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Because, America This is You

“Time makes more converts than reason.” Thomas Paine, 1776The places you learn to love a country vary. In the 1990s, jingoism wasn’t overtly present. It was post Cold War, pre War Against Terror, and the Gulf War did not elicit the same “for the love of the country”  emotions.  Growing up just a wee bit media obsessed (and without cable television),  I learned how to grapple with America not only in the classroom but also on the television screen. My weekly dose of patriotism came via reality show forerunners like American Gladiators and the very democratic America’s Funniest Home Videos. Every Sunday night, I sat and enjoyed  the missteps, falls, and  pies in the face suffered by my fellow compatriots. A vote was taken to determine the winner. Participating in this display of the country’s best meant embracing embarrassment, laughing, and making a choice. I loved it. America, this is you. “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insis…

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