I’m not always one for the Fourth of July but this year I’m really feeling it. We’re a messed-up country but we’re still young. Lately–in the last few weeks, even– the strides we’ve made have been amazing. So today I’m flying that USA flag high, the same way I insist on using the word “God” to refer to what some call “divine intelligence,” “the universe,” or “higher spirit.” Why do the frothing-at-the-mouth zealots get to corner the market on the language of faith and patriotism? God and country, all the way.