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On Flag Day – The Best Things About the Good-Ol’ U.S.A.

On Flag Day, and especially after I sort of bad-mouthed the flag wavers last week, I think it might be a good idea to list some of the things I do love, so much, about my country – the United States of America.

I love the mountains,

the rivers,

the fields,

the deserts,

the beach,

the wildlife,

the pets,

the people,

the ideas,

the scholarly thinking,

the enginuity,

the literature,

the art,

the music,

and, of course…

the flag.

I came up with this list in about 3 minutes. I’m sure I left some great stuff out.

What don’t I love? War, intolerance, senseless killing, police brutality, greed, materialism, and so on and so forth. The United States is certainly not the only place to find these things, and probably not even the worst in most of these categories. But we should strive for more of the good stuff and less of the bad. That seems like a sensible idea, doesn’t it?

-Tom Rossi


Tom Rossi is a commentator on politics and social issues. He is a Ph.D. student in International Sustainable Development, concentrating in natural resource and economic policy. Tom greatly enjoys a hearty debate, especially over a hearty pint of Guinness.

Tom also posts on thrustblog.blogspot.com


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4 thoughts on “On Flag Day – The Best Things About the Good-Ol’ U.S.A.

  1. Rhonda on said:

    I find the last picture offensive and quite disrespectful of women. I strongly believe that this picture is sexist and has no place in this blog – unless you are also including a man showing similar amounts of skin. I am very disappointed. – RhondaJo Boomington

  2. Tom Rossi on said:

    RhondaJo, I’ve been on vacation and wasn’t able to reply to your comment. While I respect your opinion, I’m really disappointed that you, as a stand-up comic, either didn’t get the gag, or felt that the gag was overridden by the offense. Do none of your jokes offend anyone? I’m curious. Anyway, this subject, sexism, is worthy of a lot more dialog than can be presented here. I’ll do a whole post on it soon.
    -Tom Rossi

    • Hi Tom

      I am glad that the picture in question has been removed.

      I made comments regarding sexism on your post about feminism and don’t feel a need to say anything more.

      As for my performances, yes, I am funny. But my greater goal is creating more understanding for all of our differences.

      Since I believe the effects of sexism, racism, homophobia and discrimination are harmful – those elements are not part of my performances.

      RhondaJo Boomington at rhondajoboomington@yahoo.com

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