I just got my brand new US passport and it is the most patriotic document I’ve ever held.
The inside cover shows a colonial sailor pointing towards the land, where Old Glory is proudly flying, and overlaid are the concluding lines of the national anthem, written in a font that recalls the quill pen:
O say does that star
spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave
The opposite page shows the national seal, overlaid with the flag, and at the top, in bold font, all-caps:
AND THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THE EARTH.
The document has a computer chip embedded somewhere within its thick cover, and the photo page is covered in a thin layer of microfilm that reflects multiple holograms.
Each subsequent page is filled with Americana: eagles, the Rocky mountains, fields of grain, the Liberty Bell, Mt Rushmore, bison, the Statue of Liberty. On the page where I fill in my emergency contact information, it is tough to write because the background image of cactii in the desert is so bold that it covers my address.
But the best part is the information packet that comes with it, pictured here. “The World is Yours.” I immediately thought of Nas (click the picture to hear). And ain’t it the truth? It’s easy to take it for granted, but not every person in this world can travel as freely as we Americans. God bless.