Li ChengpengI am in the United States at the invitation of Columbia University.  I open the newspapers and read criticism of the government. I turn on TV and see people making fun of Obama. I go out and observe protests against taxes. It seems the country is on the edge of collapse. But I drive hundreds of miles and I notice lots of families flying American flags in front of their houses and learn they fly the flags without coercion from the government True patriotism means you curse the government without any fear; true stable governance means government remain calm when the height of public opinion is taken over by government critics. (Li Chengpeng is poplar microblogger in China. Posted Oct. 15, 2013)