Top 10 Reasons To Be Proud Of The United States

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America is not a perfect country.  Like all nations, it is a collection of human beings, and human beings are notorious for occasionally making bad decisions, being selfish, or otherwise simply blowing it.  However, there is a lot right about this country, though often we get so caught up in the rhetoric, that we miss it.  It’s not that other countries can’t make claims regarding their own unique and positive qualities, or that America is the only country that matters, but I feel compelled to stand up for the nation of my birth.

As a veteran, I thought a top ten list outlining what makes America great might be in order, especially today.  Obviously, critics will be able to name exceptions to almost everything I write here, but I stand by each main point, even if there are failures to be occasionally found.  And so here, in no particular order, is my list — incomplete as it may be — of ten things that makes the USA a great nation.

10.  Generosity

Granted, we are a wealthy nation, so it might be expected that we would pony up first, but the amount of aid we provide other countries when compared to the rest of the industrialized world is remarkable.  Fully one percent of America’s budget goes to help other nations and, while that may not seem all that much, that’s over 26 billion dollars annually to countries around the world (and that figure doesn’t include interest-free and low interest loans).

Now granted, a big chunk of this comes in the form of military assistance—mostly to Israel and Egypt—but most of it goes to aiding countries’ efforts at either rebuilding infrastructure, anti-terrorism efforts, or stopping widespread hunger or disease.  Consider, for example, that in 2011, the U.S gave Kenya and South Africa half a billion dollars each to fight AIDS, malaria, and TB.  What’s truly remarkable is, we even send aid to countries that are antagonistic towards us like Pakistan, Sudan and even North Korea!  What other countries give billions of dollars of aid to countries that don’t even like them?

Yes, some of it ends up going into some foreign dictator’s bank account, and the U.S.—like most countries who provide assistance to other nations—does sometimes let political and strategic considerations determine who gets what and how much.  For the most part though, Americans are a generous lot who are among the first to come to the rescue when disaster or famine strikes, not just with taxpayer dollars, but with private relief efforts as well.

9.  Creativity, Productivity, and Innovation

The number of cutting edge inventions and refinements of existing technologies that have come out of America in the last two hundred years is staggering.  Everything from the airplane (1903) and phonograph (1877), to the drinking straw (1888) and feather duster (1870), have been the by-product of American ingenuity and resourcefulness.  In fact, it’s difficult to imagine any modern convenience or piece of technology that doesn’t have America’s fingerprints all over it.

How big of a fingerprint?  Consider that, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, of the over 4.5 million patents issued since 1790, the United States owns over half of them, or nearly 2.5 million!  Much of this creativity has to be credited to America’s entrepreneurial spirit and quest for knowledge, the two elements essential to getting things done.   Of course, many of America’s finest inventors came here from other countries, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that it was in America that they found the right combination of freedom and financial resources to do amazing things.

8.  Freedom of Religion

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Sadly, history is replete with citizens suffering religious persecution and violence at the hands of both their own government, as well as from other religious groups (and, sometimes, even from factions within their own faith.)  This has rarely been the case in America, however, where citizens are guaranteed the right to worship as they wish—or not worship at all if that is their desire—without fear of being arrested, persecuted, or shunned by the rest of society, as is so often the case in some countries.

That doesn’t mean there haven’t been religious-based tensions from time to time but, for the most part, the degree of religious tolerance in America, especially when compared to many countries, is extraordinary.  Consider, for example, that in parts of the Middle East, one can actually be incarcerated, or even executed, for insulting Islam or making fun of the prophet Mohammad.  No such “heresy” laws exist in this country, and never will.  In fact, this is the one country people can come to find the freedom to practice their religion denied them by their own country.  While some find the preponderance of different denominations, religious practices, and belief systems a negative, it is actually evidence of America’s tolerance and diversity, and proof that in America, everybody is welcome to believe as they wish.

7.  Entrepreneurial Spirit

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The ability of anyone to start a business and become wealthy in this country, as compared to most other nations, is one of the hallmarks of what America is all about.  The United States is replete with stories of immigrants who stepped off the boat at Ellis Island, speaking no English and carrying $10 in their pocket, and who went on to become fabulously wealthy within just a few years.  Of course, there are no guarantees that everyone will succeed, as business failures and bankruptcies are a part of capitalism, but in America even if one fails, they have the chance to dust themselves off and start over again if they wish.  In contrast, most other countries are so over-regulated and heavily-taxed, that it is almost impossible to start a business from the ground up, which is why we see so many people coming to this country to set up shop.

Additionally, it is America’s industrial power that has done much to guarantee the peace over the last century.  Certainly, it would be difficult to imagine the Allies winning two World Wars without the awesome industrial strength of the United States behind them, all of it a by-product of our entrepreneurial spirit.

6.  Compassion in War

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America is no stranger to war, and has suffered through nearly a dozen of them throughout its long history.  However, with a couple of debatable exceptions, America has never started a war, nor has it engaged in wars of conquest, even when it had the opportunity to expand its frontiers considerably.  The Mexican-American war of 1845 is a good example of this; though the brief war ended in a Mexican rout, America not only didn’t annex the country, but quickly withdrew once hostilities ended.  How many countries would have done that?

Further, with the exception of World War II—when, sadly, fire-bombing civilian population centers was practiced by both sides—America generally makes every effort to limit civilian casualties and collateral damage whenever possible, even at considerable cost to itself.  Another of its great strengths is seen in its humane treatment of POWs (which may explain why German soldiers, in the closing days of World War II, preferred to surrender to the Americans rather than the Russians), and its willingness to assist its defeated enemies to rebuild after victory.  The most noteworthy example of this was the Marshall Plan that rebuilt most of Europe—particularly war-ravaged Germany—at a cost of some $44.3 billion in grants and loans over a period of five years (nearly $400 billion in today’s dollars).


Compare this to how the Soviet Union treated its former enemies; it demanded—and received—reparations from the conquered nations of Eastern Europe under its control, nearly equal to that provided by the Marshall Plan.  This not only further crippled their already devastated economies, but delayed their recovery by decades.

5.  Guardianship of Democracy

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America’s willingness to defend democracy and prevent oppressive regimes from expanding their totalitarian rule around the world, often at great cost in terms of lives, resources, and money, is one of the hallmarks of America.  Its willingness to take the lead in defending democracies whenever they are threatened, as was the case with Western Europe during the Cold War, and of getting involved in humanitarian efforts, even when they were not to our advantage to do so (such as in Somalia in 1992 or Kosovo in 1997), is legendary.

It doesn’t always end in success, of course (i.e. Vietnam and Somalia), but the willingness to stand up to tyranny and oppression is unique among nations throughout history, who have oftentimes been all-too-willing to turn a blind eye to genocide and oppression if it weren’t in their strategic interest to get involved.  Yes, we’ve been burned a few times in the process and, unfortunately, have been willing to prop up oppressive, anti-Communist regimes over the years but, for the most part, America tries to get it right.  To get an idea of how valuable its contribution has been, imagine the 20th Century without the United States taking an active role in world affairs.  Scary, huh?

4.  Ability to Right Past Wrongs

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As I wrote in the opening, America is not a perfect country.  It has made mistakes in the past, and doubtlessly will in the future.  What makes it great, however, is its ability to admit when it is in error, and change the way it does things.  It’s not always pretty, and it may take some time to work through the process but, once it identifies something about itself that needs to be changed—be it slavery, segregation, racism, etc.—it eventually does the right thing.

It’s also willing, albeit begrudgingly at times, to admit to past mistakes and attempt to redress those wrongs; for example, America has repeatedly acknowledged its oppression of Native Americans, and has worked diligently to redress the issue.  Additionally, in 1988, Congress passed legislation that apologized for the grievous error it made in judgment when interning some 110,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II; they even paid out $1.6 billion dollars in reparations to their descendants, to compensate for lost business and property.  In contrast, many countries to this day not only refuse to make amends to those who suffered under their care, but in many cases even refuse to admit to their sordid past at all, preferring instead to live in a state of denial.

3.  Ability to Meld Different Cultures

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America’s historic role as a melting pot of many different cultures is unique among nations on the planet, who tend to naturally segregate their populations according to race and religion.  As a result, people today, of many different ethnic or religious backgrounds, proudly identify themselves as Americans.  Meanwhile, in some other countries, people still identify themselves according to their culture, language, religion, or ethnicity.

This process did not come easily or quickly, of course, for the natural inclination of human beings is to shun those outside of “the tribe”, but because of the unique character of this country, such divisions proved to be impractical, and they eventually fell by the wayside.  This was most fortunate; consider what the history of this country would have been like had it broken into numerous nation-states based on ethnicity, religion, and culture.  Most likely there wouldn’t even be a United States today, but a plethora of small and mid-sized countries much like we see in Europe, with all the strife such divisions naturally manifest.

This melding also has the advantage of making American society a unique blend in which each assimilated culture brings a touch of itself to the table, much in the same way that adding different spices to a dish creates a unique taste all its own.

2.  Culture

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The impact of American music, literature and entertainment on the cultures of other nations cannot be underestimated.  When people turn on their television sets in Abu Dhabi, South Korea or Brasil, chances are they’re watching an American sitcom or drama that has been dubbed into their language; when they turn on their radios, or plug in their iPod, there’s a pretty good chance they’re listening to an American singer or musician; when they go to the movies, it’s often an American film they’re going to see.

This has had the effect of spreading Western concepts of freedom and personal liberty around the world, igniting democratic movements and making America a driving force for change—especially among the young.  They may be part of the reason that 80% of the countries on this planet are either democracies or proto-democracies; a sharp contrast to the beginning of the twentieth century, when the world’s great democracies numbered fewer than a dozen.  Despite a lot of America bashing over the decades, apparently people still like what they see, which is why so many are willing to risk deportation and, in some cases, even imprisonment, to come here.

1.  Beauty

There are many places of breath-taking beauty around the globe, with each country lying claim to its own natural wonders and extraordinary scenery, but no one country possesses such a broad range of natural wonders as does the United States.  Stretching from California in the West, to New England in the East, the United States of America covers an area of 3.79 million square miles, making it the third largest nation on Earth, by area.  Also, the U.S. is as diverse as it is huge, containing expansive national parks and vibrant cities which are visited by foreign tourists, local visitors and business travelers alike.

In what other country on the planet can you go from snow-capped mountain peaks to white sandy beaches, and from the desert to forested mountains, all within a few hours driving time of each other?  That’s why America is one of the top tourist attractions for foreigners; few of whom have anything like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Everglades, or Pikes Peak back home.

How popular are we?  According to the U.N.’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), each year the U.S. consistently places second on the list of the top ten most visited countries (second only to – who else – France), with a whopping 60 million foreign visitors coming to our shores each year.  Not bad for a country everyone loves to hate.


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205 Comments

  1. Mistress Sensible on

    Oh my god, where do I start? Number 3 is particularly deluded/scary, but number 6? Compassion in war?? Are you freaking kidding me? The US never started any wars? What about erm…the IRAQ WAR (round 2)? Also, your statement that the US has been involved in ‘about a dozen’ wars is ludicrous. I counted about 117, but there’s debate about the exact number.

    Now the bit that really offends me: This idea that hardly any civilians get hurt in your wars. For a start, the US invented the term ‘Collateral damage’ so that it didn’t have to say ‘civilian deaths’. The atrocities carried out by US troops in Vietnam are unspeakable. The treatment of detainees in the ‘war on terror’ was sickening.

    The US has done more damage to international law preventing torture than any other country. It invented the phrase ‘enemy combatants’ to avoid the Geneva Conventions specifically so that it could torture thousands of innocent Afghan shepherds and detain people for years without charge.

    By all means, be proud of your country, but try to take off your rose tinted spectacles first. There is no compassion in war, especially one waged by Americans.

    • Lee Standberry on

      I think that a lot of folks are missing the point on this. There is no doubt whatsoever that there have been and continues to be incidents perpetrated by the US that cannot be construed as “compassionate’. However, there are plenty of incidents on the other side of the coin as well. In fact, American military troops have been placed in considerable harm in any number of armed conflicts because of rules of engagement that were in place to protect civilians, all the while making American soldiers vulnerable. Wars are not nice and terrible things happen. I think, overall, if you carefully examine America’s record in armed conflicts, you will find more instances of ‘compassion’ (though thats not the word i would use) than you would of outright atrocities.

  2. Mr.Anonymous on

    I love how all these anti American people just LOVE to point out all of America’s faults. I’m not saying we don’t have any, but please, tell me more about how you’re so much better and have such a higher moral standard. Every country has done their fair share of terrible things. Why should America take all the blame for it? Yes, there was slavery. EVERY country had it (Some still do) at one point or another. “Oh look American fast food is getting other countries fat!” Please. They wouldn’t be there if the masses didn’t like them. Everyone is slagging us for being proud of our country on our own independence day. BIG FREAKING DEAL! You tell me you’re never proud of what your country does on your independence day? It’s like slagging Jesus on Christmas. Sure this list is a bit naive, but don’t pretend all other countries are so much better and have a morally higher ground. Don’t tell me the world would be better if America didn’t exist. It’s completely wrong. It’s not true. Moving on. Have a nice day.

    • I don’t get patriotism. Your nationality is an accident of birth. People shouldn’t be proud of what their “country” has done, or what other people have done who happen to share the same passport. You should only be proud of what YOU have achieved in your life. Don’t take credit for other people’s achievements. If an American bragged to me that “WE did this” and “WE gave the world that”, I say, “Really, did YOU!?” .

  3. The USA is a fine country, as long as the people in it don’t think it’s superior to any other country. I’m not a hater. There are many things about the US that I like. It sometimes just sucks when on the international stage, they give off this aura of how superior they think they are, and how everyone should fall in line behind them. That’s my only beef with the country. Other than that, the music, the sports legends, the babes, the food, are all awesome.

    • Some Americans can be braggarts and arrogant, but most of us know our country has flaws. We are proud of what we have done right and regret the things we have done wrong. Like every other country, we have some great people and some not so great people. Try focusing on the better portion, everyone.

    • Nobody likes arrogant people, and your country is FULL of it. Yes, you have made wonderful things, but constantly bragging about them makes you the most hateful people on world. Argentinians are just like you, and they are hated on all South America… Being proud of your country is good, bragging is not

  4. Mr. Sergio C on

    America is the greatest country on the planet…. but even though America has addressed SOME of the racial issues they have YET to give reparations the the descendants of the slaves for over 200 years of forced slavery.

    They have given to everybody else that were “wronged” but have systematically ignored the African American. Remember the 40 acres and a mule?

  5. Listen folks . Which country wud ever risk the lives of its troops to fight against insurgents for other countries so far from it. obviously no one is compassionate enough but Great America. God Bless America.

  6. The French know how to have a great time. April Fool’s Day is a big event there. But one Frenchman went a little too far in 1987. He visited a home for senior citizens in Paris one April Fools Day. He would knock on each occupant’s door and when it opened he would scream out “THERE’S A GERMAN BEHIND YOU.!”–There were reportedly several heart attacks before he was asked to leave.

  7. I actually think that the same list could be said about any Western European country

  8. “Creativity, Productivity, and Innovation”: Outsourcing *everything* and 24×7 work hours

    “Compassion in War: sell the little country weapons. Then invade, blow them to bits, and then rebuild. All on the taxpayers dime.

    “Generosity” : CEO’s of large corporations now, on average, make 231 times more money than their employee base. This is a result of the entrepreneurial spirit gone ferile.

    “Beauty”: ANYWHERE on this planet where the human population is low, is beautiful.

  9. Archie Leach on

    The part about the Mexican-American war is so hilarious.

    There’s a truth to what transpired with that war and what was written about it here wasn’t it.

  10. Archie Leach on

    The international presence of mcPUKE goes to show the bounds of stupidity has no borders.

  11. ___UNBELEIVABLE__this article pure propaganda __ desinformation and bunch of lies for the uneducated ignorant ____ A few little corrections, Glorious USA carpet bombed more than 50 countries since 1947(end of the second world war) ___ the reconstruction contracts never completed were complete frauds, endebting the country forever___ Democracy where, NONE of the countries bombed have real democracy (not even US where only the millionnaires have access to decisions and not the people), Glorious USA mostly did the opposite, destroy democracy and install a dictator or puppet, only a complete stupid will beleive that Karzai in Afghanistan was installed in a honest democracy ___ or Pinochet in Chili ___ Slavery standardized after the genocide of the American indians ___And now, the standardisation of torture with the greatest war criminals and serial killers ever being BushCheneyRumsfeld which will never be prosecuted as the court in LaHague is also controlled by Glorious criminal USA ___ Freedom of religion my eye, for the Jew maybe certainly not for the Muslims under permanent survey by the FBI and CIA _______ Glorious USA is a total collapse financially socially democratically and politically bankrupt, and by being completely corrupt, briging other countries with it ____ Of course Something to be proud of . ____ Have a nice Day folks.

    • What a mess to try to read this garbage. Hurts the brain just looking at it and trying to pierce together what you are trying to say.

      As far as Bush and co. being the greatest war criminals ever…that completely invalidates everything you say and makes you seem either completely ignorant or completely stupid. Neither one is a bright spot. Stalin was responsible for killing more people on accident than Bush ever ordered dead on purpose.

  12. This list is a joke. I don’t want to go into each point, but

    2 – Culture: McDonalds and big fat burgers. That’s all you have. Don’t get me started on the “concepts of personal liberty”. Learn some history.

    4 – Ability to Right Past Wrongs: Not true. The US are a very rascist country, just go to a Rez or towns nearby and you see. Also, the history has NOT been corrected. There are still things like honorary medals for war criminals! And for example Leonard Peltier is still being held in prison for being a Native American.

    5 – Guardianship of Democracy: Nobody wants the US to guard anything. Just close your bases and go home. Nobody wants your soldiers. You don’t bring democracy, you bring capitalism and decay. Go home.

    6 – Compassion in War: Oh, yes, Hiroshima. Killing millions with atomic weapons is very compassionate… Iraque and Afghanistan: American soldiers involved in torture, american soldiers killing children… oh, you are SO compassionate!

    Whatever, patriots are always idiots, whichever country they are from.

    • Newsflash: Leonard Peltier is famous for being Native American activist, but he’s in JAIL for murdering two FBI agents. He even admitted to shooting at them, but denied being responsible for their deaths. Last I checked taking pot-shots at federal agents (or anyone for that matter) is still enough to land you some major time in prison.

  13. What I mostly dislike about “Americans” is the arrogancy in calling yourself that way… I mean, America is a continent not a country! You call the citizens living in South and Center America “Latin” and that’s so stupid, would you like it if we called you “Anglo-NorthAmerican” and besides, the English languaje also took some words from Latin. Anyways we usually call you “Estadounidense” (unitedstatesean would be a literal traduction) which is much more accurate way to call yourselves (and use “gringo” when we want to insult you :-P).
    By the way, this isn’t intended to start a war, I have nothing against your country, it’s just that I always found infuriating to read or listen to you using that terms

    • If America is so bad why is everybody trying to get here? Stay in your own country and don’t worry about what we call ourselves. Yes,you call us gringos and we call you wetbacks-You’re correct about that but do you know why there are no swimming pools in Mexico? It’s because anyone who can swim is over here in AMERICA.

      • “Dennis S” = “If America is so bad why is everybody trying to get here?” Cause not “everybody” is trying to get to murca….. people from Latin America are migrating into the United States cause it’s the easiest economically wealthy place for Latin Americans to get to. For Africans and Middle Easterners and South Asians, Western Europe is their choice to migrate to because it’s the easiest and most convenient economically wealthy place for folks in those places to go to. Russia is inundated with Central Asians because Russia is right next to the impoverished Central Asian countries and Russia is economically wealthy in comparison so Central Asians flood into Russia. And SURPRISE: China has tens of thousands of Africans – some estimate there are hundreds of thousand other illegal African migrants – because China has relatively lax migration laws for Africans and China is relatively economically wealthy in comparison to their homes in Africa. Oh and China also has a number of Filipino and Vietnamese and Indonesian migrants cause…. well cause China is relatively wealthy in comparison to the Philipines, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc. The “EVERYONE wants to move to murca” is old.

      • I am not Mexican but Uruguayan, and my brother is living in your country since 2001 but I would never live there (even though my brother says that he misses me), I love my country ^^
        By the way, nice joke! I have one too, do you know why a “gringo” died? because he couldn’t pay the bill… My country is a third world one, we are only 3 million people, but we have free healthcare for everybody

        • Jedah

          I woke up this morning after a restless night of wondering where you lived. And now I won’t be able to sleep again tonight because you said you would never live here.That’s a big loss for us. But at least it will mean one less thief to worry about.

    • The problem with your post is that we are called Americans by people all over the world even by people that don’t like us. When the terrorists are shouting “Death to America!” do you think they are talking about Brazil? The only people that take any umbrage to people from the United States being called Americans seems to be the people in the Latin countries that no one talks about for any reason other than rampant crime.

  14. Aleksandar Miles on

    Number 6 – i don’t remember that i ever read something so full of lies :

    Never started a war ? – just about 60 of them in 20th century alone .

    Never engaged in wars of conquest ? – what about war with Spain 1901 ?

    ” withdrew from Mexico in 1845 and didn’t annex ” ? – America attacked Mexico,annexed half of it’s territory and we are still waiting for you to withdrew from California,Texas,New Mexico,Arizona and all other US occupied land .

    And on ” humane treatment ” for civilian population i’m sure people of Vietnam,Iraq,Serbia,Libya and others are very grateful for all napalm and depleted uranium you sent .

  15. some that have been described a lot of lies. america and the ‘one country hypocrite. only makes their own interests. goes to war where he pretends to bring democracy while killing civilians and establish banks and their business. whitewash history forever. have sacrificed the citizens of September 11 and other strages controlled by them to appear desperate in the eyes of others. think only of money. medical care cost so much. and then it has always done very bad things in history. Unfortunately, the American people have no guilt. the monster ‘to their government. the institution. who are slaves of the lobby and Israel.

  16. Couldn’t care less about what people from other nations think about us. Sorry, but we love our country, period. Like everything, even we as a nation we are not perfect. Shocking ! But I believe the USA is the best country in the world. I love Canada too. Those are two best countries in the world IMO. ;))

  17. I haven’t slept well in years worried about what people in other countries think about the USA.

  18. Sorry, but the airplane was created by a Brazilian called Santos Dummond, search for that..
    However I don´t deny that American society gave many things to humankind.

    • Sorry again, but Santos Dummond designed his first fixed wing aircraft in 1905 (a full 2 years after the Wright Brothers had already achieved powered flight) and would not actually fly one of his designed aircraft until the following year. Santos-Dumont designed, built, and flew the first practical dirigible, though even in this area, the actual concept was initially put forward by someone else, they just did not have the funding to further pursue it.

  19. im a american speaking for us americans .. we try to help countries and we always end up the bad guys every single time … maybe when one day another country tries to take your little 3rd world country over and you scream for help from us to save your skin maybe we should turn a blind eye and not care but of course us being americans we will care and try to help you anyway we can anyways even if you don’t like us.

    • The US helped people??? The USA have been installing fascist governments all around the world for more than hundred years. Italy after WWII, Pinochet in Chile, Nicaragua and so on and so on. The only time you come for “help” is when there is oil or financial interests. Especially South America has extremly suffered from US interference. And right now the US (hand in hand with Germany) provoked a conflict with Russia in the Ukraine. You just can’t stop and leave other countries live in peace, can’t you?
      I don’t dislike Americans, I know a lot of really nice people there. But your government and your foreign affairs just stink. Stop defending it. It is never a good sign when the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a country are soldiers, bombs and guns.

      • That green disease called envy is eating your insides out. It’s like a cancer growing in you. there you are in some half-wit country that can’t even defend itself. Live with the envy. That’s all that’s left for foreign trash. It’s odd to me that you America haters seldom identify the country your in. You must be ashamed.

        • Haha, no. In fact I’m from a rich country in the middle of Europe. Standard of living is a lot higher than in the US. And hey, we don’t need to defend ourselves because we don’t make enemies. Simple truth: don’t go to war, don’t invade, don’t torture and you don’t have enemies!
          And: I don’t believe any country can be “half-wit”… Saying this makes you seem very racist. I guess you are the typical stereotype: white, male, not very successful in life but very very proud to be American? White trash?
          I’m not proud of my country, it’s just the place I live in. To base pride on being randomly born in a specific country is something I detest. One can only be proud of what one achieves. And I would say the same if I were born in the US. I’d never be a patriot of any sort. Patriots are idiots.

        • Haha, no. In fact I’m from a rich country in the middle of Europe. Standard of living is a lot higher than in the US. And hey, we don’t need to defend ourselves because we don’t make enemies. Simple truth: don’t go to war, don’t invade, don’t torture and you don’t have enemies!
          And: I don’t believe any country can be “half-wit”… Saying this makes you seem very racist. I guess you are the typical stereotype: white, male, not very successful in life but very very proud to be American? White trash?
          I’m not proud of my country, it’s just the place I live in. To base pride on being randomly born in a specific country is something I detest. One can only be proud of what one achieves. And I would say the same if I were born in the US.

        • It’s such a great country but you refuse to give us the name because you know there will be peals of laughter from every direction.First of all there are no rich countries in central Europe. And the living standards are dirt poor. And you’re a typical disease ridden peon and if you really are in central Europe,and I doubt it, you’re urinating down you pants because the Big Bear is staring down it’s gunsight at you and being cowards you have noway to protect yourself. As far as accomplishments, I’m a totally disabled veteran who has authored a book that has just passed 12,000 in sales at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Books a million. Not many yet but it’s growing. Now have someone read this to you.

        • No, I’m not urinating myself… And I’m not a disease ridden peon. But the fact that you see the rest of the world as “disease ridden peons” speaks for itself. And no, I don’t want to quarrel with you. I’m sorry that you are disabled. But that does not make your claims valid and I don’t like your words.
          If you think there are no wealthy countries in central Europe then you should check your map. I live in Austria, and we got something the US have not: a functioning social system, health care and so on. Same goes for Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia etc. But I don’t know if you have a map in which there are the names for the countries or if you only have one that says “good” for USA and “bad enemy” for the rest of the world. You seem to think the world is a ghetto and the USA is the homeland of the blessed, rich and good. Sorry, but I have to tell you: it is not. And the “Big Bear” is not staring at me at gunpoint, definitely not. Why would they? They are intervening in the Ukraine, yes. But as a reaction for German and American aggression. From a Russian point of view they have every right to not support the nationalistic new regime of Ukraine. I would not be happy about a fascist state in my neighbourhood either and the fact that the Nato supported and initiated this “revolution” makes it really disgusting. Did you think Russia would only watch and stay quiet while the Nato is surrounding them with rockets??? I don’t want the Nato, I don’t want any warfare, I just want to live in peace with my neighbours. Believe it or not, we get along just fine and we don’t need you to protect us from each other.

  20. Jayo–I like the way you know just what others think and how they feel. You must have been blessed by God to have such insight. It borders on the supernatural. No,I don’t think the rest of the world is a ghetto. I’ve seen a lot of the world. Some places I liked very much (such as the Philippines). Some I did not. You reveal your ignorance of the world in your comments. You talk about German aggression but yet you are German if you’re not lying about where you are. As I recall,your great minefuehrer was Austrian. Great until the USA kicked his butt.

    • Yes, Hitler was Austrian, I’m not proud of that and I will never defend anything about this part of Austrian history. Not only Hitler, a lot of Austrians and Germans have been responsible for crimes that should never happen again. I believe that everyone on this planet is equal and has the same rights. That is why I hate everything about patriotism. It is the first step to nationalism and fasciscm. I just do not understand why being randomly born in one country would make me hate the people that are born in any other country.

      PS: The USA did not really kick Hitlers butt, they joined in after it was already clear that Germany will be loosing the war. They just tried to make sure that they played a role in the economic future of Europe and to limit Russias influence. They wanted a piece of the cake. If the US would not have intervened the war would have lasted a little bit longer but Hitler would have lost anyway. So thank you for nothing.
      And no, I’m not German. Yes, I live in Austria, I was born here and my native language is German. But I am not German and I will never define myself as either German or Austrian. It is too late for that, it is the 21st century.

  21. GREAT BRITAIN on

    There is not 1 nation “””on EARTH””” whose history, inventions, creativity and consistency can ever and will ever match the UNITED KINGDOMs. The empires came and went: Egyptian, Roman, American etc. Today it’s Russia shaking the whole world. But the greatest empire EVER remains the BRITISH Empire. That will NEVER change.

    At some point in history, the BRITISH flag was being waved on more than half of the EARTH. I repeat, half of our planet was once under the BRITISH flag. Fact & bitter Truth.

    No single nation (not even Russia today) can achieve such feat.

    I can argue that even the real Americans were BRITISH. So America remains a BRITISH son until tomorrow. You consider America greater than Britain today? Okay. But no father wants to be greater than his son! Yet not even America will EVER be greater than the UK until JESUS CHRIST comes back.

    Listen folks, the hand of GOD is upon this great nation. Its called “GREAT” for a reason.

    You have States, we have a Kingdom! What does GOD have? A KINGDOM.

    What more? We use the strongest Passport in the world! You are a citizen of a country. Okay. We belong to a CONTINENT called Europe!

    Lets go back to our travel documents. Check your American Passport, the bird on the Passport page is stagnant. What does it signify? – No movement! Look at the bird on our BRITISH Passport still flying so high. I have not even talked about the CROWNS right in front of our Passport…signifies ROYALTY.

    Think about a tiny Island nation still dominating in the affairs of the world till tomorrow. Please recognise the GRACE of GOD when you see it otherwise it may elude you.

    A tiny Island nation!!! What is the size of America please?

    Please Mr America! Respect your Dad.

    PROUDLY BRITISH.

  22. GREAT BRITAIN on

    I will not watch my son who I trained so well and led him to FREEDOM disdain Daddy. It is unGODly and I know I trained you a GOD-fearing son.

    Respect your roots son!!!!!!!

  23. HaHa-If it had not been for the USA you proud Brits would be goose-stepping and eating sauerkraut 3 times a day. Enough said.

  24. Hey Great Britain. Didn’t anyone ever tell you that you never go full retard? I am bound to think you are just a troll because no one could be that stupid.

  25. GREAT BRITAIN on

    Can I just remind you that the ‘English Language’ the world (including the USA our ‘humble’ son) speak has a home called ENGLAND.

    The TRUTH is bitter, we all know that.

    If you so hate us, change your language! You could start from that.

    America please “Honour thy father and thy mother (GREAT BRITAIN): that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee!” – Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:2.

    Can I also say that the negligence of this GREAT commandment could be the reasons for your earthquakes, land slides, tornadoes, hurricanes, bush fires, sink holes etc.

    We love you as a son but you MUST honour your parent-nation.

    I repeat, we LOVE you Son! But you have no choice but to honour us and our neighbours.

    You can’t even disrespect FRANCE, they helped make America possible!

  26. Oh the irony behind the photo used for number 6 ‘Compassion In War’, the baby the soldier is holding was burned by napalm, which the Americans dropped on Vietnam. Look at the babies legs and feet, those are napalm burns.

  27. What do people mean when they say they’re proud? I always thought it was based on what people do, like developing a successful business or saving a family from a fire. I’m not sure if claiming ownership of natural beauty is something to be “proud” of. If we made that natural beauty it would be different, but we didn’t. We just claim to own it and it doesn’t set us apart either because you can find natural beauty all over the world. I don’t think any of the other items on your list set’s us apart either… so I’m still looking for reasons.

    • Susan Garcia on

      Nigel, we the people take care of our land to preserve it, develop successful businesses/inventions, lend a hand to our neighbors in harms way, value our varied traditions, strive to be better . . . and have a right to be proud. I’m sorry you are not proud if you are an American, and I would wonder why you are living here. His opening sentence “It’s not that other countries can’t make claims regarding their own unique and positive qualities, or that America is the only country that matters, but I feel compelled to stand up for the nation of my birth” was a beautiful introduction.

      • I’m living here because I LIKE living here. I raised my family here and I am GRATEFUL for living here. Not proud but grateful, big difference. It means I can appreciate the advantages and be thankful for them without having to beat my chest because I happened to have been born here (as if being born somewhere takes talent). And yes, the introduction was beautiful and there is certainly much to appreciate… I just don’t think there’s anything to be “proud of” on a national level, unless the point is to give the thousands of Americans in prison for rape and murder a reason to be proud… they are after all, just as American as you and me.

  28. “America has never started a war, nor has it engaged in wars of conquest,
    even when it had the opportunity to expand its frontiers considerably.”

    You must have forgotten about all those wars initiated by, first, the colonists and then the fledgling American nation to seize native territory.

    The U.S. has destroyed more democratic movements than any other country in the world. It has also supported more dictatorships than any other country in the world.

    Nothing to be proud of.