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Proud to be American

Filed under: General June 29, 2004 @ 12:53 pm

This week is giving me back a much-needed amount of faith in the American system.

Fahrenheit 9/11 is out in many, many theaters. I’ve got issues with Moore, especially with the way he presented “facts” in “Bowling for Columbine.” I’m sure many people out there have much bigger issues with him. Whatever one’s political beliefs, think about this: in this country, given a receptive audience, one man’s intense criticism of the administration can be spread widely. This is a triumph of both the American system – freedom of expression – and the American attitude – genuinely challenging one’s leaders . Some countries have the system, some have the attitude, but not many have both.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court clearly confirmed existing limits on the President’s powers. Even when we’re at war, every citizen (and even non-citizen) has the right to defend himself against the US government in court.

The American system doesn’t guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong. But in the wake of 9/11, the checks and balances of our system, and the ability of the press to seek out and publish various versions of the truth are still alive. Things can go wrong, but the system eventually adjusts and compensates.

And that’s something to be proud of.

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