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View Diary: Are you still 'proud to be an American?' I'm not so sure (88 comments)

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  •  We're Americans, we can be proud of anything. (0+ / 0-)

    Think about that statement.
    We are expected to be proud no matter what our government or people do.  This is absurd.

    Are our critical thinking skills really that bad? Can we not see the distinction between taking pride and being proud?
     Do I have to be condemed for saying that there are an awful lot of things about this country that do not give me any reason to be proud.

    I can only take pride in working to make things better.
    I can see some value in nationalism, but too often it is used as a tool to manufacture consent for war and stoke jingoistic pride while destroying another nation as was done in Iraq.  

    So maybe we do have some things to be proud of, but if we cannot acknowledge  those things we should be ashamed of, then, welll that's not something to be proud of.

    Prove me wrong and I'll change my mind.

    by willbjett on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 07:59:00 AM PDT

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