9 Things That Made Me Feel Patriotic AF This Year

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There’s a lot about 2017 that’s instilling feelings of shame in regular Americans. So much of what we love about this country seems to be directly threatened by the misogynistic, racist, xenophobic man a minority of voters chose to represent us.

And yet there have still been quite a few things that remind us what’s still at the core of the United States of America. Let’s not forget that just because a blowhard bigot is having his day in the sun.

Here are a few of the things that make me refuse to give up hope.

Every time Trump attacks the media

I suddenly understand the intense patriotism so many on the right feel when they erroneously think Democrats want to trample all over the Second Amendment. It’s how I feel when Trump shows an aggressive disdain for the First.

Reading about the record number of Democratic women running for office

This Hamilton Mixtape music video for “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”

The same goes for every time I listen to the album or the original Hamilton soundtrack.

Watching Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is my NASCAR.

Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents Dinner

Every time Elizabeth Warren speaks

Kamala Harris’ ultimate Take No Shit face

Every time Pete Souza posts on Instagram

Calling my representatives

It’s not just your right, it’s your duty. (5calls.org is a great resource!)

Happy Birthday, America. Remember, resistance is patriotic.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.