This weekend, I am remembering the values upon which this country was built. I am remembering that what caused most of those in the military to risk (and give) their lives was not "nationalism." They did it for a lot of reasons, but I never heard anyone say that it was for nationalism, and I make a strong distinction between patriotism and nationalism. I believe deeply in the words of Emma Lazurus.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Whatever greatness America has had, or ever will have, is based upon this. Martin Luther King, Jr., said (and I paraphrase), "Unless everybody is free, nobody is free." It is a deep and abiding truth, we are all interconnected.
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