along but I can't because the lump in my throat is too big and my eyes are brimming over with tears. I joke the feeling of patriotism starts at my Adam's apple, wraps right 'round my neck and ties in a big red bow at the back. I bleed red, white and blue like my WWII Marine grandfather who always stood to attention and saluted when he heard, "From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli." Grandpa didn't talk about patriotism. He lived it. Semper fi.
I love America. I love the Idea. I love her documents, her flag, her symbols, her songs, her traditions, her vets and my fellow patriots. I love what she stands for. I'm passionate about my freedom. I love Trump because he stands for what America has always stood for expressed so eloquently in The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Documents we Americans consider almost as Divinely Inspired as the Holy Bible.
It's as simple as that. God. Family. Country. Simple.
But the Left, the Deep State, the Squad, the MSM can't fathom concepts so simple and yet so profound. Their minds are too small, too suspicious, too complicated and too greedy to understand something so good. Like Gary Cooper said in Meet John Doe:
So they obsess about Trump the Man because as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot revealed after the foiled kidnapping plot on the Michigan Governor: "All roads lead back to Trump." Everything is his fault. Narcissistic projection at its finest.
Yes, Trump is the the leader of the party, the Executive Branch, the most visible member of the movement but it's so much bigger than him. He made it cool to be loudly and proudly patriotic again. We always felt it. Trump made it safe to express it again.
Frankly, I think the Left is just jealous. We MAGA folks are having a high ol' time. Each rally is a big patriotic party and they're the bitter wallflowers. Sucks to be a socialist!
America is the biggest, best and most successful experiment in Getting Human Life Right in the history of homo sapiens. For many decades, we lost our way. We're returning to our Divinely Inspired precepts with President Trump at the helm of our Ship of State.
So if you too have tears running down your face when "Oh-oh, say can you see..." rings out or when Lee Greenwood croons, "For I'm proud to be an American, for at least I know I'm free," let the tears flow.
Be proud of your patriotism and pass me the tissues! I know just how you feel.
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