(Closed) Why are you proud to be an American?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m not American, but I’m Canadian. I just had to chime in here and say how lucky you all are to have such amazing choice and freedom for all your shopping and service providers. We get bent over in Canada by our cell providers and having just been in Texas for two weeks talking to Americans I am sooooo jealous. Everything is so cheap in your country!!

Post # 4
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5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Pinkmoon:  Yeah we get completely screwed in Canada by cell phone companies.

I’m also jealous that you guys can pretty much have any product imaginable shipped from anywhere in your country to anywhere in your country overnight for so cheap! 

Post # 5
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6360 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m proud to be a human being and a citizen of this earth. There’s only one planet like this that we’ve ever found in the universe and it is pretty incredible. And humanity is pretty incredible.

 I actually can’t understand why I should be proud of my nationality, which I was born into by chance and is fundamentally just a demarcation of land, resources and influence by players much much more powerful than me. It seems a bizarre thing to identify myself by…to have my mental “in-group” and “out-group” based on. I’m nobody’s chattel… not my future husband’s, nor politicians’ either. But I do love humans, all humans, and I do love democracy.

I love what America does right but I hate what it does wrong… but I feel this way about every country, state, city, town, or clique of influence however demarcated, on earth.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I love our ability to come together in times of need, and our resiliency. I’ve recently been watching ” The Men Who Built America” on The History Channel, and the American imagination and ” dream” is unbelievable. As the spouse of a veteran, I love the fact that protection of the people is important, and that we have freedoms that others do not enjoy, all because of men and women who fight daily. I love the landscape, too! Seriously, America is a beautiful country! 

Post # 8
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11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m grateful for what came before me in this country. I’m grateful for the separation of powers, freedom of speech/press, and my right to vote. I’m not really “proud” of that because I didn’t do anything to earn it or create it. I am proud that I helped vote in Obama in 2008 and he pushed through Obamacare, which is amazing.  Other than that I can’t think of a ton to be proud of lately, I don’t like the overtly religious/hateful vibe that has grown over the last several years and it just makes me very sad about America and how we must be viewed by the rest of the world. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love ‘Merica, too! 

It truly is great.  We have so many freedoms that others dont.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

I love that I was born a woman into America, because of the freedoms I have here that I wouldn’t have in a large portion of the world. 

Post # 11
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have very mixed feelings about the USA, to be honest. Having traveled outside the USA extensively, I think we leave a lot to leave desired. My vote for “country that actually has its shit together”? New Zealand. It’s easy to have your shit together when you don’t have 300+ million people screaming and disagreeing with each other, though.

Post # 12
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8461 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I love that I can run my mouth about anything in this country and still no one is trying to kill me.  That being said, it’s definitely not the best country, but not the worst either.  All empires have their issues, this one is no different.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Freedom. And we have some beautiful landscapes. Other than that? Not too much. I’m a first generation American and Jewish with ties to Israel. I just never felt a strong sense of pride for America. Especially in recent years.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@housebee:  I love that I can run my mouth about anything in this country and still no one is trying to kill me.

This.  I just think its crazy how freedom of speech is limited in other places.

Post # 15
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1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Freedom, and the land of opportunity. My family immigrated and my parents got their American dream without any assistance; just worked hard and depended on themselves.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@hellobaby:  I live all the way up here in Michigan and we too have tons of people that were not born here, but came here from their home countries. I have never traveled the world but will say that I take it as a compliment that people are interested in this fine country and that they feel it is a place that they would want to live. 

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