Why I am still proud to be an American

Why I am still proud to be an American

I struggled to write a patriotic post this year. With everything that has transpired over the past year, what do I have to be proud of? I heard the sentiment echoed from many of my friends and family. And it is easy to see why.

‘Merica. USA. Land of patriotism, NASCAR and reality TV, or politics, which are really interchangeable at this point. We wipe at night with tp embroidered with bible verses, the constitution and the NRA’s latest and greatest. We claim Christians are persecuted, but create Muslim bans (call a Spade a Spade). We counter black lives matter with all lives matter because it sounds more inclusive…wow American PR firms need a pat on the back. And realistically, they may not even be American because we have corporatized our government and sent our jobs overseas where we can pay pennies on the dollar and sleep comfortably knowing our middle class can afford clothing somehow. Hmm. I wonder.

But I still love our country.

I care about my beloved USA and believe in the people. I believe in our voices and our hearts. Our country was built on being ticked off because we didn’t feel represented. Snowflakes. Freedom was not only worth dying for, but living for. I may not agree with everything happening in America, but that’s why it is so great. I can disagree. I have the freedom of speech to do so. I have the right to hold peaceful demonstrations and protest if necessary.

Homelessness is an increasing epidemic, but they must just be lazy or alcoholics, not because we have systematic poverty built into our infrastructure. Like privatizing prisons, loading them up to capacity (About 5 times higher incarceration statistics in the US than anywhere else), and using them as unpaid labor. We have cut education, health insurance social security, said list goes on for a mile. My family alone has paid over $6,000 out-of-pocket for 4 years in a row with decent insurance. This is only half of the family out-of-pocket deductible. We are not rolling in dough. Just medical bills.

But I am still proud to be an American.

Our Oval Office seems like an SNL skit or a scene from Idiocracy. We will wake up one day and this will all be a joke. Right?

But I am still proud to be an American. I believe in our right to vote, and take great pride casting my choice each election. I love being in a country where I get to be a part of the political process, as flawed as it can be at times.

Our history is written by the victors and we choose textbooks that call slaves “workers”. Our science is being overhauled to include more creationism because separation of church and state unless Jesus. But don’t give to the poor. That’s a handout.

But I am still proud.

We have the freedom to be different. We have the freedom to speak out against injustice. We have the opportunity to help our neighbors.

Freedom is not only worth dying for, but living for.

The constitution does have amazing ideas and is an incredible framework. It may not be perfect, but it has safeguards to grow and change to become better. Amendments have been pretty important. You know, ending slavery, freedom of speech, and the right to vote if you are not white, male and rich.

“I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better Constitution: For when you assemble a Number of Men to have the Advantage of their joint Wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those Men all their Prejudices, their Passions, their Errors of Opinion, their local Interests, and their selfish Views. From such an Assembly can a perfect Production be expected?

It therefore astonishes me, Sir, to find this System approaching so near to Perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our Enemies, who are waiting with Confidence to hear that our Councils are confounded, like those of the Builders of Babel, and that our States are on the Point of Separation, only to meet hereafter for the Purpose of cutting one another’s throats. Thus I consent, Sir, to this Constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure that it is not the best.”

Benjamin Franklin’s Final Speech

We have amazing history. We fight for freedom and freedom wins!

I am proud to be an American.

As much as I hate some of the discourse (See: Any Social Media Comments Section), it is incredible that we can argue about our beliefs so openly without fear of oppression.

I believe we can go back to being a country with open arms. Not just the right to bear them. Nobody is coming after your precious guns.

People immigrated here because it was the land of opportunity. We have the opportunity to be prosperous together. We have overcome so many obstacles toward inclusiveness. We can continue to move forward. We can put our Christian values as a point of our patriotism without devaluing other religions. We are the melting pot. Our diversity is a point of pride.

We can stand up for those around us and support our veterans. We can stand together: white, black, brown, LGBTQ, straight, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Atheist, Hindu and even Scientologist. Democrats, Republicans and Independents can unite under the star-spangled banner.

We can all beam with pride on the place we call home. We are the future and America is our home. We need to make it a good one.

Happy 4th of July to my home sweet home!

Not going to lie, I also think we have the coolest patriotic gear!

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Only in the USA…These are so funny I think I just might need them.

What makes you proud to be an American?

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