I’m always a little surprised when something happens, or someone does something good and people say, “that makes me proud to be an American.” I can only speak for myself, but I’m always proud to be an American.
I am frequently/usually ashamed of the government and many/most people in that government. Ashamed because for all the hot air and hype they serve this country so poorly.
I am frequently ashamed of the voters that don’t respect their vote enough to spend it wisely. Instead they respond to the hot air and sound bites or just vote, without investigation or thought for their “tribe.” It would just be sad if it weren’t so destructive. The Trumpanzees are only the latest iteration of this phenomena.
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson should have mentioned that the people could only prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people only if enough people cared. And only as long as a majority of the people were the ones that labored and didn’t want the government to take care of them.
I am always proud to be an American. Proud to live in a country with a Constitution that guarantees my God given rights. A Constitution that many of those that would govern us and do govern us try to circumvent or destroy. The Constitution would stop those who would usurp the power and therefore is the enemy of the corrupt and venal.
Obama has been very good at that. Shameless about trying to circumvent or destroy a document he took an oath to protect and serve. However partisan you are you should be appalled at that. The rights guaranteed by the Constitution are for all of us. The rights “given” by politicians are just hot air and guaranteed by their whim or what the polls show or what lie they’ve decided to peddle today.
I don’t know, not having a reliable crystal ball if Donald Trump would protect and serve the Constitution. I doubt it. I doubt it mostly because I don’t think he has the faintest idea what it says or means. Rule by Donald Trump would be rule by Trump’s whims or wants. A man who has lived 70 years without learning to control himself any better than a spoiled toddle isn’t about to suddenly become a constitutional scholar or supporter. Quite honestly, I don’t think he has it in him.
Those that support him don’t seem to care. Evidently the foundation of America, the Constitution doesn’t mean anything because they’re “mad”. Well how about that? More adults throwing toddler-like temper tantrums. I sure as hell am not proud of them.
“The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” ~ Mark Twain
Hillary Clinton knows what the Constitution means and what it says. Hate her as you will she is absolutely better informed as to what the government can and cannot do. There is almost no doubt she would do as much to circumvent or destroy the Constitution as Obama.
She is an Alinskyite and the Constitution is anathema to the likes of her. Ditto religion. These people only pretend to be Christian. You cannot be a progressive and be a Christian. They are two diametrically opposed positions.
“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” ~ Mark Twain
There are so many things to be proud of as an American. Sadly many of those things are disappearing before our very eyes. We could once be very proud, as Americans, of our education system.
As recently as 20 years ago, the United States was ranked No.1 in high school and college education. Much of the boom in American education during the second half of the 20th century was fueled by the Montgomery G.I. Bill, which provided scholarships and student loans to veteran service personnel returning from World War II.
In 2009, the United States was ranked 18th out of 36 industrialized nations. Over time, complacency and inefficiency, reflective of lower priorities in education, and inconsistencies among the various school systems contributed to a decline.
When Jimmy Carter signed the law the created the United States Department of Education he began the concentrated determination by the Federal Government to indoctrinate not educate. He was a Democrat after all.
Our children no longer know the things they need to know and they know a whole lot of things that just ain’t so. Public education was once a wonderful thing. The leftist agenda to socialize everything and the inability or disinclination of those on the right to stop them has done this to a whole generation of children. It is now working it’s way towards the next.
We need better, smarter, more educated people to deal with a technological world that changes almost daily. Instead we get dolts that cannot fill out a job application. But they do excel at video games.
I am proud to be an American. I am proud of our past, be it imperfect or not because we try for the good. We are among the most generous people on earth. We have a lot of room to improve and could do it if the corrupt government and the lazy voters got out of the way.
And you know I couldn’t end this post without this wonderful song by Lee Greenwood.