When President Barack Obama took to the stage to announce Osama Bin Laden's death, the world was once again reminded of the days just after 9/11 when then-President Bush turned to patriotism to unite a grief-stricken nation.
Back then, while stores across the USA put in extra orders for sold-out American flags, the nation tried to make sense of why anyone would hate America as much as the President said they did. What followed in the months and years after, was a division amongst Americans -- a division between those who felt comfort in patriotism and those who worried about its dangers. Richard Rodriguez is a writer and journalist who is an editor with New America Media, he spoke with New America Now Host Shirin Sadeghi about what it means to be patriotic.
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