Uncle Sam has got it tough these days. No matter what he does and no matter how hard he tries to do the right thing, he seems to end up ticking somebody off somewhere. And these days, it seems like there are just as many people here at home hatin’ on Uncle Sam as there are overseas. This is troubling. See, as far as uncles go, Sam’s the best — better than Uncle Kracker, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., Uncle John’s Band, and good ole Uncle Frank, who used to buy us beer and had the kindest kind bud this side of the Mississippi. We love Sam, even when he makes one bone-headed mistake after another. So here’s to you, Uncle Sam. If anybody deserves to have a grand ole Fourth of July, it’s you.
On the night of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, black activist Bill Saunders says he was sitting in the Progressive Club on Johns Island when a gunshot crashed through the window. The bullet missed, but the message stayed with him: He could die for the cause. — Paul Bowers
As you may or may not have learned in your American history classes — or, at the very least, by watching Mel Gibson in The Patriot — South Carolina played a big role in the American Revolution. — Susan Cohen
What's the precedent for naming neighborhoods in Charleston? In the Morrison Drive area, there's been an ongoing attempt (with resulting blowback) to name this part of town. Is there something historical that might be more appropriate than UP, NoMo, or the Creative Corridor, which have all been used in recent months? — Evan R. Thompson
America is not the place that we think it is. It's not the place we imagine it to be. America is at once a shining city on the hill and a superpower bully, a mean girl, a hypocritical father who says do as I say not as I do. — Chris Haire
It's a loaded word, patriotism. A patriot to one country is often a terrorist to another. Look at the original American patriots — to the British, they were just a bunch of criminal mixers, stirring up trouble in the New World. Patriotism is all about perspective. — Leah Rhyne
Tomorrow, most Americans will put aside their partisan differences to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. They will festoon themselves in flag-covered clothing, eat prodigious amounts of grilled food, purchase unnecessary merchandise because it is on "sale," and end the day by blowing things up (or, at least, watching fireworks). — Mat Catastrophe
Patriotism is as natural as a child's love for its mother. We all want to love the land of our birth, the land of our ancestors, the land that holds their bones. — Will Moredock