I recently had occasion (June) to go to Canada, where my son was rowing in the Canadian Nationals. Felt very odd leaving, like a force was pulling at me. When we returned at the border crossing, I was damn near weeping for joy. It was odd.
It was then that I realized how deeply I love this madhouse country. Been thinking about it once in a while and about what it really means to be American.
Like at the end of 'Saving Private Ryan' where the Tom Hanks character says: "Earn this.", I think we all have an obligation to do exactly that -- earn this country.
I know I will.