January 4, 2009

OF COURSE, IF YOU'RE ONLY "LOYAL" WHEN YOUR PREFERENCE PREVAILS...:

Something new brews in Berkeley: patriotic pride : Left wing looks to Obama (Sasha Issenberg, January 4, 2009, Boston Globe)

The hundreds who massed at the University of California on election night responded to Barack Obama's victory by heading off on a route that has been for a generation the sacred way for the activist left: out the campus gates, through Sproul Plaza, and down Telegraph Avenue toward People's Park.

By the time they arrived at the intersection of Telegraph and Durant avenues, where a tie-dyed vendor occupies one corner, it became clear they did not come to challenge the system now preparing to consecrate a new regime in Washington. At one point, a man scaled a lamppost and unfurled the Stars and Stripes. The crowd broke out in the national anthem.

"People finally felt like our generation had reclaimed patriotism," said Haley Fagan, 24, a Berkeley paralegal who got stuck in a car trying to cross the street as the crowd surged. "It was a moment that we felt comfortable with it."

After generations of finding their voice in dissidence, some on America's left wing are adjusting not only to a new, postelection comfort with patriotic symbols, but the political reality they represent. Believing in Obama after inauguration day will mean identifying with the machinery of American power.


...it is yourself you love, not your country. But at least a pale imitation of patriotism may shut them up for awhile...until the U.R.--like Carter, LBJ, JFK, & Truman--before him lets them down.

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