Five Things That Will Actually Make Our Kids More Patriotic

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3. A New National Anthem

It's not that "The Star Spangled Banner" is a bad song, it's just that it's not a great anthem. Sure, we all get chills sometimes when a particular good singer/guitarist/French horn player nails "and the land of the free," but other than that it's just kind of a slog and doesn't really get the blood pumping. An anthem should be epic, it should make you want to tear down walls with your bare hands, kick a Hummer over, and knock back six beers without coming up for air. America deserves something a little more kick ass and little less dusty for its Olympic championship music, don't you think?

2. We Could Actually Be Exceptional

Here's a crazy idea: maybe if we do awesome things as America, people will be proud to be American, and then we won't have to worry about outdated rituals to instill patriotism in our kids. It's about time we stop resting on our past greatness and start making some of our own. Rather than argue about why Obamacare is or isn't the worst thing to ever happen, we work together to create a healthcare system that takes care of everyone the way the most powerful country in the world should be able to. Maybe we start making sure that all of our citizens, no matter what their background, have places to stay and things to eat. Maybe we make sure they everyone gets paid the same for an equal days work, have agency over their own bodies and be able to walk down the street without being physically or verbally harassed. Let's go explore Mars, and then further beyond that, and then further beyond that. That would be something to be proud of.

Failing that...

1. Just Have Them Watch Rocky IV, Independence Day and Mighty Ducks 2 Regularly

It's really not that much different than saying the pledge, and how can you not think America is just the best thing ever after watching any of these. Dare it say it, but if you don't love these movies, well... you may not be American at all.

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No one should stand for nor chant the Pledge of Allegiance because it was the origin of the German National Socialist salute and of that type of bad behavior (see the discoveries of the historian Dr. Rex Curry). The early pledge began with a military salute that was then extended outward to point at the flag (thus the stiff-arm gesture came from the pledge and from the military salute). It was not an ancient Roman salute (that is a debunked myth). The pledge was written in 1892 for kindergartners to be forced to recite under the flag at government schools (socialist schools). The pledge was written by an American socialist who influenced other socialists worldwide, including German socialists, who used the gesture under their flag's notorious symbol (their symbol was used to represent crossed "S" letters for their "socialist" dogma -another of Dr. Curry's discoveries). The pledge continues to be the origin of similar behavior even though the gesture was changed to hide the pledge's putrid past. The pledge is central to the US's police state and its continued growth.

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