Response to Paul Thomas Evans:

I can understand your sentiment.

Personally, I prefer evolution to revolution. I believe in trying to right the ship, before we sink the ship and hope for a new one. I believe the United States can find its soul.

The United States has been monstrous at times, virtuous at others. As an immigrant, I’m not yet prepared to stop loving it.

The saying “My country, right or wrong!” is a bastardized version of an imperfect sentiment (Stephen Decatur’s toast was “… may she always be in the right, and always successful, right or wrong.”)

I much prefer the Carl Schurz quote: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.

My grandparents fled Soviet Russia. My parents fled fascist Argentina. Finding the perfect nation is no easy task. An option is to take this country, flawed as it is, and do our best to reshape it into a better society.

Hugs,
Cassie

Activist. Public speaker. Writer. Community Organizer. Mom. Creator & Host, Empowered Trans Woman Summit. Managing Editor, EmpoweredTransWoman.com

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