I think we can all agree this is an appropriate topic for this July 4th holiday. I was watching the Boston Pops on television tonight and getting that awesome patriotic feeling. I saw thousands waving the flag of the United States of America and it dawned on me that I can't tell if these people are democrats or republican...liberal or conservative. I'm sure both were well represented. I saw a little clip of men & women from the US Navy celebrating this special holiday and thought "hey, even people who join our armed forces are made up of democrats and republicans. The point I want to make clear here is that neither party has Patriotism on their side...they BOTH do. For some reason on this board there have been comments made that insinuate that democrats and liberals are not as patriotic as republicans and conservatives. That it is not patriotic to criticize this great country. Or that being contemptuous about "corporate America" is less patriotic than being pro-corporate America. I know this isn't true of all who are more conservative and I'm not trying to widen the gap that exists between the 2 philosophies we often debate amongst our members. Maybe republicans feel that liberals do the same thing to them...and maybe that is true also I would like to hear other's thoughts on this while keeping the respect we all deserve as American citizens. I believe that the difficult times we're facing and the stress it causes may make us want to blame the "other" side and lash out. But in difficult times Americans have always pulled together and made this country a better place to live.