My country-love it or leave it was an expression I heard a lot while growing up. My politics evolved in the south during desegregation, the Kennedy assassination, the MLK assassination, RFK assassination, and the shooting of George Wallace, and Vietnam. A lot was happening during those years. I also witnessed the Vietnam POWs arrive home after years of incarceration. One of those broken men who got off that plane was John McCain. I witnessed Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon on my TV screen. Much of what I grew up thinking gradually wore away.