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Are You Proud To Be An American?

Thank God I'm an American blessed to live in this great country with a Constitution designed to protect my God given Rights. People often complain about their country here but I stand by the best country in the world, my country, America.

Some outsiders have tried to label Libertarians as people who hate their country but that couldn't be farther from the truth in my case. I love this country; Who else loves their country?

Are you proud to be an American?

EDIT: I found good insight in this quote,

"The patriot says, 'I love my country,' works for its good, and defends it if necessary – against enemies within and without. He strives and prays not primarily that God will bless his country, but that his country will bless God. The nationalist, meanwhile, says, 'My country is better than yours.' 'My country is the greatest there has ever been.' 'The greatest nation on God’s green earth.' 'They hate my country because it is so good.' -- Historian John J. Dwyer"

http://the-classic-liberal.com/love-country-fear-government/



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NO.

I haven't fallen for that rubbish since 1990.

tasmlab's picture

What is America?

Is it the group of people? The real estate? It's history? It's actions? It's economy? The government?

If it is the arbitrary grouping of people based on a political barrier, then, no I'm not proud to be American.

Is being an American some special achievement? I just happened to be born here. So, no, that doesn't make me proud.

Is it the government? After all, the term 'America' is defined politically and for geography. The government doesn't make me proud, in fact, it's quite shameful in all sorts of terrible ways.

So I'm not proud to be an American. But then I don't get why anyone should be all that proud to be from any country, especially given how few people actually choose it and how powerless we are to change it.

Plus, doesn't 'pride of a nationality' just stink of jingoistic, public-school style government buy-in just to create divisions and maybe harvest soldiers? Bleh.

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We aren't powerless to changed it

While I admit that I too feel powerless at times, I have come to realize the potential I have inside me to promote change and wake people up.

I'm proud to live in this great country, the worlds last chance at liberty. I can see where you're coming from, but I am proud of my nationality despite the problems we face.

That's a great comment you wrote, thanks for sharing.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Hell. NO.

Nothing to be proud of that I can see.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

"Virginia is my

"Virginia is my country."
-Henry Lee

The Lees, like my family, crossed over in 1640, 130 years before "The United States of America" was founded, and 200 years before Lincoln forced mass centralization through war. America to me means endless murder, theft and control. It is an empty promise. It is what all empires throughout history have been: failure.

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Restore the Old Dominion!
Virginia reclaims Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Ouisconsin, Mackinack, and Michigan.
War with Connecticut over the Sandusky Strip?

dynamite anthrax supreme court white house tea party jihad
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I would be content with no

I would be content with no income tax and no monopoly on legal tender.

What is America?

The land where we were born- our homeland; our country; our fatherland.
Do we love our home?

The nation of people that have cooperated over many generations to ensure a basic level of peace and order. Do we love our families, neighbors and friends?

The system of government founded on the concepts of individual human worth based on a Creator, justice, private property, freedom, and limited government. Do we want to enjoy the fruits of our own work and live in peace and stability?

The super-power under the control of an immoral oligarchy that corrupts the old system and enforces it's own will on the entire world. Who wants slavery and deception?

A nation of people so lost that basic sense seems lost. Sad and in need of solid ideas.

Yet, when push comes to shove, united by basic convictions of justice and compassion; living together in an abundant land; bound by heart through many generations: standing on the land of their birth- this people, this land, and this country shines like no other.

I am proud to be an American.

tasmlab's picture

Just wrote the same heading

With different results. It was a coincidence of timing, I wasn't referring to your post.

Peace!

Currently consuming: Morehouse's "Better off free", FDR; Wii U; NEP Football

No.7's picture

Beautifully written comment, Thank you

"Yet, when push comes to shove, united by basic convictions of justice and compassion; living together in an abundant land; bound by heart through many generations: standing on the land of their birth- this people, this land, and this country shines like no other.

I am proud to be an American."

It's quite amazing to see isn't it. Thank you for sharing, that's what I like to see.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

ConstitutionHugger's picture

I'm humbled to be an American

I believe that America, as pathetic as it currently is, is the light of hope for freedom for the world. There are many shameful things about our country presently, but we're not as bad as some other places were citizens have fully accepted childlike dependence on government. In this country there is a large segment of the population that rejects such an idea. Why? Because we were once educated.

The same wicked people control our country and the rest of the world as well. The reason we are the hope for the world is that we were given the tree of liberty. While the tree is all but dead, the seeds lay all around waiting to germinate. People who's families have been here for generatoins have an ancestral memory of what true freedom is. The concept of freedom is also learned from history books. And while a watered down version is taught in schools, the idea is locked away in people's minds. Someday the seeds will grow and we can show the rest of the world how to be free by example. That is why this country is the hope of the world. That is why I'm humbled and honored to be an American.

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Well Said, I agree 100%

I also believe that, as you say, "the seeds lay all around waiting to germinate." We have the ability and opportunity to take back what the founders established for us. We are the hope of the world, and I'm happy to see another patriot who is proud to be an American. Thank you for sharing.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Northern by birth ...

Confederate by Choice

Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% fatality rate.
Don't Give me Liberty, I'll get up and get it myself!

Native Cascadian Copperhead...

..and Pupule Haole Kama'aina,
Current Commander of the Buckeye Brigades
for a Restored Dominion of Greater Virginia.

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======================================
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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/161155#longdescr

No I'm actually quite embarrased about it

and if I was ever in a foreign country I prob wouldn't going around advertising it.

Do the opposite.

Show by your example the true American. A personal meeting will do far more to solidify foreign opinions than the news reports and government actions. Which foreign country has citizens that agree perfectly with those who control their government? How many people in the world follow "the news" anyway? Most form their opinions from daily interactions.

That is the question of the decade...

I love my son. If he grows up to be murderous and bankrupt, I will still love my son. I gave 10 years of blind, proud, and honorable service to my country. 1 year of not so blind, not so proud, but still honorable service. Sure, I’m proud of the idea that is America. However, I’m more proud of the people on this blog, than I am of our Country, its people in general, their idleness, or their deeds. You will, no longer, catch me overseas, bragging about being MERKAN.

"We didn't start the fire. No, we didn't light it - but we tried to fight it."

((((((((((PAF))))))))

I think the poster Proud American First would point out his name as proof, so I'll do that for him since he's still sleeping. LOL

YES, I am PROUD the be an American with some exceptions that I hope by my efforts in the GOP rEVOLution, the exceptions will end.

I love my country

but loathe its leadership and policies.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Lucky? perhaps, but my POV

Lucky? perhaps, but my POV is admittedly biased/skewed.

Proud? no. I tend to save pride for, you know, things I've actually accomplished.

To answer your second question, yes, I hate america and tend to think that hating america is a requisite to being a libertarian. Do you hate the state? Would you push the button?

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Why hate the best country in the world?

Would you rather live somewhere else? I too despise the destruction of our rights and freedoms that we see these days but I'm still thankful and proud to be an American. While being American is no accomplishment, one can still be prideful about their home.

I try not to hate anything, and I certainly appreciate the State of Tennessee and what the Tennessee Volunteers who came before me have sacrificed for my freedom. I'm proud to come from the same state as Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett, Alvin C. York and so many others.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

"Would you rather live

"Would you rather live somewhere else?"

Id prefer the state didn't exist, yes.

If you're asking if theres a prison I'd rather live in that i think would make a better prison than the one im currently in, no, probably not. Comparably speaking, we're in a more mild prison where we only get raped once a week, not daily like in other places.

I'm proud to be...

an individual.

"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good."
Thomas Paine

Am I proud

to be an American? YES. Am I proud of our leadership and where we are right now? NO. Do I think being a great nation allows us to tell other countries how to live? Hell NO!

No matter what, I am still proud to be an American. I think we are constantly reminded of the worst our society has to offer when reading articles and watching the news. I think there are still a lot of great hardworking people out there who never have a moment to shine because there is nothing controversial about them. I also think that we CAN turn this thing around (which won't happen over night, or the next 5-10 years). I am still hopeful for the future of this country despite the dismal and depressing outlook we are constantly given with all of the war and corruption.

No.7's picture

That's what I like to hear

The idea that Libertarians hate America is silly to me. We are the ones who love America more than others and are more upset to see our founding principles being trampled on.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Depends on what yo mean by "American"

I have no particular pride in being born on a specific landmass carrying the name "America." I had no choice in the matter, so I have no cause for pride.

On the other hand, the ideal of individual freedom as a RIGHT, as enshrined in our Constitution by our Founders, is something that must be adopted, one person at a time. I am proud to have adopted the principles of the Founders and will be proud to promote those ideas, regardless of what immoral things the criminals in Washington do. They do not define me.

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We are very fortunate to be born on this land mass

but even more fortunate that our forefathers established this great nation with the radical ideas that all men are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights.

I just think people get too caught up in the bad sometimes to realize how good they have it.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

My people were born on this land mass and almost exterminated

by people coming to this great land mass. And they are proud.

Not at all.

I once was, but at this point, I am ready to give up. Everything that made this nation great is now ridiculed.
Pedophiles run this country, and even Ron Paul won't talk about it. What is there to be proud of?

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

No.7's picture

This is true, but we're still lucky to be Americans

in my opinion at least.

I doubt either of us would be allowed the freedom to speak out had we grown up somewhere less fortunate.

I'm proud that we are allowed to question the Government, criticize the Government, and work to find the truth. I'm thankful to live in a country where we have a Constitution to protect the Rights endowed to us by God.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson