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Why I Don’t Identify With People Not Proud To Be American by Larry Tomczak

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“And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend Her still today
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
God bless the USA”
– God Bless The U.S.A by Lee Greenwood

A recent Gallup poll disclosed a new low in people identifying as ‘proud to be an American.’ In 2003, 70 percent affirmed positive, patriotic pride. Now it’s 47 percent! Among Democrats, it is only 32 percent.

While I thank God for a nation that gives greater freedom and more opportunities than any place on planet Earth; has a history of unparalleled generosity (a report in 2017 found Americans gave $390 billion to charity, the vast majority from individuals); has set hundreds of millions free from tyranny; and, remains the desired dream destination for peoples worldwide, I’m very much aware of diabolical schemes by evil, extremist and well-funded individuals and groups promoting the destruction of America. There’s also a lot of bloviating blather from spoiled celebrities saying they’d leave the USA if they don’t get their way with their candidate, but they quickly backtrack upon considering what life would be like elsewhere.

The World-Changing “American Experiment”

What might happen if multitudes simply pushed the pause button on the avalanche of criticism and nonstop negativism to focus awhile on our rich heritage and the incredible achievements that have blessed us and benefited billions around the world?

In the book, The 5000 Year Leap – A Miracle That Changed the World, the authors point out that “from the beginning of recorded history until the founding of the American nation, human civilization made relatively little progress. Those who came to the New World in the 1500s and 1600s were still plowing fields behind animals, moving about in ox carts, and hand-weaving cloth the same way they had for thousands of years.”

“Then, beginning with Jamestown and Plymouth, something remarkable happened – the human spirit was set free, creativity flourished and experimentation abounded. Americans were learning how to experience freedom. After the proven principles of liberty were institutionalized by the US Constitution in the 1780s, it took less than 200 years before men were walking on the moon!”

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