You have to love your country like an adult loves somebody, not like a child loves its mommy. And right-wing Republicans tend to love America like a child loves its mommy, where everything Mommy does is okay. But adult love means you're not in denial, and you want the loved one to be the best they can be.
I think one of the biggest mistakes that America has made-and maybe the world because this is, sort of, the core of communism and socialism ? is that you can have perfect solutions to social problems like poverty, like crime. You?re not going to eliminate all crime. Maybe you?ll never eliminate all poverty.
I think it goes back to whether or not race and class - that is, race and poverty - is not becoming even more of a constraint. Because with the failing public schools, I worry that the way that my grandparents got out of poverty, the way that my parents became educated, is just not going to be there for a whole bunch of kids