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In the Los Angeles Women’s March, a lot of people carried signs, and good for them. I carried an American flag — and I wasn’t the only one.

I carried a flag because standing up for American women and other Americans is patriotic.

I carried a flag because protest is patriotic, an American tradition running (and marching) from the Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment to this day.

I carried a flag to show that conservatives aren’t the only ones who love their country. (During the march, I chatted with an Episcopal priest who had come all the way from Ventura, more than an hour’s drive away, to join in. We talked about how people of all political stripes support values like patriotism and faith.)

And I carried a flag because I love the ideals for which my country stands. I hope that it always lives up to them.