Gertrude Himmelfarb has a good piece celebrating patriotism (via Lincoln’s Lyceum Speech) on Washington’s birthday. Here is her start:
"We once had Founding Fathers.
Today we have the neutered
Founders. We once celebrated
Washington’s and Lincoln’s
birthdays. Today we celebrate the
anonymous Presidents’ Day. We
have lost a good deal in this
homogenization and dilution of our
language. We have lost not only a
vital part of our history but also a
way of honoring and transmitting that history."