Saturday, April 14, 2012

Debate affirms American goals

The current health care debate may call into question whether or not Americans are united by a shared set of fundamental values. I would argue that we are. Before skepticism takes hold, consider this.

Nothing better symbolizes these Americans values than "Old Glory" herself. The 13 stripes are reminiscent of our common history, spanning from the American Revolution, to the Civil Rights movement, to today. The 50 stars are equal, exemplifying the common commitment to states' rights and representation in government. The "Stars and Stripes" fly proudly over both the White House and the homes of everyday American citizens.

But, the flag is more than just a symbol. Only people who truly love their country would so deeply revere its flag. Americans are among the most patriotic people in the world, and for good reason. For over two centuries, fidelity to the Constitution has perpetuated a "living" democracy, able to adapt to the unique exigencies of each generation. This is one of those times where Constitutional fidelity will try the American people, but I am confident we will hold together.

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