It's A Jumble Out There

America is a sweet land of confusion. We should be proud of that

Since this is the week of our 223rd national birthday, celebration is called for, and I'd like to celebrate...us. It's fun to catalog the lovable stuff about Americans, especially since we have no shortage of public scolds telling us our morals have gone to hell, our families are falling apart, our kids are spoiled rotten, our government can't do anything right, and we are, in short, the sorriest bunch of decadents since the palmy days of the late Roman Empire.

Actually, I think Americans, on the whole, are amazingly nice and often funny too. Personally, I like us a lot. Our...

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