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A creeping sense that America’s essential values and stature are becoming muted on the global stage has produced some conflicted feelings. It’s complicated. And it gets even more so when President Obama advises Republicans to practice “economic patriotism” and pass his favorite policy initiatives. Yeah, well. The motto is catchy but confusing, given that most in the Grand Old Party are seeking to return to fiscal conservatism.

But moving right along, two Rasmussen Reports polls released Thursday reveal that 86 percent of Americans say they are proud to be, well, Americans. Hurray. But a sister survey found that 46 percent now agree that the nation offers “liberty and justice for all,” the closing line of the Pledge of Allegiance, while 45 percent disagree altogether with the statement.

Yes, it’s complicated.

“Political leaders do not define America. They are merely the guides who try to bring the nation closer to the true intent of the Founding Fathers,” notes a stern op-ed in the Concord Monitor, a New Hampshire newspaper.

In the meantime, we can dwell on one of those Founding Fathers to reflect, perhaps, a very stable aspect of the nation’s character. “Put none but Americans on guard tonight,” George Washington told his officers, this on April 30, 1777.

FOXIFIED

Some unapologetically patriotic TV coverage to consider as the barbecue is readied and the guests arrive Friday: live, special coverage on Fox News showcases how Americans are “honoring their country” on Independence Day.

On the schedule: Ohio’s “Americana Festival” during the morning hours, plus “Proud To Be an American” at high noon. The network notes that top daytime and prime-time hosts, anchors and correspondents will also share reflections on why they are proud to be American.

Megyn Kelly devotes an hour to Dinesh D’Souza’s political documentary “America: Imagine the World Without Her.” Fireworks of a different variety could be included. Ms. Kelly will discuss and debate patriotic values with Mr. D’Souza and former member of the Weather Underground Bill Ayers.

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POLL DU JOUR

72 percent of U.S. voters say it’s likely that Islamic militants will attempt a terrorist attack on the U.S. if they take over Iraq; 85 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents agree.

63 percent of voters overall oppose sending ground troops to Iraq; 56 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents agree.

61 percent overall say going to war with Iraq in 2003 was the “wrong thing” to do; 37 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents agree.

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