As anyone who knows me is aware, I don't really need a reason to be melancholy. But I have one today. In spite of its many defects, much too well known to need mentioning, I really love this country, and its future is very much in doubt. Those who refer to it as "the American experiment" are correct. One broad way of describing it is as a balance of Christian principles and Enlightenment skepticism. Now the Christian principles are under intense and so far pretty successful attack, and the skepticism has long since putrified. I don't think many of the sturdy empiricists who were the Founders would recognize much of what their heirs profess.
But there is still much to love here, and something to hope. This video is very sentimental, hokey even, but if you're an American and it fails to touch you at least a little, there's something amiss with you.
Some have proposed that "This Land Is Your Land" replace "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. I don't think I'd object.