The wide variety of sites and locations means virtually every American is within a reasonable drive of a National Park site. By urging the use of military force to crush Black Lives Matter protests, Trump dishonors American troops and constitutional traditions.
He has researched the history of our country and government much more than the average person, and goes so far as to include in the Appendices; The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and The Ten Commandments. Patriotism has to be more than obsequious adherence to a tortured myth; it cannot just be loving a country that doesn't love you (or anyone else) back.
I reevaluated all of the ways I blindly supported the United States before I learned that the whole country was built on slave labor and the genocide of indigenous people and culture. Yet patriotism, at times, went to excess, as zealots sometimes measured loyalty by ethnicity or nationality.
That means that America's military is not made up of a cross section of the American society. Over half of Democrats, Republicans and Independents believe patriotism means to show respect, loyalty and love to one's country according to the June 2019 McCourtney Institute for Democracy Mood of the Nation Poll.
In April of 1893 the first Flag Day was proposed and declared to be held in honor of the flag that represents America each year on June 14th. It won't matter to many of their neighbors that the dozen new Mexican-American citizens are the ones who waited in line," who did it right." I say this to my press escort from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regional office.
By calling out the failure of America to live up to its lofty ideals, midcentury leaders summoned national pride in those ideals to mobilize a coalition for change. The nation in this sense figures as an abstract community, as something that holds or represents certain values.