Dear Fellow Earthling,
Today is Flag Day, a day when we embrace our American heritage and salute the accomplishments of our forefathers. I think this is an appropriate time to begin a discussion of what it means to be a patriot in America today. For too long, our political leaders have wrapped themselves in the flag as a way to evade criticism and attack dissent. It's time we, as Progressive Patriots, celebrate the idea that love for your country means honoring the freedoms for which our founders fought, it means taking responsibility for improving our country, and it should always mean standing up to those who would weaken us.
I am a Progressive Patriot because I believe we can, and must, fight the terrorist threat while also protecting the freedoms that make us Americans. It's important to remember The Bill of Rights and the Constitution were not repealed on 9/11.
I am a Progressive Patriot because I believe that our health care crisis can not be solved with marginal ideas like health savings accounts. I believe all Americans should have a guarantee of access to quality, affordable health care.
I am a Progressive Patriot because I believe Democrats are the true fiscal conservatives who have demonstrated the ability to be responsible caretakers of public funds.
I am a Progressive Patriot because I believe that we need an "Apollo" style commitment to reducing our reliance on foreign oil and developing alternative energy sources.
Over the next few weeks, I hope you will join me in demonstrating what it means to be a Progressive Patriot. Next week we will launch our fifth Pick a Progressive Patriot online voting event, this time focusing on some of the excellent Democratic candidates for Governor across the country. Please make sure to share with me which candidate you think most deserves to be named the next Progressive Patriot.
Thank you again for all of your support.
P.S. Please forward this email to your friends and family, and help us to further grow the ranks of Progressive Patriots across the country.
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