"We make our vision, and hold it ready for any amendment that experience suggests. It is not a
fixed picture, a row of shiny ideals which we can exhibit to mankind and say: Achieve these or
be damned. All we can do is to search the world as we find it, extricate the forces that seem to
move it, and surround them with criticism and suggestion.... Too far ahead there is nothing but
your dream; just behind, there is nothing but your memory. But in the unfolding present, man
can be creative if his vision is gathered from the promise of actual things."
Americans may love their country; they may resent anyone showing the least disrespect for the flag. They may judge other countries to be better or worse depending on how closely those nations approximate the American political system. AR the same, they regard their own politicians and government with a mixture of skepticism and scorn. In the United States, especially since Reagan, distrust of the government has virtually become a mark of the authentic patriot. To show some confidence in government may not yet be subversive, but it does raise suspicions.