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It’s taken me a while but, perhaps similar to your Twitter mutual, I’ve been in a place where everything “America” felt like an elaborate fiction. I longed for what came before -- mid century Americana; what came before that -- the European motherland; and even what came before that -- a connection to native Anglo-Saxon and Dane and Celtic peoples. It was all as LARP-y as I felt the “American fiction” to be.

I realized that it’s hard to love an abstraction. But people? My neighbors? The soil in my yard? I can love them. And with them I can help make this country something I could see myself being proud of. So I’ve come to a place where I can say the Pledge of Allegiance again, not in blind devotion to what came before as when I was in elementary school, but from a place of hope, as a self-dedication to a nation--real people, real land--that’s really under God, where people actually live with liberty and justice.

Idk. Some thoughts inspired by your thoughts.

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That's exactly what I mean!

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Jul 4, 2023Liked by Bethel McGrew

It's too easy to be very cynical about the state of our country and the institutions in place, but, damn it, we got the best country ever devised by the mind of man.

There's millions of people trying to sneak into the country illegally and not the other way around for a lot of very good reasons.

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It was good. Very moving. Thank you.

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Thanks for reading!

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