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From Nationalism to Patriotism, Again

pledge of allegianceSince today’s writing prompt is “Educate“, I’m going to cheat and shamelessly repost my one but last post, so it gets more readers. Here goes:

I’ve always felt that America was primed for a fascist takeover. In fact, to some outsiders America already lives with “a very quiet kind of fascism“. Continue reading

From Nationalism to Patriotism: A Girl Can Dream

charlottesville nazisI’ve always felt that America was primed for a fascist takeover. In fact, to some outsiders America already lives with “a very quiet kind of fascism“. I’m sure most readers will still think, even after Charlottesville, that I’m overreacting, that it was only Charlottesville, not all of the USA, and yes, if it stops here, if Trump is dethroned, if this is the watershed moment when everything changes, great. But I don’t think so. I hope so, but I’m not optimistic. Continue reading

I Pledge Allegiance — No, This Is Not the Same Post

image from ugo.com

image from ugo.com

Two days after my last post, the daily prompt is “I Pledge Allegiance“. Very funny. The question for the prompt is, “Are you patriotic, and what does patriotism mean to you”.

Well, let me tell you…

I’m Dutch, Too!

Time for one of my pet peeves.

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Wil-who-mus?

When I was in school, it seemed that only private religious schools made the kids learn the Dutch national anthem. The rest of us  never learned, and so we didn’t get much further than the first two lines, and nobody cared.

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Red, White and Blue Fatigue

Maybe the biggest difference between the Dutch and the Americans is the American need for patriotic display. The only time the Dutch wave the national flag or play the national anthem (instrumentally–most people don’t know the lyrics past the first three lines) is during an international soccer game. Here in America you can’t turn your head without seeing some form of the red-white-and-blue spirit.

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