Thursday, November 6, 2008

Proud to be an American

Something has been really bothering me lately (besides the election results). I keep hearing people say "I am so proud to be an American." I understand that we just elected our first black president. Why does it take winning an election to be proud of your country??? I am ALWAYS proud to be an American!

It seems like some Democrats (SOME) are so unhappy with America unless everything is going their way. And even then, they are usually unhappy. Even Obama told a 7-year-old girl "America is, is no longer, uh, what it could be, what it, it once was,” Obama said. “And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.” That really bothers me (besides the fact that he was telling a CHILD that).

Yes, America is not perfect. Yes, there are things that need to be improved. However, I love America. I love this country and I am proud to be an American. I will always tell you this, even when my candidate lost and I am upset. Even if the country is not going in a direction that is my ideal, I still love this country and am so proud to be an American. Period.


Jenn @ said...

I agree with your sentiment. I was one of the ones that said that I was *prouder* to be an American on Tuesday. I'm always proud to be an American, but to see over half of our country vote for a bi-racial man to be president, It shows me that we've come a long way in 40 years. Also I was so happy to see that this election inspired people to get out there and vote, no matter whom they voted for. We, as a nation, still have a long way to go, but we can only do it together - Red and Blue together as Purple people.

Dana Whitaker said...

I'm proud that, as an American, I have the right (or maybe the duty) to vote in elections other than the big one every four years. I have the right to support or protest causes every single day. Am I sometimes vastly unhappy with the choices made by our elected leaders and/or my fellow citizens? You betcha. But I'm confident in the fact that I can express my displeasure about those things without being punished by the people in power, and I have the right to give my opinion or my time and effort to change things that I think are wrong. I didn't need the election this week to make me proud, and if I'm only proud on the first Tuesday in November in years that are divisible by 4, that's not a good commentary on my national pride.