A very short thought but why do those of us in the US now have a department to secure our homeland? Maybe it's just me but I always seem to relate "homeland" to Nazi Germany. Surely that isn't the image that we want to evoke in others with that particular phrase, is it? Not to mention I'm not very certain that they've secured a lot, either. I know my private parts don't feel very secure when passing through one of their checkpoints.
I guess that language and words really do mean a lot; and not necessarily in the right way.
Perhaps we should say that we will defend our country or our nation to the best of our ability and leave the homeland to the past?