Suspira…I am not picking on you, and I wholeheartedly agree with your post up until the last line. Here’s why:
Putting ones hand over ones heart does not necessarily mean, “support of the troops.” When I do it, I am acknowledging that I am aware that I am living in a country that aspires to freedom. In my mind I see the Statue of Liberty with her hand raised high–holding the light for all to enter her shores. This is the higher good–even though it is not lived up to presently.
I hear those words: “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation; conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” And I know…these words are not being lived up to presently.
My heart is breaking for this country–for the beautiful possibility that we could have shared. The idea of freedom, justice for all, liberty, democracy…these are ideals we aspire to.
Right from the beginning, our Nation was infiltrated by some horribly negative minds. War and violence “trickled down” to the populace, and we got what was begetted at the top.
My hand over my heart is for hope and love of the ideals many of us have in our hearts if only we can bring them to fruition.
Am I idealistic? Probably. But my heart is still mine–and doesn’t belong to “troops.”