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What is your favorite thing about America?

With all the corruption that has come to light over the past several years its a good time to remind ourselves what makes America great. For me, it is our rights and charity. Whenever there are natural disasters, America is often the first on the scene. We bring aid and medical staff to helpless people. Americans are the most charitable people in the history of the world.

What is your favorite thing(s) about America?



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As I travel around South America...

The thing I miss most about the United States right now is the Right to BEAR ARMS.

The Second Amendment is a blessing and a Natural Right that must be protected at ALL COST.

I have been to what are dubbed as the "freest" countries in South America this summer; Chile and Colombia (Brazil next year). Chile is much more conducive to embracing a free market economy. Colombia is ironic... although there is no real free-market because of governmental fascism (like the U.S.), agorism is rampant at the local level. That is, people in Colombia are innately motivated to find alternative systems to the heavy hand of government (I predict Colombia will be the next big Bit Coin boom country after Argentina).

Although both countries are great- in both countries it is hell to get a permit to own a gun. (You have to "justify" to the state your need to own a gun- pay at least the equivalent of 1k and register your weapons).

Most men serve in both country's arm forces, and in spite of this they are not allowed to bear arms to protect their lives, families, or property.

In both countries there are many many active police officers. This is only a trite effort of the statist mentality, for people and their property are in constant alert/fear- for being sitting ducks as they await a very possible armed robbery.

The right to bear arms is a natural right and one that Must be protected in the United States.

For those that talk about expatriating, keep in mind the importance of living in a place that allows you to care for your own life, family, and property.

"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

I second that Rafael

Whenever I travel, especially down South, it's like being naked without your gun. Crime is worse than here and the only way to defend yourself is to be on alert at all times (not a bad thing) Or, mostly stay in at night. Even during the daytime it can be dicey, especially if you are a gringo. I don't like it and it's one reason why I have not left the USSA. As long as I can walk out my house with a gun tucked under my shirt I feel safer.

What's sad is people in SA hate guns but know the criminals all have them, and spew the same crap as here that if we just got rid of the guns there wouldn't be as much violent crime. I ask them how they feel about knives, and most don't even carry them, and I tell them that when they take all of the guns knife attacks will increase, then it will be baseball bats, then rocks. Most don't want to hear it and just want to drink their beer and go to the beach and hope nothing bad happens to them. But it usually does. In my immediate family two brother in laws have been car jacked. My wife held at knife point while sitting in her car at a light, step kids robbed on public transportation for their watches and shoes, and yet nobody wants to deal with it honestly. Most cops are as bad as the criminals, (just like here) so expecting them to come to your rescue is a joke.

You are right, we have to fight for the 2A with all of our heart and soul. It is the last line of defense we have against tyranny!

I do have a question for you, is it true that Medillian Columbia is as safe as people are saying it is? I know it's Columbia but people tell me it's infinitely safer there now. True?

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

..." I feel naked..."

You took the words out of my own mouth: " I feel naked..." right now as I travel.

Medellin, Colombia is a very progressive city. Yes, it is very safe in comparison to back in the Escobar days. Last time I checked (like five years ago) it was 20-something homicides per 100,000 people. The comparison at the time was made against Baltimore, Maryland which at the time was something like 84 homicides per 100,000 people.

I don't care how many cops there are around... I literally see them everywhere both in Colombia and in Chile. In spite of literally having a police state, crime is rampant in that the vandals only wait for the right opportunity. The law abiding class just waits around like sitting ducks. (State indoctrination literally keeps a "veil" over the eyes of these otherwise vivacious (but dormant) libertarians).

In these countries there is a positive side to this story: Private Security. Private Security (body guard(s)) is relatively cheap and efficient. You could also purchase your way into a gun permit but you would need bureaucratic recommendations and enough money to cover the costs. Get ready to also "justify" your need for a gun.

For anyone considering expatriating, keep in mind that private security is very cheap and a good deal. I know expats that have their own "Alfreds" who are not only their butlers, but also chauffeurs and full time body guards.

"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

Thanks, I never even thought about a bodyguard who doubles as a

driver/butler.

Keep us posted on your safe travels!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Principled people,

and gracious ones. The Founding Fathers and their love for liberty, and the TEA party mindset. (Not to mention the beautiful natural scenery.)

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

The tyranny /s Its people :)

The tyranny /s

Its people :)

The Great Thing About America

...is that you can distinguish it from "The United States of...", thereby enabling one to simultaneously love the former and despise the latter.

A thousand

A thousand reasons. Number one on my list is that it's my home. I feel a deep connection to this place. I live in rural northern NY and I believe it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Lacking a bit of refinement in culture surely, unbelievably restrictive of who I am in terms of my rights in a fascist left-wing nutball state government, but lovely none the less.

Our music would be one great reason. These united states and our experience as people here gave us, Blues, Jazz, Western Swing, Hillbilly, Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, Punk, Noise, Hardcore, Rap, Hip-hop. Who would we be without Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Howlin Wolf, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly??? Dude. To quote the Violent Femmes, "I like American music, do you like American Music? I like American music...Baby!"

Our American Christian heritage. I know that for some it's an annoyance, but to me, being a Christian, the rich religious background of our country is lovely as well.

Yes!

Aside from the "fascist left-wing nutball state government", which does make life here unnecessarily burdensome in many ways, northern NY is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I have been deeply in love with it my whole life. I am in complete agreement with you.

In fact, it bothers me all the more that the place I love so dearly is being tyrannized by this traitorous group of arrogant, small-minded kleptocrat clowns.

An incompetent IRS that can't figure out how to deal

with millions of Americans who live in the underground economy and don't file tax returns.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

What I love about America?

First I would like to rephrase the question. What do I love about my country? I love my country because it is my home, although my family quit living off the land a long time ago it is still the land that gives me the peace of belonging. My piece is small but it is mine, and my neighbor’s is his and that’s why I love my country. The people that would stand shoulder to shoulder to defend not only his but would stand to defend mine too. The feeling that the people in this land know right from wrong and that we band together to hold back the tide of wrong that keep washing up on our shores. The feeling that when our leaders do wrong that the people stand up and say ENOUGH…..STOP being the war aggressor……STOP sending the IRS on us, STOP spying on us, STOP spending our children’s future, STOP living off the credit card and stop being the government we don’t want and get us back to the government of the people, by the people and for the people. If you don’t we will make a new government that will……this is OUR COUNTRY, WE ALLOW YOU TO SERVE US......STOP ABUSING THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING OUR GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Fav' Item RE: America

is that you can rise above the ECO-SOC group you were born into, and that is just not possible in most places in this world.

peAce

Liberty = Responsibility

The Geography

We truly have everything as far as geography goes. From the Rocky Mountains, deserts in Nevada, beaches, you name it. Variety is everywhere from the people to the landscape.

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Hollywood and the NFL

Hollywood and the NFL.

I'll add DailyPaul.com to the list too!

And maybe our relative wealth compared to a lot of the world.

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

The wealth

we have now is only an illusion. It's all based on debt and it won't last.

America once was truly wealthy, because we have the best system of government in the world. People literally die to come here. You combine that with a free people and sound money and that's when you have a true recipe for wealth and prosperity.

Good topic!

It's nice to take a break from bad news all the time.

My favorite thing about America is a spirit of always trying to do the right thing, and having the courage to do it. This seems most prevalent in America.

Everything That is Under Threat, Sadly

The Rule of Law.
Protection of Minorities, including the Individual.
Separation of Powers.
Contract Law. Voluntarily Contracting with Others.
Local Government.
Recognition of the Natural Right to Bear Arms.
A Culture That Frowns on Nepotism
A Culture That Rewards Creativity and Productiveness.
Rugged Individualism.
Science, Philosophy, and Reason.
Legal Ownership of Precious Metals. Lack of Capital Controls.
Pluralism + Melting Pot. Diversity is Robust and Interesting.
Freedom of Thought, including Religious Freedom.
Freedom to Choose My Own Friends / Freedom of Association.
The Ability to Work as an Independent Contractor / Have My Own Biz.
No Draft. A Volunteer Military.
Affordable Country Living.
Raw Natural Beauty and Resources.
Interesting and Educated People.

Men and boys are required by law to register for the draft

While there may not be an active draft, men are required by law to register for the draft and boys (15 years and 8 months) in many states are required by law to pre-register for the draft. Not doing so can land a man in jail (for up to 10 years, I believe) with heavy fines, no prospect of student loans or government jobs (or jobs tied to govt through contract), etc.

So, again, while there isn't an active draft, don't kid yourself, men...all it takes is a little work in congress to restart the draft...you are in a database...and, men, you are a slave to the govt, beyond paying taxes.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

No Draft

"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose."

Draft and Draft registration

I wasn't sure if you were just stating your support for "no draft" or something else. it was tough to tell.

The response I posted to your comment was just an update to your comment stating that the America has an all volunteer military. I emphasized that while there is no active military draft, men and boys are required by law to register (men) and preregister (boys) for the draft, for when it is reinstated by congress.

I certainly don't agree with it (it enslaves men for use by the State against their will) and I wasn't supporting it in anyway with my response, it disgusts me...just stating the facts.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

Right On

You make a good point and selective service is an unholy relic that should be buried. If it comes down to needing a 'draft', then they can call up the unorganized militia. That is why we have the second amendment after all. Of course, we can democratically elect our own officers and refuse to march if they call us for some stupid foreign war. That is how it was meant to be :)

My favorite thing is the Rule of Law--

That one thing that makes "all men equal". It made me feel proud and blessed to be an American, making "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" a possibility for all Americans.

In my mind, it's what made America the shining city on a hill.

And I want it back!

It's a dangerous world without it. The whistlblowers — all liberty lovers — Ron Paul — those that keep vigilance over the torch of Liberty — make me proud to be an American.

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

I like the fact that when we

I like the fact that when we have differences with other countries we dont have to worry about politics and diplomats to resolve the issues in a civilized way. Its cool that we can just bomb them until they respect our authoritay.
It does suck that we usually have to pay off people to make said country look bad first before doing it. I mean who cares what people think, we're merica. We should be able to bomb anyone at any time we want. That's what's meant by freedom, Not this right for individuals to speak or own anything.

Yeah, that's pretty good, but even better

is the fact that we issue the world's reserve currency. People in other places have to work hard producing real goods and services in order to be able to buy stuff from other countries. In the USA, our Federal Reserve spends a few pennies printing up new bills, and people all around the world give us the wealth of their nations in exchange for Ben's Buttwipe, er, "dollars." We've got the whole WORLD buying our bonds to pay for our Social Security, Medicare and war industry. How cool is that?!?

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

Innovation

Our culture creates fertile ground for innovation, entrepreneurship and liberal capitalism. "Failure" is acceptable and you are encouraged to try again. If you take risk you have a great opportunity for reward.

My concern - growing corporatism, corrupt banking and obstructionist government will constrain innovation and our entrepreneurial spirit.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

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I like the

small business people who strive to make this place easy to live and operate.

THE CLASS OF CITIZENS WHO PROVIDE AT ONCE THEIR OWN FOOD AND THEIR OWN RAIMENT, MAY BE VIEWED AS THE MOST TRULY INDEPENDENT AND HAPPY.
James Madison

America have such interesting people

Its citizens are some of the most unique individuals on this planet. When I was a kid I used to think that Americans are so different because most of their ancestors all came from different countries. This lead me to imagine America being the "primordial soup" of people from around the globe lol.

His name is Edward Snowden

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a country that has produced

the likes of a ron paul and all the others who have been influenced by him.
oh yeah and apple pie.

As is consistent with great

As is consistent with great empires, America has the best circuses: sports, music, movies.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

Fallacious.

That is an often taught, but historically unsupported, bit of horse-hockey. It is an old born-again Christian tactic to convince people that morality needs to be legislated and that the central government needs more power (they were created by the Chicago-School Neoconservatives in the 50's after all). No, Rome did not fall because the people were decadent and immoral. Rome fell, just like the Ottomans and the Mongols, because they overextended and centralized power just doesn't work, people are too different and have internal need for freedoms.

There are many cultures with great music. There are many nations with great soccer and rugby, etc... India has a thriving movie industry for decades now. Etc...

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain