I really, really have to parse exactly why it is that I won't get American citizenship, she said, the thought having been sparked - as it is always - by standing respectfully at attention and not saying the Pledge of Allegiance near the beginning of one of the many meetings I cover.
Twenty-five years, and I still see, or imagine I see, the eyes of meeting attendees wondering why the unpatriotic leftist reporter scum hasn't got her hand on her heart. That's one part normal personal guilt and paranoia, and another part my razorlike reportorial acuity at work. (Notice I don't assign percentages. That way I have plausible deniability on the entire theory.)
And that starts me wanting to scream at the top of my voice, "For the love of all that's holy, folks, I'm not a terrorist because I don't say the Pledge. I'm not even letting the terrorists win because I don't say the Pledge!
(More to follow, undoubtedly...)