Back in my youth, Dick Nixon claimed the support of the “Silent Majority,” one of whose slogans was “America, love it or leave it.” This was, of course, bullshit. We could both love it and want to fix what was wrong with it.
We still can.
As a child, I wondered what I had done so right in a former life to be born in America. My mother said what all mothers said when you refuse to eat your greens, “there are children starving in Africa.” And I responded, as all children responded: “So send it to them!” But I knew she was right, that I enjoyed a wonderful life, and here I was, fighting over first-world problems.*
I love this country. I love parades and statues reflecting our history, our Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the people who made this country great. I love it despite all its imperfections, all it still needs to do. America has been very good to me, and for that, I honor it today, Independence Day.
And if you can’t love America because you believe it’s so awful that it can’t be improved, fixed, saved, then why are you here?
*This is where any “moral and decent” person would, at minimum, equivocate, or better yet, self-flagellate for his privilege and beg forgiveness and then go silent.