“An Informed Patriotism is What We Want.”

December 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm (By Amba)

H/T:  L.A. Times Top of the Ticket.


  1. Peter Hoh said,

    So the 69,456,897 Americans who voted for Obama in the last election are unpatriotic?

  2. amba12 said,

    The heading at the top of the video is unfortunate, I think. It came with the video. It is neither mine nor, of course, Reagan’s. I should have specified, and will do so.

  3. Peter Hoh said,

    Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?

  4. amba12 said,

    I think I take your point.

  5. amba12 said,

    There we go.

  6. Peter Hoh said,

    That’s better.

  7. Peter Hoh said,

    I’m afraid that comment looks a little stark. I should have added a thank you. I appreciate your taking the step of getting a different copy of the video. My first comment — and the subsequent comments — no longer make sense. Delete them all if you’d like.

    Thanks again.

  8. amba12 said,

    (In explanation, the original video I posted had an anti-Obama header, which I thought had been added by the source I got the video from and thought would come off when I posted it. Had to rush off and did not stay to see. So I found a version w/o the header. I am not getting on the seesaw, not on either end of it.)

  9. david said,

    Well, thanks to this video, I now know who Jimmy Doolittle is and that “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” isn’t just a movie. I probably should’ve known those references before, but, well . . . I didn’t. Guess that just goes to prove Regan’s point.

  10. reader_iam said,

    It is wonderful to see this again, and quite prescient.

    Though I was not older than 35 when Reagan gave this speech, I did steep in that sense of patriotism in my growing-up years, and it stood me in good stead even as time went on and we moved to an area less, shall we say, unabashed in its appreciation of the fragility of the American experiment. And for me, it was no problem to merge that patriotism with a questioning mind, unafraid to question political authority or criticize the U.S. when it did wrong, yet still respectful of its core value.

    I have raised and will continue to raise my child–however anachronistically–the same way (on both counts). Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to matter very much.

    Sometimes the tides are too powerful, and what’s swept away simply never comes back. And that, in a nutshell, is my view of where we have come to be.

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