In spite of everything I am proud to be an American.
In spite of the fact that I would not fit President Bush's definition, I am very much a patriot.
Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. I'm sure one reason I'm partial to it is that I was born and raised in Philadelphia.
Below is reminder of hope that we may need these days.
America isn't perfect, but for now, it's the best imperfection I know.
A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles are at stake,"
-- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Taylor, June 4, 1798.