The recent celebration of Independence Day and the death of western movie hero Roy Rogers put me in the mood to wax philosophical on the subject of patriotism and integrity.
My soapbox zeal was further fueled by a recent Matt Friedeman radio program that questioned whether our country has become more or less patriotic.
Friedeman defined patriotism as love of country so strong that one would willingly die in defense of the principles that define that country. While Matt and I do not always agree on everything, I accept his definition for purposes of this column.
First, a little credentialing. I am happily in process of tracing my genealogy back through the years. I won