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Why I am proud to be an American

Updated on August 14, 2012

America is a country like no other and the rights we have granted to us under our Constitution do not exist in the scope our fore fathers included. Though America has problems from time to time I am still proud to be an American. There are several reasons why I feel the way I do and one of them is our right to free speech. Free speech is something that many individuals throughout the world would cherish and each of us should. With the right of free speech we can voice our opinion freely and this can be seen in the political ads this election year. It is important to remember that there are limits but as long as we state the truth, we can voice our opinion about any issue that is important to us as individuals.

We are a diversified country with a multitude of ethnic origins. While many of us were born here it was those who traveled many miles to arrive at our shores looking for a better life when our country first began. The accomplishments and struggles they encountered are still present today. I am proud we have the opportunity to learn from other individuals from foreign lands. While we may not always agree with their perspective it provides an opportunity to learn from others with different backgrounds.

Another reason I am proud to be an American is our political system. Today though there are some problems within it does not make it a bad system. Other countries have situations where individuals may be either limited or prevented from becoming involved with the politics of their country. This is not the situation we have here. We as individuals can become involved in politics as much or as little as we choose. The structure of our political system is one of the best if not the best in the world by having the opportunity for individuals of all walks of life to be involved.

Our political system is also one as identified to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. If we as individuals and voters do not like the choices made by those we elect we can vote to replace them. Some countries establish election times based on events while our country has set times for our elections through our states and Congress. There is no long period of time between elections as we elect governors, senators, representatives and the President. The power of our vote is unlike that of other countries as we have the opportunity to shape what we are as a nation and change the path our country takes by our votes. It is a power we should not take lightly especially this election year.

History has proven that we as a country have faced many hardships and as individuals we took action together to get through those hardships. One unique experience of which I am proud to be an American is our response to the attacks we experienced on 9/11. Individuals throughout the country expressed their anger at this attack and we had a united front regardless of which political party individual may have belonged. This kind of unity showed the character and resolve of our nation.

The opportunities and rights we have under the Constitution were established at the beginning of our country and the experiences our fore fathers had shaped what would become the law of the land. The principles engrained in the Constitution are another big reason I am proud to be an American. Through time we have made changes to our Constitution as deemed necessary but it is with the majority of state elected officials who represent us to accept or reject such changes.

Our country is a great country and we have many things to be proud of one of which is those who fight to keep our way of life secure through all branches of the military. It makes me proud to see individuals step up to the plate and risk their lives for us and they deserve all the support we can give them. Being proud of our troops through history also says much about our character and resolve. Many of the battles we have faced as a country were not of our choosing but thousands of individuals took it upon themselves to fight to keep the freedoms we have. In addition we stood with other countries when their way of life was threatened which could have eventually threatened our way of life if we let such events occur. We have been a country in the past that has not backed down from a fight and having that type of character to stand up for what we believe as a country is another reason to be proud to be an American.


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    • Dennis AuBuchon profile image

      Dennis AuBuchon 5 years ago

      thanks for the comment and the follow

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      Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      It's good to see someone talking good about their country. I liked the hub and voted it up. I am also following you.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 5 years ago

      Thanks for stoppy by and providing you comment. I totally agree with you.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Pride for one's country fuels passion to help the country become better. Of course we see problems and face challenges, no country is perfect. But in spite of the imperfection we continue to be faithful. I believe this is what makes a country great - the people who believe and continue to make it better.