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The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On

Surveys show most of us believe in God, are OK with birth control

(Newser) - What can nine out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much. That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup, and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90% agreement, or... More »

Hong Kong Scraps Pro-China 'Brainwashing' Class

Protesters oppose new education plan

(Newser) - Looks like pro-China "indoctrination" classes have been canceled. After thousands protested in Hong Kong yesterday over a plan to make students learn Chinese patriotism, officials on the semi-independent island scrapped the idea, the Washington Post reports. Many worried that Beijing wanted Hong Kong students to support China's Communist... More »

When Did ‘USA!’ Chant Start?

Probably not when you thought it did

(Newser) - Throngs gathered outside the White House on Sunday night to chant, "USA! USA!" after news of Osama bin Laden's death broke. When did that patriotic tradition get started? In Slate 's Explainer column, Brian Palmer notes that the popular story—that it began during the 1980... More »

Tea Partiers Get Ugly With Ebert

'Patriotism' devolves into cancer jibes

(Newser) - Roger Ebert has become the target of acid-tongued Tea Partiers since the movie critic criticized a group of California high schoolers who wore American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo. Ebert tweeted that the kids "should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and... More »

America: Laziest Country on Earth

List crunches numbers in anti-Olympics

(Newser) - Let the Olympics rate each country’s elite athletes; the Daily Beast wanted to know which country had the laziest general populace. So they pitted 24 developed nations against each other in four statistical categories: calories consumed per day, television viewing, Internet usage, and aversion to sports. The “winners”... More »

Obama-Bashing Is Manchurian Candidate Crap

Claims he has an anti-US agenda go well beyond Bush-loathing

(Newser) - Liberals questioned George W Bush's legitimacy and wanted him to fail, writes Michael Tomasky, so what's the difference between those Bush haters and the birthers, teabaggers, and "paranoid" “committed conservatives” who Tomasky writes are way “off the continuum” of political debate over Barack Obama’s presidency? No... More »

Booted for Unpatriotic Bathroom Trip, Yanks Fan Sues

Suit alleges cops chucked man from stadium for God Bless America trip

(Newser) - A fan manhandled out of Yankee Stadium for trying to go to the restroom while God Bless America played is suing the NYPD, the Yankees, and the city, Gawker reports. Bradford Campeau-Laurion—whose suit is backed by the New York Civil Liberties Union—charges that two cops, believed to be... More »

Noonan: Don't Panic, We're Still America

From Madoff to Detroit, people feel it's all collapsing, and they're wrong

(Newser) - From Bernard Madoff to Rod Blagojevich, Americans have lost faith in the people running things. “It’s the age of the empty suit,” one of Peggy Noonan’s friends mused recently. Our institutions have proven impotent and absent, and now “people feel all trends lead downward from... More »

Palin Sorry for 'Pro-America' Remark

Candidate says sorry for misunderstanding; discusses what she'd do as VP

(Newser) - Sarah Palin apologized last night for any misunderstandings created by her remarks about "pro-America areas of this great nation." The candidate told a CNN interviewer she hadn't meant to imply that parts of the country are unpatriotic. "If that's the way it came across, I apologize,"... More »

When Did Patriots Stop Paying Taxes?

Palin dead wrong; now is time for US taxpayer to step up: Friedman

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is really asking for it, writes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times, when she blithely criticizes paying taxes as unpatriotic—especially when Uncle Sam needs the cash to pay for wars and a bailout that she supports. Does Palin "think borrowing money from China is more... More »

Obama on Warpath Pleases, Worries Pundits

It was the right speech ... the speech Dem had to give ... a mashup of speeches ...

(Newser) - The chattering class saw strength—even Rovian aggression—in Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, for better or worse. A sampling of what observers are saying:
  • The Democratic nominee managed to be about voters, not himself, magnificently deflecting John McCain’s entire “celebrity” narrative, Michael Tomasky writes in the Guardian.
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New McCain Attack: Obama Wants to Lose War

Republicans say Dem is serving own purposes

(Newser) - John McCain’s inner circle tried a new line of attack against Barack Obama today, charging that the presumptive Democratic nominee and his entire party want to lose the Iraq war to serve their own political purposes. Said McCain’s top foreign policy hand, “Senator Obama seems to think... More »

Real Patriots Criticize the Government

American ideals more important than scare of the minute

(Newser) - Patriotism is the word of the day, but what does it mean? For Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it means fighting for your country’s ideals. "I believe I'm lucky to be an American because our founding document embraces the revolutionary idea that any citizen should be able... More »

Black, Red, White & Blue

Obama's patriotism questioned at historic moment

(Newser) - For black Americans, patriotism is a complex sentiment, but "complicated relationships tend to be the deepest and strongest," writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post. Barack Obama’s candidacy shows how far we've come, but "it is not common, in my experience, for sitting US senators to... More »

Say, That Star-Spangled Banner Is Huge!

Gigantic flags greet sports fans nationwide

(Newser) - A decades-old trend for field-sized Stars and Stripes at sporting events shows no signs of flagging, writes the New York Times. A flag big enough for the Statue of Liberty to wear as a cape will cover Yankee Stadium's turf before the upcoming all-star game—and the giant 150-foot banner... More »

Patriotism Is Latest Plank in Balancing Act

Dem is battle-tested, yet he still needs to define himself in many voters' eyes

(Newser) - Barack Obama is still doing battle to define himself, with his patriotism the latest thrust, Dan Balz writes in the Washington Post. But as he wrapped himself in the flag yesterday, Obama was revealed as both “stronger and weaker” than earlier in the year—stronger because he’s battle-hardened,... More »

Obama Rejects Clark's Remark About McCain

In patriotism speech, Dem says no to devaluing service

(Newser) - Barack Obama today rejected surrogate Wesley Clark’s suggestion that being shot down in Vietnam didn’t qualify John McCain for the presidency, the LA Times reports. A rep said Obama “honors and respects” McCain’s service. In a speech in Independence, Mo., Obama said: “Patriotism is supporting... More »

2 Candidates, 2 Americas: Old Values vs. New

McCain represents tradition that's changing

(Newser) - It's not just youth vs. age, Peggy Noonan writes of the general election contest that began in earnest this week, it's a battle of the Old America vs. the New America—"between the thing we were, and the thing we have been becoming for 40 years or so."... More »

Get Back to the 'One Nation,' Barack

Candidate lost message of patriotism, unity in wooing white working class

(Newser) - Give us our “one nation” Obama back, the New Republic editors demand: Barack has been "sapping the charisma from his campaign” to chase down the white working class, and now that Clinton is (all but) gone, it’s time to pivot back to pure patriotism. Trumpeting national unity... More »

Let's Stick This Pin on the Constitution

If it's that big a deal, then make patriotic lapel pin the 28th Amendment

(Newser) - If flag pins are so very important, it ought to be illegal not to wear one, Roland Martin writes on CNN. The obvious root of all our nation’s problems stops with Amendment 28: Elected officials must wear flag lapel pins. Heck, why stop at pins? Shouldn’t the candidates... More »

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