What is criticism? The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition of 2000 defines criticism among other things as “a critical comment or judgment.”
A critical judgment is what has been missing in the United States of American for a long, long time. If people would have been more critical the image of our country would not be in shame.
And by saying that “for the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because people are hungry for change” Michelle Obama did not say that she is unpatriotic rather she is saying that there have been many occasions where she as American has not felt as proud as she is feeling now.
To interpret her commands as being unpatriotic strengthens the sentiment of theses people who are only responding in their typical, superficial and uncritical way or of these people who over analyze everything. At the same time, however, these people are overlooking the real meaning of Michelle Obama's words.
I wounder how many other Americans feel similar to Michelle Obama?
How many are full of hope that politics may change and the voice of the people is being heard and have meaning again?
If people would have been more critical of the Bush Government, we would not be in a war in Iraq. The United States would not have such a high deficit. And the United States would enjoy the respect people have been waiting for in anticipation for the last 8 years.