we are america, all of us

Walter Dean Myers, a poet, and his son, Christopher Myers, an artist who did the illustrations,  just published a children’s book called “We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart.”

I’m not one for patriotic books, and maybe what Mr. Myers (Senior) said in a recent interview, is why. I love my country and I am proud of it, but perhaps in a very different way than those toothless haters in Murfreesboro. Anyway, in his words:

We have a constant struggle in America. The people who want to achieve power will often address that achievement as patriotism. It’s no coincidence that the people who portrayed themselves as the most patriotic are also the ones with the most guns–with the most threats, either veiled or unveiled. The build to power is so great, so fantastic, but what these people are doing is they are saying, “Well, this power is not just me, it’s my love of country.” When you go into the history of the country and who stood up for the country, who fought for the country, who worked for the country, it’s never these people. It’s always small people who saw a sense of duty and did it.

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