Liberal Patriotism

Historian Michael Kazin has a nice piece in Sunday’s Washington Post about the way that the Obama victory has made patriotism a “liberal faith.” He writes:

Liberals are still getting comfortable with thinking of themselves as the upholders of civic virtue. And conservatives will certainly try their best to recapture that image, as last fall’s attacks on Obama as a European-style socialist demonstrated. But after decades in denial, progressives have finally realized that they cannot lead America if America does not hold a privileged place in their hearts. If Obama is as successful at running the country as he has been at recrafting the national story, his most fervent supporters might come to believe that a majority of their fellow citizens are also proud of them.

Obama, liberals, and civic humanism. I have written a bit about this here and here and was interviewed about it here.