Have you found that your sense of your own patriotism has felt...compromised? It's so easy to fall into that pit.
But I tell you: do not cave.
I was asked if I could, given our ongoing tip of the hat to fascism, celebrate our nation now.
I said, More than ever...must never allow any cynic's nihilism ownership of my patriotism.
Do not ever allow cynics to own yours.
Because you know the difference between a cynic and a skeptic: a skeptic questions nearly all she sees and hears because she thinks everything, good and evil, is always possible so a skeptic acts whenever possible to bring about Justice.
And yet a cynic believes that nothing good is ever really possible, that the fix is in, and, with unending noxious smirking calls his cynicism realism to fig-leaf sitting on his inert pecksniffian bum.
Be a skeptic.