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I may not be the most conventionally patriotic of citizens.  I’m unquestionably a bleeding heart liberal who would like to dismantle the military industrial complex in the name of giving the world a hug. That said… I do love my country quite a lot and will be the first to defend it when “American” ways of life are unfairly criticized. (Has anyone else noticed how much this happens in parenting communities? “Why are American kids so spoiled?” “Here’s why French kids are better behaved!” Ugh.) We’re a land and a people full of awesome.

And here some of my favorite people come together in a performance of sheer awesome that honors this amazingly complicated place.