Proud To Be An American
a cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man. Opposing opinions are welcome, but are wrong. As always, please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid head.
I just responded to a Facebook comment and was reticent to do so. It was a response to a comment on a post which among other things was addressing disappointment at our candidates for President in the next election.
Someone commented that they were ashamed to be an American.
I replied that I was proud to be an American. I was a little concerned to make such a comment because I didn’t want to get into a pissing contest with basement dwellers, which often happens whenever you voice an opinion on a social network. I did not voice an opinion on a Presidential preference, yet I expected this comment could bring angry people from many political sides out of the woodwork.
What have we come to as a people for me to think twice before I state that I am proud to be an American?
Several actors and other big shots, a few whose names I recognize, have claimed that if their choice for President does not win they will leave the country. They are ashamed to be Americans.
President Obama was not my choice as President for the last eight years. I did not threaten to leave the country. I was and am proud to be an American. President Obama was not my choice, but I was proud that our country could get past the race issue and elect an intelligent qualified black man to be the most powerful person in the world.
I was proud then to be an American. I am proud to be an American today.
My country has made many mistakes in its short history, mistakes internally, and mistakes internationally. Most of the mistakes we have made have been made with good intentions. We have also done much good and fought for freedom of others many times.
I am proud to be an American because we are not afraid to take chances in the name of freedom.
I am proud to be an American because we can change our government peacefully, because we are free to speak our minds, and we are free to worship or not worship however we choose. I am proud to be an American because we recognize our faults and our deficiencies, and we strive to fix them…we may differ in how to fix our problems, but for the most part we all want to make our great country even greater.
I am a little ashamed of myself because I even paused to respond to this person who expressed shame at being an American. I was leery to state that I am proud to be an American. Then I thought, “I don’t want to argue it, I don’t intend to reverse another person’s position, I just want to state without animosity that I am proud to be an American." It was simply a response to a person who was proud of being ashamed of America as if it was an intellectually enlightened position.
You can be proud to be an American and still disagree with our leaders, still want even more freedom, still want all citizens to have the opportunity for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness where those opportunities may not exist for everyone today. That is in fact what makes us Americans.
So for all those Americans that are ashamed of their country and are ready to leave it if they do not get their way in the next election, I say that is your right and I do not begrudge you that right. Americans do not have to be proud of their country. You are free to hate all that this country stands for. If your choice for President does not get elected, you are free to take your ball and leave the field. Citizens of many countries do not have this freedom; freedom to disagree, freedom to hate, freedom to voice those opinions of disagreement and hate.
I choose to stay. I choose to accept the will of the people and have faith that whomever is elected, our system will assure that we will remain strong and fair, and free. I choose to be proud to be an American.
I will not respond or plea my case to those who are ashamed to be American and believe everyone should also be ashamed to be American.
I am proud to be an American. I love this country. It is fine to disagree with my position; I just suggest you save your breath and not try to change my opinion. Until those who are ashamed of being American are a majority, I will remain steadfastly PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management...Mrs. Cranky.