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    Nationality is an inborn trait,
    "Inborn" as in genetic in nature? Possibly you mean since it is the culture into which you are born that inculcates "nationalism" and pride in one's country.

    Myself, I was brought up in a catholic military family and even though my mother was an immigrant, and my father the son of an immigrant father, we were Red, White and Blue. This great country has been great to me and my family.

    But I'm not proud of many of the actions of our government. From it's founding through present day, there has been an unrelenting parade of self-serving, greedy, licentious, and criminal "public servants" constantly siphoning off tax dollars into there own and their cronies pockets.

    The fact a large part of this country was built by slave labor at a time when it had disappeared from almost every place else in the world is not something of which we should be proud. The failure of diplomacy in our own country  and the subsequent Civil War to keep alive or finally kill-off slavery should be a point of shame, not pride. And we remain a racist country, by and large.

    I'm not proud of our government's "Indian Wars" and the endless, worthless "treaties" foisted upon them at the point of a gun amounting to Genocide. We stole large parts of this country. Our taste for empire has extended to many places like the Philippines, Panama, many places in the south Pacific, Cuba, etc... Do a search if you want all of them. We can argue that "it was a different time. It wasn't us. We wouldn't do that today." Bullshit.

    Not "proud" of Gitmo. Nor rendition, waterboarding,  drone strikes, discretionary wars, massive amounts of unaccountable money in campaigns, NSA snooping, militarization of the civil police, crumbling infrastructure, the rich getting richer at the expense of the poorest and the middle class. Need I go on?

    So put me down as very grateful to have been born in the greatest country to have EVER existed, but not "proud" of many of the actions of our leaders. There's something rotten in the heart of the U.S. But I would take up arms to defend it if need be.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 07:49:46 PM PDT

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