47 "I'm Still Proud To Be An American"

Very proud little guy.
Very proud little guy.

Always stand proud as an American.


I’m Still Proud To Be An American

I have a habit of hearing old songs, that I feel if people would have paid attention to when they were hits, could have changed the way this country is today. It kind of makes me think of one of my other hubs, “The “Y’s” In The Road of Life”.

I have another old song that Merle Hagard released back in 1970 and was a number one hit. Everyone talked about the song, but it doesn’t seem today that anyone took it seriously. It is another song that should be played often, very often, these days.

Note; I had to remove the words to the song that I am refering to because Hubs says it is a duplicate. I hope they at least let me do it this way. The song is, "The Fightin' Side of Me" by Merle Hagard. The words in the song are a very important part of this hub.

If we didn’t fight the wars we have fought, this song would never have been recorded.

Anyone can speak what they want and stand for whatever they want as long as they aren’t speaking against this country. I have lost too many friends and relatives that fought and died for what we have here. And I myself will fight and die for this country today if I have too. I don’t care who the person is, if they run this country down to my face, they will be “walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me”.

We, that are still Americans, have to still be willing to fight and die if needed so that those men didn’t die in vane.

"If you don't love it, leave it."
I stand on that strong, “If you don’t love it, Leave it.” I’m sure that there are other countries that would love to have some more idiots.

That paragraph is self explanatory and says it all.

Let them go to another country and see if they get the milk and honey and the same level of living.

If you have never heard this song please do, and if it’s been a long time since you have heard it, hear it again. If people would have listened 41 years ago, maybe, just maybe, things would be different. But then, 40 years from now someone will be saying the same thing about some of the songs of today. It’s really not very funny, we just don’t seem to learn from history until it’s too late.

Greg

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Husky1970 5 years ago

Amen! What we have allowed our country to become is a shame. Why can't we manufacture more and create more real jobs for people? We need a serious shot of Patriotism. Glad you brought attention to this topic.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

I have lived in America, and loved all things American, and still appreciate the humor and good nature of the American peoples, but once I realized the narrow-minded nature of the patriot's scheme...I left.

One can hold to the past and love songs and get all hoity-toity about nationalistic pride--but what happens to diplomacy? It was that kind of national furor that started WWI and II. It only causes anger in other nations that have much to contribute through science, technology and philosophy.

You hub will only bring America back to a point of anger, rage and, from some, pity. As the globe shrinks, we can all be proud of who we are and where we come from, but isolating pride and looking to past glory won't save the planet, let alone America.

The time has come for co-operation and creative development of global economies, job programs, career tracks and pride in our efforts--not our nationhood.

I'm a Canadian, and proud of it, but I look to the world for learning, cultural appreciation, ideas and a future that can be increasingly better for all nations.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Husky, Thank you for the comment. I guess we do still have "some" Americans with pride. Greg


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Rand, Thank you for the comment and I do welcome everyone's opinion. For your information, the patriots you are talking about are basically rebels. The patriotism I am talking about comes from the true Americans that still belive in the freedom of speech, freedom of religion and don't "don't" hate their neighbors for the shade of their skin. The ones that don't want to change this country to fit what they came here to get away from. If you were from Canada in the first place and love it so much, why did you come here? To be totally honest with you, I'm glad you went back to Canada. It would make me and a lot of othere very happy if everyone that is not happy with the way this country has been for so many years would go "back" to their countries. If they're happy here, more power to them. Just let us Americans live the way we want to live. We don't need to change this country to fit all of the other countries. Also, I left your comment because I want Americans to realize how so many Canadians feel about their neighbor to the south of them. And actually, I wish my one hub could reach that many people that it would make a BIG difference. Greg


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

First let me say that i love this Hub, and second, i love Merle Hagard. We've got the best right here in the good old USA, we just need to stand up and fight the injustice we're now getting from the greedy politicans. Some want to rule, while WE the people ( Middle class ) are forgotten. Thank you for sharing.

Ruby


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

I appreciate your response, Greg. I fell in love with America right from youth, as America has quite an advertising campaign for the world, and the message from the statute of Liberty, "Give us your poor, your sick...etc." is the message of freedom and hope to many refugees around the world.

I didn't have to leave a war-torn country in my youth to live in America...it was a choice...an education...and then a wife. The same as it is for many people and has been from the beginning of the USA.

Great point about the "rebel patriots" you made, because that was the red-neck attitude I was alluding to--so I thank you for your thoughts.

Honestly, I'm glad to be back in Canada, too--but I didn't return because of my political ideas--I just got tired of Minnesota and an ex-wife--easy enough to understand.

I love Waylon and Willie and all the boys, but it doesn't mean I have to live where they live. However, the very disturbing comments made in recent times by politicians about who should have the right to vote, ie. property owners only, rich people only, etc, make the liberty that every human being yearns for a diminishing commodity in the land of the free and home of the brave.

As I tried to indicate in the first comment, and in most of my hubs, the dialogues of peoples and nations inside and outside their own borders is becoming more bitter and filled with saber-rattling and in a millennium where solutions should be reached through thought and planning--not the archaic hammer of war--an over-populated planet just seems to be getting angrier instead of wiser.

Recessions, aggressive police actions, economic turmoil and greed are all factors, but a house divided, or a planet divided, really isn't a benefit for anyone, is it?

That is the point--why can't we all just get along with our own little lives and enjoy the ride? The trip is short enough.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Rand, Thank you for coming back. I appologize if I sounded harsh. I do welcome immigrants to this country. My relatives came here from Germany before 1900. What I don't like are the ones that come here illegally, have kids and expect us to take care of them. I'm not a rebellious American, I am just one that is willing to defend this country, and I always have been. There are way too mant people that are willing to roll over these days and let would be willing to let some other country come in and take over. Thank you though, I do like all sides of peoples opinions. Greg


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

Great write and my favorite quote "If you don't love it, leave it."

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

God Bless


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi VNVet, Thanks for the visit and comment. They wouldn't let me put the words to the song in the article. Snd yes, if they don't love it, they can leave it. My sentiments exactly. Again, thank you. Greg


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Well, not to get in the middle of a squabble, but here's my two cents, for all that it's worth:

1. I am an American citizen and I am happy to be that.

2. I have travelled in other countries and I do not think that most Americans realize how good they have it--even in the worse of times.

3. I am greatly disappointed with how our country has 'defaulted' on the national budget, the education system, the health care system, and values in general.

4. There is much to be said about our need for fresh ideas, new inspiration and a general shift towards the positive.

There's always room for improvement--America has had some major loss of strong leadership and positive role models. It is a different world we live in, but at this time I would have to say there is no other place I would want to live. Ask me again in 10 yrs and my answer may be different.

Interesting hub-spurs debate and that's a good thing in my opinion...means that people are really reading and responding to it.

Liked the photo-is that a red fox?


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Denise, Thank you for the comment. Trust me, what you had to say was worth a lot more than 2 cents. There is a lot of work to be done to pull America back together, but i have faith in my fellow Americans to do it. It's the others that keep sticking their noses in and want to change us to whatever they ran away from.

And you can butt in anytime you want.

The picture of the young fox I took right here on my sisters property in Durango. Again, thank you. Greg


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Captainausume 5 years ago from New Jersey

I have to say I am proud of our American History but not necessarily the current system in place. All I see are people being stepped on and shoved aside while the rich make all the rules.


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Mysteryus 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Great hub Greg. Interesting conversation. I guess it would be the arms companies that are the war profiteers to answer Rand's question. Or, are they simply patriotic in every way? I have some friends who make protective interior armor for tanks and other military vehicles. They are protecting our soldiers.

Captainausume, you are right about the rich making the rules. But, that is just how the game works. You can change the way you play the game but you can't make the rules unless you have the most chips. And, rule number one is the rich don't lose any money. It is not an even trade when you do business with them. You have to either overhaul the system or vote to redistribute the wealth the rich have stockpiled which is stifling our economy.


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getridofwartfast 5 years ago from Canada

great hub ! your an awesome writer


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Get, Thank you for the visit, the time to comment and the compliment. Greg


Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

I very often hear in Nepal, proud to be a Nepali. My Indian friends have also said proud to an Indian. Even the Pakistani say proud to be a Pakistani. And I reiterate Plato's words I'm proud to be a man (and not a woman). LOL


Sueswan 5 years ago

I think it is great that you are proud to be an American.

I am proud to be a Canadian.

I can't imagine having to leave my country because of war or political unrest.

I feel for those put in that situation but they can't have their cake and eat it too.

Yes, we should make them feel welcome but not at the expense of changing our customs, laws and way of life.


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gregas 5 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Sue, Thank you for the visit and the comment. I more than welcome any immigrants that feel they are safer here than in their own country, but at the same time, don't try and change our way of life to what you just left. Besides we have a president that is already trying to do that. Again, thank you. Greg


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hi Greg ~ Voted up for speaking your piece. I'm also frustrated when we can't write the words of songs to which we refer in our hubs. I can tell you are passionate about your country and your wife. Blessings, Debby


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Debby, Thank you. I am very passionate about my country. I have fought for her and have lost friends that died for he and I will not let them have died in vane. BTW, I am not married. My poems are inspired by my girlfriend of 27 years. And yes, I am very passionate about her too. Right now she is in Calif. and I am in Colo. Thank you, Greg.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello Greg ~ I mistakenly thought you were married, but 27 years ... I would consider that a "mate," and very sorry about those losses. Puts a hole in the heart to miss your dear friends. Blessings, Debby


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Debby, The whole thing is a long story, which I am working. My life could have been a soap opera. :-) Greg


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Proud to be an American also. We have our faults but we always pursue freedom and civil rights. Hopefully, we will all pull together this year to bring America back to a solid foundation.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Teaches, Thank you for the follow, visit and comment. Yes, I have full faith that we will pull this country back together. Greg


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So very interesting and has to have that vote up!!

You are an interesting and clever writer.

Take care;

Eddy.


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uncorrectedvision 4 years ago from Indiana

Thanks for a stirring hub. When my brother and I talk about the American Revolution we agree that it is on going. In the history of the world it is unique for so many people to live with out a King or a ruling class. To fight for an idea and an ideal. We all, everyone-everywhere, have benefited from the sacrifices of our fighting men and women. When ever someone who lives here talks as if they want to tear down America I remind myself of two lesson their hatred teaches.

One, that many people have sacrificed so much and some everything, to guarantee the right to speak ones mind without the government shutting them up.

AND

Two, that without the sacrifice of our noble war dead and their living brothers and sisters, the ability, comfort, security and means to put out such a silly message would not exist.

Thank you - And I love it when people from other countries love America - because I love their country right back. God Bless our Canadian and British friends - it is a testament to our country to have faithful and stalwart friends.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Eiddwen, Thank you for the visit, very nice comment and vote. Greg

Hi UV, Thank you for the visit and comment. I for one will never give up my freedoms without a fight. I too like it when America gets support from other countries. But, at the same time it really ruffles my feathers when people from other countries put down America. I have seen Canadians and Brits talk bad about our country. Greg


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Thanks Greg, another great Hub. Voted up and Awesome. I love this country, though I have become very frustrated by the way things have been in recent years. The USA is the greatest country in the world, but we still have a lot of work to do to live up to our ancestors dream.


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gregas 4 years ago from Corona, California. Author

Hi Dmop, Thank you for the visit, comment and votes. It needs a lot of work, but we can still make it well worth all of the effort. It's beautiful, it's America, it's ours and NO ONE is ever going to take it away. Greg


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wltw 4 years ago from Northern Maine

You said it - and it couldn't be more true. Too many Americans had their freedom bought for them by others and never had to invest themselves in this country - so when there is a threat, they get fearful - right here in 'the land of the free'. Let's hope we never have to fight again that way, especially on our own soil - but we need to have a "freedom frame of mind" to do so if we have to. This is 'the home of the brave' given to us by God, and the faith and courage of our brave founders and the generations of many like them that followed is what keeps us all free. Any patriots who aren't aware, check out DVD's by David Barton and WallBuilders.org - you'll find out facts they have yanked out of school curriculums and the textbooks that will shock you. Great hub - thanks!


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forall 3 years ago

A great feeling for one's country. I hope everyone feels the same for his own country. My favorite sentence in the Hub: "It’s really not very funny, we just don’t seem to learn from history until it’s too late." totally right!


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laidbacklady 3 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

Another great hub, gregas! I too am an American and proud of it. Those individuals who come here from other countries and then put us down and try to change our way of life to theirs really tick me off.

Those who enter this country illegally and run their mouths, well, let's just say, it's a good thing I am non-violent by nature. Of course, with all the illegal entries comes the questions of 'how do we let this happen'...another hub and another can of worms entirely.

And you are very much correct--I am certain there are many countries out there who could use some more idiots.

We'll get our country back to where it should be one day. Until the current leadership makes a course correction, or we force the leadership to do so, the ride is going to be quite bumpy.

Voted up and beautiful!


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ThelmaC 3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Great hub and I really agree with what laidbacklady had to say. As a former military wife during the Vietnam era, I say "love it or leave it". I voted up!!

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