The Democratic Underground Post Of The Day: Ashamed To Be An American?
Liberals often complain that they’re unfairly pegged as being unpatritic. But of course, the reason liberals have that reputation is because so many of them ARE UNPATRIOTIC. That’s not to say ALL LIBERALS are unpatriotic, that’s certainly not true, but the “I hate America crowd” has definitely found a home on the left.
For example, take a look at a thread called “All Things Considered… Are You Proud To Be An American?“.
As of the time that I’m writing this post, 33% of the DU said they were “mostly” or “definitely” proud to be an American. On the other hand, 64% of the DU said they were not really” (45%) or “definitely not” (19%) proud to be Americans.
Now read what some of Duer’s who’d likely fall in that “not proud to be an American” category have to say about the country that they “love”. Not too impressive…
Bryan: “Not really”. I’ve almost developed a certain shame about being an American over the past few years. When I talk with foreign citizens, no matter the subject, I become withdrawn and almost apologetic; there’s no way I can justify the things that have been done in our collective name by this administration.
I do, however, feel lucky to be an American, and I look forward to a time when I won’t be ashamed to say that I’m American.”
dumpster_baby: “Pride in Country/Patriotism is just manipulation by the elite institutions. I have moved beyond all that crap. I have no pride in my country, not really. I see myself as an owner of America, along with my fellow citizens. I think America should be run for the benefit of the majority of the people.
Just imagine a business owner who hires a manager, and when he asks where the profits are, the manager says, “Ask not what your business can do for you, but ask what you can do for your business.”
Uh, f*ck that sh*t…”
bandera: “I got over patriotism some time in the early ’60s. Between being in the marines and enduring the brainwashing BS they put out and watching the civil rights marchers being attacked by dogs and redneck cops, I got the idea that the good old USofA wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. The war in Vietnam, which I was asked to extend my enlistment to participate in, (I refused), was the capper for me.
I don’t consider getting born by happenstance in any particular place a matter of great achievement. My mother was a Brit born of an Irish immigrant to England. Hell, I could have born in any number of places the British Empire was exploiting if my grandmother hadn’t decided to pull up stakes and make for England then Canada and then the USA.
“Patriotism is the most foolish of passions, and the passion of fools.” Schopenhauer.”
starroute: “I stopped being proud of being an American somewhere around 1959. When I realized most of the rest of the world didn’t like us very much — and for good reason.
Since then, it’s been a matter of holding on tight and hoping that the country doesn’t fall to the dark side entirely.”
Shiru: “Definitely not. I didn’t choose to be here, and if I had a choice I wouldn’t be here.”
Dangerman: “I voted “Definitely not”. Bush invaded a defenseless country under false pretexts, our soldiers and innocent Iraqi are murdered over there everyday, the administration and Homeland Security scared us sh*tless with orange-level terror alerts, half the country have been brainwashed by FAUX NEWS, and or course the Patriot Act.
Can you blame me?
I just pray my opinion will change IF Kerry is elected.
For now, it’s more “ashamed” than “proud” to be an American.”