And by the way, "patriotism" - if that is to be defined as loyalty to the core spirit of a nation - would, in my view, meaning being fully willing to work for helping all people achieve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As we have seen, a great many people who are willing to wave flags, pledge allegiance, even pick up a gun and shoot enemies in other lands, are NOT willing to change things they do in their daily lives. They are not willing to do the things that have impact to sustain the core American spirit, the one that creates freedom rather than sitting on the backs of the "Founding Fathers." They are not willing to vote. They are not willing to speak out. They are not willing to "get involved" with their neighbors. They wait to see what others will do. They are followers. They are not defenders of America in its core spirit. Their patriotism is hollow. It is empty. It is almost treasonous. But since I am not one of them, I will not point fingers at them. I live, I act according to my conscience, I reach out to attempt to uplift, no matter whether I am the only one. No matter if it seems to "make no difference." Because I realize that the critical mass is one. Clearly, Tocqueville was right in his prophecies about what America would become. Yet, I believe there is hope.