“America right or wrong” associated with the flag made it hard for me to stand behind it because I’m NOT “America right or wrong”.
Moderate civic nationalism is a good description and I agree – Merkel does it right. I don’t mind a little anarchy, a little yelling, and moderate civil disobedience. In a society, those things should be anticipated as normal.
I’m sure there were skirmishes. Get 15,000 people in one place and they’re going to bring their own issues with them.
But I expect punches thrown at these things, people arrested.
I don’t expect anybody to die at them or have serious injuries.
Nobody died. No serious injuries that I know of.
Can I have a moment of American Pride ? It’s so rare anymore. It’s been way too long for me, so long I barely remember when.