I dont really have a grudge against it , I just think people should care about others more, stop just letting things go when they get tromped on & start stainding up for themselves.
Boy this is a loaded question if I ever heard one. I can only say that there are parts of America I am very proud of and some that I am ashamed to admit. If a all or nothing element module is added to this then I could get in trouble.
A Country is nothing more than the people and those they elect to run it.
So are you proud of the people?
I did two tours in Vietnam.I would give my life for the American mind set.God bless America(If there is a God)...
Its where I grew up , have family and friends, attachments so I love India then the pace with which things move is really annoying, soooooo slow.
Then this planet is my home as well.
I preferred working with Europeans ,Americans, Japanese etc as they are far more professional.
Very proud to be American. It's easy to criticize, and there's a lot to be critical of, but the fact is that there are very few places in the world that have our way of life. I became more proud of my country AFTER having left it to live in another, when I realized just how good we have it.
I think a lot of the (domestic) issues that Americans go crazy over are relatively minuscule compared to what others in the world have to deal with day in and day out and are a result of us not having "real" issues to deal with (like riots, hunger, poverty). My heart goes out to those who were hurt by the economic recession, but the fact is that most of them still have a house with a refrigerator and a TV. Even the political spectrum (republican/democrat) is very narrow -- there are no socialist nor fascist parties with any sort of leverage in the United States, let alone communists, so we debate little meaningless stuff like whether or not Obama should have bowed to the Japanese leader.
Foreign policy issues, on the other hand, are very important in my opinion, because we affect the world in ways many Americans do not understand. Our worldwide power is incredible and sometimes it seems we are like a blindfolded 10-year old swinging a bat at a pinada, hitting anything that happens to be there.
yes, I'm a proud American and love the US.
there are amazing people here, also some ugly people.
like anywhere else.
most Americans I know would give the shirt off their back without a hesitation to help another in need... rich, poor, right, left, middle, doesn't matter.
we're a vocal people. rather passionate, but a great place to live.
I love America "but", I don't love the state that it's in right now with so many of us hiding our heads in the sand and refusing to be pro-active for the good while the corruption continues. At least acknowledge and fall behind something cause you know what, you stay in the middle of the road? Yah! You get run over!!! I'm not afraid to speak out and speak up but I won't argue with airheads so this is my opinion and I believe in the right to free speach. I am not targeting anyone here I am just being real. No fantasy no vanity and no anger just saying. Thanks all.
America... Not my country, but I am proud of it. Because it has a stable government, without any coup, military take-over, for more than 200 years. No other country has this special status. It remains a free democratic country, with the same system of government.
My country, India... I am proud because of its diverse ancient culture, every culture unique in its own right., but a single entity. Different languages, different religions, but people are proud that they are Indians. India has overgrown hundred times like that of its former colonial masters... in just 60 years.
I am proud of my country. Australia is democratic and has stable government. We still have a long way to go in many ways, but it is still one of the worlds best democracies.
As I wrote in a previous forum disussion, America is the greatest country on Earth by default, but oh what it could be if only we stood by the prinicples for which it was founded. However, despite all its flaws I love this country and I love its people with all my heart and I am very proud of the progress we've made.
I wish everyone would stop being proud of their country. Pride can be such a negative emotion!
People who love their country are aware of its faults but love it anyway, and work to make it a better place. But people who are proud of their country can be one-eyed about it, and blind to its problems. I notice the people who are proudest of their country are people who have never set foot outside it, and base all their perceptions of the rest of the world on distorted media coverage.
Personally, I have found it to be true that the more people travel and the more that they are exposed to other countries, their people and cultures, the more their patriotic fervour begins to subside.
I wish I could say"you took the words right out of my mouth"but I'm not at your level yet.May I join your fan club?
There is no need to set foot outside one's country to be proud of their country... because every one thinks their country is best. To have perceptions about the world, we have to rely only on historical evidences and media only. We cant go everywhere to know what is happening there.
Is the whole media distorted? Who else have to rely on?
I have a lot of bad things to say about the way that my country is governed. We are in a terrible economic situation, we have huge immigration problems, and society in general is in decline.
There are however also many things that I still love about my country and its people, and I hope that they are things which will not be lost in my lifetime. Those things are not financial.
I am very proud of America. Our nation stands for many great things. There are often many things done here that are not what this nation is about as this nation has traditionally been recognized as a nation under God that has distributed the greatest amount of benefit to the greatest number of people in all of human history.
We have many problems with our government today, but I have confidence that, as a nation, our greatest days are ahead of us.
The world would be a better place if we could all put down our national flags and Wave the Flag of Humanity instead.
I see nothing wrong with being proud of your home. flaws and all.
our countries are our home.
I have traveled out of my home country and it is a huge learning experience, an eye opener to other cultures, yet I was quite happy to return to my home. I love it here.
I'm proud of America's history, the part where our ancestors carved out a nation, laid the foundation for a fair and just government, all the millions of immigrants that make up our tapestry... It's a beautiful story of freedom, justice, and liberty that has inspired countries all over the world.
NOW, I'm disappointed in America. Supposedly we are the trendsetters of the world with a responsibility to each other, to freedom and liberty...examples of justice. Quite frankly, WE HAVE FAILED!! Now we are the exploiters, the hoarders, the fat and lazy, the corrupt, the selfish... Where is the spirit and humility that founded this nation?
Things will be better in my native Laos when Communism is wiped out and a republic is put in play. Also, I wish the present government wouldn't rely on so much foreign aid...Nothing comes free
Pride is not so good in any thing. I do love my country and my people. It is difficult at times not to be proud when the Marine Band is playing and Old Glory is on high waving.
I agree to disagree. I love my country America but love is different from pride. When the powers-that-be in Washington start to clean up the corruption that is affecting the blue collar and many other Americans to the point where we are set up for failure no matter which way we turn, than I will begin to feel that sense of pride. I want to hear more from those that are struggling under the money lenders and corporations that suck every last dime from you by imposing their "legal" fees compounding them by the hour. I want to hear from the families that were pushed out of their homes by corrupt greedy and theiving Billionaires who built their wealth on their misery. I want to hear from those that have loved ones in the military, Many of these that joined did so to escape the crime and/or poverty in their cities. Many of these people saw no other way out. yes they are brave and courageous and patriotic and these I am so very proud of. I want to see the draft set up again and then all hell will break loose.
The "eager to escalate war-mongers" will then stand up and protest long and loud about sending more troops to Afghanistan. These "pro-lifers" They whine about abortion but then turn around and send our children to die. What's the difference, I see none. So listen carefully, We are about to be the only country in 3000 years of constant attempts by many countries to bring Afghanistan into submission they all failed. What do you think are our chances of success. ABORTION!!! MURDER!!!
I'm British and I'm DEFINITELY not patriotic or proud of my country. My country is responsible for the murder of millions of people over 3 centuries. It is responsible for massive environmental pollution, it is built on the foundations of racism, exploitation and imperialism. I am ashamed of my country for allowing self-declared racists, fascists and nazis to organize freely and even to have airtime on national television. I am ashamed of my country for the 800 years of oppression of the Irish, for failing to react quickly to stamp out fascism in the '30s and for continuing on imperialist wars of conquest. Nationalism is inherently racist; you are presupposing that, based purely on where someone was born, that they are of greater merit than anyone else in the world.
not very, I was born in the philippines, need i say more?
There are many ways to be proud and ashamed of America. One of the biggest shames we have perpetrated on other countries is our quest to effect economic and political change on other countries through our political and military alliance. So many of our recent clashes and wars are a product of lobbying practices employed by big business. Oils and resources desired from other countries are covered up with these wars and the American people are duped into accepting it as a patriotic and humanitarian effort to make it credible.
I am proudest of this country when milestones such as the space program make discoveries and accomplishments. When humanitarian relief is extended in disasters and changes in domestic harmony is occassionally achieved.
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