I have always seen myself as patriotic. Even back when I protested about the Vietnam War, I labeled myself patriotic. I cry when I hear the national anthem. I cringe when I see flags on display that are worn and tattered. I support our troops, no matter what I think about the war. I believe in Mom, Apple Pie and the American Dream. I love what are touted as American Ideals of being honest, hard working, persistent. I also eat lots of fast food, watch way too much TV, and spend more than I should—gotta love those credit cards! I speak only English; oh sure, I know a little Spanish but that’s almost by accident. There is no way I could be deemed bilingual.
Doesn’t all that prove I am truly American? Until today I would’ve thought so. Brace yourself: I am not watching the Super Bowl! The other day on one of those silly entertainment news shows (now there’s an oxymoron!) one of the hosts was aghast at someone not watching the Super Bowl, not even to see the half-time show and the commercials. She really thought the person was a big fat liar: “How could you not watch the Super Bowl?”
At that point, I worried that maybe I was not as patriotic as I thought. After all, here are some things I must admit to:
- I do not watch Jersey Shore or other so-called reality shows, except accidentally.
- That includes the fact that I do not watch American Idol or So You Think I Can Dance, which further includes—of course—not phoning in votes.
- I have a cell phone, but I do not text or download apps, nor do I tweet.
- I do not play “Angry Birds” or “Words with Friends.”
- I do not own a iPhone, iPad, or anything like an X-box. I do not even have a DVR.
- I do not automatically believe what I hear on the news, especially Fox News.
- As I have already said, I am not watching the Super Bowl; instead I am blogging, reading, even writing some bills and thinking about cooking.
Do you see what I mean? If I keep this list going, I could pretty quickly label myself as definitely not a stereotypical American. But then, I guess that is not the same as being unpatriotic, is it? So I ask you, are you patriotic? What do you do that demonstrates that? Or, if not watching the Super Bowl today, what are you doing?