Unlike their foolish descendants, the Founders knew that liberty and democracy and good government take far more than shallow patriotism.
Good government takes intellect, education, experience, curiosity, and a willingness to surround leadership with expert advice and support.
More than anything, it takes the cultivation of intelligence instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator.
Myths are important to a nation, but a firm appreciation of actual history serves a free people to far greater effect.
There is no virtue in ignorance.
And amateurs make for a lousy republic.
If you want a better nation, if you want better leaders, you have to be better citizens.