We, the People, own the symbols of our national government; the party in power does not. It’s possible to have enormous pride in our country and history and still be ashamed of some of the current tenants in our landmark buildings.
As we celebrate our nation, we must not allow its core principles—independence, freedom, and justice—to become desecrated by bigotry and hatred. True patriots from Patrick Henry to Martin Luther King Jr. have always embraced difference and dissent.
Fiona Apple has a reputation as a maverick. She won a Grammy for her 1997 hit “Criminal,” yet that same year proclaimed “This world is bullshit” to the record industry at MTV’s Video Music Awards. More recently, she sparked controversy when her album-in-progress was leaked on the Internet, sparking rumors of label squabbles. We caught up with the very down-to-earth Apple just before the start of her summer tour promoting Extraordinary Machine.