The United States of America has been a blessing to our citizens and to the rest of the world for more than 200 years. Our founding principles have lifted millions out of poverty, guided us to outlaw slavery, empowered us to defeat the Nazi war machine, and inspired millions of men and women to risk their lives around the world to secure those liberties. Because of America’s legacy, the physical embodiment of our values represented in our flag, is proudly flown by freedom-loving people around the globe from Cuba to Hong Kong.
Why then is it so hard for our leaders — especially those representing this great country on the international stage — to proudly and unequivocally stand up for America’s greatness, or even its goodness? Why did Gwen Berry, the Olympic hammer thrower heading to Tokyo to represent the United States, turn her back on the flag during the national anthem? Why are some, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, standing with