Am I the only one that thinks it is strange to reference the USA as the "Homeland"?
Most citizens of the USA have never been to another country, but "Homeland" gives the perspective of being outside and looking back, or at least of having been outside the country and being engaged elsewhere. So it doesn't make much sense to use the term. Growing up in the USA I had always heard the word "national" used. We have the National League in baseball. We have the national government, national concerns, the national economy, national elections. I had never heard the word "homeland" used to reference the USA until George Bush's national administration created the "Homeland Security" agency. To me it has an odd ring, as though someone wants us to make a mental connection between our country and the "Fatherland" -- or the "Motherland"?