It is mandatory in my home that everyone stand and place their right hand over their heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. (Must be why BO has never visited us during a football game). Yep, I’m a Patriotic American, and proud of it. I vote, in spite of all the naysayers who tell me my vote doesn’t matter. My right to vote mattered to a lot of men an women who died for it. When I hear the Star Spangled Banner I get tears in my eyes. And I always stand for the pledge. So, yeah, it matters. Here is a cartoon that I think sums it up beautifully.