Say it ain't so
Men's Health survey shows Houston to be unpatriotic, but to whom?
Houston was low on the list of Men's Health Magazine's 100 most patriotic cities — 89th out of 100 to be exact. Which hits a little harder on this Fourth of July weekend.
In fact, the highest Texas city on the patriotic scale was Austin, ranked 21st, trailed by Dallas at a low 60th. (For some perspective: Portland, Oreg. ranked first and Kansas City, Mo., was third.) I've spent some heavy duty time in KC, and can vouch for their stars and stripes. Despite their habit of swapping "home of the Chiefs" for "home of the brave" in the national anthem (is that akin to blasphemy?) those Midwesterners are pretty Amerikin.
The Men's Health survey is determined by a formula that includes the percentage of registered voters who actually turned out to vote in state and federal elections from 2004 to 2008, the percentage of a city's residents who volunteer and flags and fireworks sales.
I think I know what our problem is here. It depends on your definition of "patriotic." I'd say that Texas is the most nationalistic state in the Union — after all, Lone Star is called the national beer of Texas, a country all its own.
It's not that we don't love America, we just love ourselves more.