Patriotism. I just got back from my little town's 4th of July parade - it's not much, fire trucks, baseball teams, a couple of churches, PFLAG, enviros, tractors, classic cars, etc. But the most notable thing in my observation was that practically nobody stood when the local military color guard went by. Make of it what you will.

On Saturdays, we get a program on the local public radio station called The Thomas Jefferson Hour with historian Clay Jenkinson playing TJ in present day interviews. It's very good. A line from the last show really struck me. Jefferson was talking about opening the White House to the public twice a year during his presidency, one day being the 4th. He said he didn't mingle freely with the crowd because of the importance of "preserving the dignity of the office". I thought, "Well, so much for that..."
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