This is an extract of a recent reply to a post. I thought it merited its own! :)
. . . . we undoubtedly both see ourselves as “patriots” though all too often it seems there are certain types who use the term with a limiting, antiseptic-like application; in a manner that seems to simply want to preserve a “document” and hold on to an antiquated vision of society and social order. My “patriotism” seeks to passionately apply the document to include the vast diversity of today’s “body politic” and to then use the document to sustain and move forward into a new century an entire nation.