It occurred to me today: once again I can be proud of my country. For a long time, I have been ashamed and often found myself saying “This is not the country I grew up in. This is not my America.” Torture, Katrina, spying on our own citizens, pre-emptive wars. I was unhappy with my country. Now I can feel proud again. I have not felt hopeful in such a long time, it is good to feel good about the United States again. Yes we can, America. Yes we can.