Another barrier to progress has been the phenomenon of blind patriotism. When I was 17, I wrote a newspaper editorial titled America Love it or Leave it?” It was about the bumper stickers that you can still see today – usually on the bumper of a gas–guzzler, tellingly enough. Nationalism disturbed me then – almost 40 years ago – and it still bothers me today. Personally, I love America and Florida enough to do everything I can to help make them be the best and most beautiful places they can be. It is an effort that requires cooperation and each person doing their part.