If I thought America was as awful as you seem to, I'd be calling my Canadian buddies and telling them to expect company...
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Here's your post:
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
If you had read my earlier posts on this thread, you would know. I had the opportunity to do so twice. I decided not to so that I could put my money where my mouth was and try to make it better, because I don't care about "America." I care about people. And there are people here who suffer a lot, don't need to, and I can help change that. I can affect more positive change by staying where change is more needed than by leaving and being content. I was happier living abroad, but I wasn't as meaningful.
First of all, if you are not proud of those things, then you can't really be ashamed of that "last to civil rights" thing you mentioned several pages back. You weren't there.
Second of all, it doesn't matter if you were there to PERSONALLY sign the constitution. By participating in certain institutions and privileges, you are helping to perpetuate the rights that those people you admire helped instill. I am proud to vote. I am proud to not be banned from clubs because I'm Jewish. I am proud to associate myself with all the positive characteristics ascribed to Americans. Are all of them unique? No. But who cares? Like I said, I'd be proud of I were Swedish, but I don't feel Swedish.
Third of all, here's the methodology for HDI: http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDI_methodology.pdf
Fourth...AHHHH now we're getting to the root of the matter. Ultimately, you believe that the bad in America outweighs the good, and THAT informs your opinion on American patriotism, etc. We could have started with this and saved a lot of time.
Last edited by Jeezy; 06-26-11 at 02:07 AM.
Originally Posted by Josie
I'm not ashamed of our history. Disappointed, maybe. What I'm ashamed of is the bad things going on now, which I have tried to affect but have so far failed to. Thus, it applies to me.
I have lived in countries I was far happier with. I considered moving there permanently. I still wasn't "proud." Even though I affected society, I had nothing to do with what that plot of land calls itself. I was appreciative, though.
What kind of STUPID ****ing question is THIS!?!?! Im poor and god damn PROUD to be an American!!!!!
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