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Chuck Hinman: IJMA No. 364. Patriots and Patriotism

This is the second Chuck Hinman column today. This is an extraordinary column, even for Chuck Hinman. It was recommended both by his editor for CM, Robert Stone, Lebanon, TN, and by his good friend, George Kolbenschlag of Columbia, KY, who also sent it with a note, "I have struck up a correspondence with Chuck Hinman. I enjoy reading his stuff. Anyway, he sent me this one today and I'm forwarding it to you in case you have not seen it. I think it's appropriate for Independence Day."
Is Chuck Hinman your favorite Sunday with CM columnist, as many tell us? If so, we hope you'll drop him a line by email. Reader comments to CM are appreciated, as are emails directly to Mr. Hinman at: charles.hinman@sbcglobal.netThe next earlier Chuck Hinman column: Chuck Hinman. IJMA No. 018 - It's A Small World

By Chuck Hinman

Being an old codger, I have been a little overwhelmed at the compliments famed newscaster Tom Brokaw has paid to my generation. He writes as though we are some special breed, as though patriotism began within us. He labels us "The Greatest Generation"! It would be flattering if that were true but I must softly protest. I hope that the sincere display of patriotism by so many modern-day patriots is not an exclusive characteristic of my generation. Nor do I believe that it is.

My observation is that Patriotism is more often than not, contagious. It just takes a spark to ignite it in most of us!

Who, regardless of generation identification hasn't been moved to tears by an emotional rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at some event? Or, who can forget the lovable image of President and Mrs. Kennedy's little son, as he stiffly saluted the flag at his Daddy's funeral cortege?

Over the years, I have not been a Chicago Cubs' baseball fan. However, there are jillions of their fans in every baseball-loving city in the United States! And of course, the name of well-known sportscaster Harry Caray (now deceased) is synonymous with Chicago Cubs' baseball. The Cubs have been known and revered around the country for their unchanging mediocrity! The Cubs and their fans represent rank and file Americans far from being superstars like the Yankees and the Lakers but loyal and unbelievably lovable beyond measure!

When Harry Caray, or now son Skip, or grandson Chip, leads the Cubs faithful at the 7th inning stretch with a croaking rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game," everyone forgets the problems they brought to the game, or that their Cubs are 5 runs behind. They are uniformly and unabashedly proud just to be a common American, warts and all. Everyone and I mean everyone sings, smiles and sways to the music! It makes me want to be a Cubs fan. I love them and their typically American spirit.

And so it is with Patriotism, it just takes something as All-American as "mom, the flag, apple pie, and yes, a baseball game" to ignite and unite us all in a common cause that celebrates our thrill of being an American!

That's what Patriotism is all about.

God bless America, land that I love

Chuck Hinman

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