Anonymous asked: Totally curious and not trying to sound rude. I've spent my life split between America and Germany, so my experience is not the same as most Americans. I was wondering, why do you love America so much? Why do you think patriotism is such a big thing here?
Despite the government’s best efforts to diminish it, freedom.
This nation does have some skeletons in its closet, and it certainly has its faults. We are, by no means, a perfect society as long as people run it…and especially when those in power stray so far from the founding principles and Constitution that borne it.
But patriotism is prominent in our country because of the values that we hold that are congruent to the values in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We have a free enterprise that gives every American the opportunity to succeed. It is the pursuit of happiness. We have free speech, especially free political speech, and the right to vote for whomever we choose, which is a vital component for a functioning republic. We are a big melting pot, one of great diversity. And we value the spreading of freedom at home and around the world. We are still the “City on the Hill.” As Abraham Lincoln said in the Gettysburg Address, America is a nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”. We believe in individualism.
We are supposed to have a system that rejects feudalism and monarchies, one that believes and thrives in the checks and balance system that works to prevent any one person, faction, region, or government branch from becoming too powerful and, therefore, tyrannical.
And then just look at the landscape of this nation - from sea to shining sea. We have mountains, oceans, plains, cities, deserts, sand dunes, national parks, etc. We are a beautiful country that expands a great deal.
Once people stop believing in the good of our nation and its founding principles, we will no longer be exceptional. We will no longer be that “City on the Hill,” the beacon of hope for so many of our own ancestors that came before us, who came here in hopes for a better, freer life. If we lose these, where will there be for them to go? Nowhere.
God bless our America.