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3 Reasons Why You Should be Proud to be an American

November 27th, 2008

We live in the greatest country to ever exist and I am very thankful for that. America has plenty of faults, but it still best place in the world to live. I am thankful for America for many reasons today, but here are my top 3.


1. We live in a country today that can now say that anybody can aspire to be president. Barack Obama’s election to the office of president is a great thing for America. I am proud that we as Americans have started to put race behind us and elect officials based on who they are. For this I am very thankful today.

2. We have the freedom of religion in America. It does not matter what you believe, you are free to worship how you please in America. That is not the case in many places around the world. Many people are persecuted for what they believe all over this globe. I believe that each of us should be allowed to chose what we believe, and nobody should be able to take that away. I am thankful that I live in a country where that can’t happen.

3. I am very thankful for each and every man and woman that is serving or has served in the military. Each of you are the reason that the first two things are true. The sacrifice that you have made is what makes me free. I am extremely grateful for everyone who has fought and died so that I could live a better life today. You are what makes this the greatest country this world has ever known.

I could have gone on forever on this list of things I am thankful for, but I am cutting it short to leave you room. Tell me what you are thankful for today in the comments below.

Update

Due to the response I have gotten from this post I decided to do a follow-up on why I am patriotic but you don’t have to be.

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  1. bill
    November 27th, 2008 at 11:54 | #1

    1)We live in a country today that can now say that anybody can aspire to be president (after the elction of Obama)

    Well, actually you previously elected a retard, that pretty much meant anyone could get that job. It is as much of a reason as the one provided.
    2)We have Freedom of Religion. It does not matter what you believe, you are free to worship how you please in America.

    With the exception that if you are muslim your mosque may be attacked but no one will care. Muslim is used as an insult in the USA, (please see the Obama v McCain debacle). So basically yes you have freedom of religion but the only religion that gets respect is Christianity and a really preverted version of christianity at that.
    3)I am very thankful for each and every man and woman that is serving or has served in the military.

    What? including all those involved in Abu Ghraib, the puppy thrower? how about those that carried out My Lai?

  2. Tom
    November 27th, 2008 at 14:54 | #2

    I am thankful we live in a country where even an asshole like Bill can express his views.Bill, let me know when you are moving out of this country; I would love to help you pack.

  3. Kurt
    November 27th, 2008 at 17:53 | #3

    Too bad that we don’t have freedom from religion as well. If you let the fundies know that you don’t believe in their angry eye-in-the-sky, they tend to get quite nasty about it.

  4. gary
    November 27th, 2008 at 20:11 | #4

    “I could have gone on forever” … but I can only think of 3 things…

  5. November 27th, 2008 at 20:22 | #5

    “but I am cutting it short to leave you room.” - You should have read the rest of the sentence and then contributed something useful.

  6. Nabil Al-Murabit
    November 27th, 2008 at 22:59 | #6

    Greatest country my ass. America is where it is today because it was the only major country that didn’t suffer any substantial damage to its manufacturing base during WWI and II. That coupled with an unrivaled military expenditure and there you have it. As far at “that one” being president, it think the reason for his win was that his competition ran a campaign that sucked.

  7. Kenzi
    November 29th, 2008 at 15:18 | #7

    How’s that for a bunch of whiny entitled Americans? No one else is thankful for anything?

    My God, my husband, my family, good health, friends, my country, vacation days, a roof over my head, nice meals, employment, lower gas prices, my dogs, a warm bed, Derek’s blog . . . those are a few things I’m thankful for. Also, Kurt and Bill, I’m sorry you’ve not experienced genuine Christian love–unfortunately, Jesus Christ is often quite misrepresented by his followers (sometimes myself included)and people who claim to be his followers–I hope someday you witness better behavior. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  8. towerclimber37
    December 2nd, 2008 at 07:02 | #8

    Nabil, we had to fight like hell to make sure we weren’t attacked the second time on the east coast after our pacific fleet was destroyed.
    Its too bad that you can’t see what everyone else sees. We ARE a great country.Our economic market is tied to the whole world simply because of that. we’ve helped so many people in the last 100 years. Your country of birth can’t say that. We’ve done MUCH good and made mistakes along the way. that’s the story of a champion…not a saint.
    where else can a horses ass like yourself obtain free speech? try doing that in India or Pakistan.
    try it in Russia and see what you get!
    Americans understand something that you half assed camel riding butt jockeys don’t…we’re all in this boat together.
    we’ve paid the price many many times for our freedom. you folks don’t seem inclined to pay that cost..not if you can pass it on to someone else. well you can’t. Get over it or continue to be the 3rd world hovel that you are now.
    That being said, I’m thankful for family. I’m also thankful that we still have a military of rough and ready men willing to kill or die for our freedom, just like I was when I was young.
    I’m thankful that my country allows me to worship they way I wish, without attempting to kill me because of my beliefs.
    I’m thankful for so many other things. A good job, a great place to live and the ability to weather any storm life may throw at me.
    Nabil..I don’t dislike you. I don’t even know you..if you’re upset that we live better then you and your countrymen..perhaps you should emulate our belief system instead of just hating us. it’s a bit harder to do..but it’s a lot more rewarding :)

  9. towerclimber37
    December 2nd, 2008 at 07:27 | #9

    Bill,
    yes, I’m thankful for our military. people like you look at only the bad things. that’s why you’re such a loser and a loud mouth.
    when a disaster happens in a foreign country, we send a carrier task force. sorry people like YOU see “Americans trying to extend their unjust hegemony” or some retarded thing like that.
    I see a 2000 bed hospital. a 5000 gallon an hour fresh water source. I also see extra man power to help the civil authorities keep order and maintain peace.
    I see the ability to airlift supplies into that country so that folks don’t need to suffer needlessly, as well as a quick extraction system to get those people to medical aid quickly.
    you’re welcome to believe what you like…but don’t try and sell me a crap sandwich and then call it a steak.

  10. Karen
    December 27th, 2008 at 19:36 | #10

    I am thankful to be an American. I don’t think my country is perfect and I don’t always agree with what it does abroad or even its laws here at home, but I do believe in its ideals even when the reality does not live up to them. Do I believe my country is the greatest in the world? Sometimes and in some ways, yes, in many others, no. Still, it is my country and I’d rather stick around and try to help make it what it could be rather than blindly accept what it is.

    My ancestors came here to find freedom and opportunity, some of them before this was even a country of its own. They were hard workers and I am proud to be descended from them even as I am ashamed of some of the things they did or beliefs they may have held. I don’t even agree with many of their religious beliefs, but I respect the strength they had to fight for them in a world that had little tolerance for them.

    This nation is great because it is comprised of so many differences and the diversity of race, faith, and politcal views has been tolerated, if not allowed to flourish. I can only hope that future generations will build on that diversity, expanding what has so often been called the melting pot into a wonderful mixture of the strengths we all have to offer rather than giving into fear as we all too often have. Whenever we give into our fear and allow it to drive us to hate those who are different, it is then that those that seek to inspire fear truly win.

    The evil terrorists that planned attacks on our nation several years ago didn’t win when they managed to kill so many innocent civilians…they won when allowed ourselves to be ruled by fear, cut back on our own liberties out of that fear, and impose our will on other nations out of that fear and become the nation that they had accused us of being rather than remaining the strong, free society that they envied and despised. We have a chance now to change that and to prove that they will not have the final victory on freedom and that we will not be driven to extremism by their own extreme actions.

    Yes…I am a patriot and I love my country enough to be angry when it does not live up to its ideals and still love it enough to keep fighting to make it do so.

  11. Georgia
    January 27th, 2009 at 12:48 | #11

    im not from america but read what you said and thought that you are completely right
    i remember learning about times when discrimination was the norm and there was such racial hate and segregation.
    like you said about barack obama, he is the son of an immigrant and managed to follow his dreams and revolutionise the world
    i am extremely thankful and proud to live in a time when things like this are possible
    i look up to brack obama in every way because he stands for aspiring to be something bigger and better in this world and shows that you can do anything if you try
    this is what i am thankful for
    i may not be american but i still strongly support barack obama and am still proud of being a part of this revolutionary time

  12. Achu
    March 19th, 2009 at 14:36 | #12

    Not to bring a dead topic back to life but…

    Many of the users posted comments that could have been said in another country. Good health, good family, wonderful vacation days all could have been possibly been yours in a different country, so in reality that’s kind of a weak thank you (No offense, but I’m just pointing this out).

    In terms of military and terrorism, they’re separate. Terrorism isn’t used to win wars, it is used to kill those who are the terrorists enemy’s, or in some cases other reasons. A country will not be put to ruin by terrorism (depends on the degree actually but that’s a different topic). This isn’t to say that the loss isn’t sad, but as a nation we needed to stand stronger and not be so fearful.

    I have nothing to say about the military or our armed forces in general. It’s just sad that they can abuse their power against the innocence, as can be seen in many of the Iraq prison stories as well as police shooting those who are already arrested and not struggling (yes there are cases). Not to mention the taser killings but those are more complicated.

    I love the United States, but the US does not live up to it’s ideals. Despite promoting freedom we also promote 3rd world countries conform to our style of government in order for us to help them (see SAP, and how the IMF and WB look to see who is friendly to American and European corporations).

    Freedom of the press is probably the most misleading thing in the world. True some newspaper and media sources DO tell the stories we need to hear. Others are owned by people like Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner who can easily manipulate what they want in the paper.

    Lastly, every time someone mentions African American in office, they defeat the purpose of the idea that our nation has advanced beyond the silly notion of race and our nation is finally moving forward to see that we are all humans who know no limitations. The reason for this is that the person who says it just shows that he/she thought it impossible (or highly improbable) to happen, which shouldn’t have been the case at all, showing you think that there is still some type of prejudice for the socially constructed subject known as race.

  13. Georgia
    March 19th, 2009 at 15:37 | #13

    i would just like to say that i never thought it impossible for barack obama to win, i am just reall happy that he did
    dont judge people when you dot know what they really think!!

  14. March 19th, 2009 at 19:34 | #14

    There is still prejudice and hate in this world because of race. If you can’t see that you aren’t looking around enough. Me pointing that out doesn’t not make racist, just stating facts. That being said, it is not nearly as prevalent as it has been in the past. Things are getting much, much better and Obama being elected is a sign of that. I was simply pointing out the fact that we have come a long way.

  15. Elbie
    November 3rd, 2009 at 14:05 | #15

    @towerclimber37
    Amen,towerclimber. Thanks for your service, for making the sacrifices necessary to protect our freedoms.
    May I just add, America became great because of great men with a singular great vision, and stayed great because of those who were willing to fight for the freedoms we still enjoy today. Today we’ve lost sight of that, but we still have much to be thankful for as a nation. God bless all of you, whether your perspective is negative or positive, and may God help America!

  16. UrNightmare
    June 1st, 2010 at 19:14 | #16

    @Achu
    I guess you weren’t there when America helped all the countries that had tornadoes, earthquakes, economy problems and all knids of stuff but nobody elsed help america. do u wanna know y the world lives? because america’s hee but theirs always some ass packed people like you who blow up buildings. toughen up and be proud your still living.

  17. September 2nd, 2010 at 18:12 | #17

    gee whizz must you curse in front of a young kid and not too includ my father is in the miltary and we know that amercica can sure be better. but it isn’t as bad as Peru or Africa in say of poorness and food rations be greatful that is not you! And don’t blame the Army or so forth for they don’t make the decisions the goverment does and most do it because they can’t afford High School or Collage. living around miltary my whole 10 years of my life I would KNOW, how hard working and kind everbody around me is, and how the goverment can effect our family’s horrably from missing family memebers from lots dying We experiance more harshness and are tuaght too be aware that death is real. Unlike most lifes of normal people we are all worked 24- 7 through not having as much family time or freind time like my nabourghs father just died yes it is real sad but he died with something too be pround for an american and yes what I am saying I am proud too be american too not for me but for everyone and YOU should be greatful too be living too have what you have.so just cause you may think america is not all that great cause of politics take it a veiw from the kids that have too deal with adults yelling and so forth take it from us that we are and you should be greatful.

  18. jazmyne
    September 30th, 2010 at 18:18 | #18

    @Kenzi
    america is the greatest country

  19. sexy
    October 20th, 2010 at 21:18 | #19

    @towerclimber37
    wow loser

  20. anna
    October 20th, 2010 at 21:19 | #20
  21. Tre’Iana
    November 16th, 2010 at 19:27 | #21

    Im proud to be an american because of the freedom. With freedom we can do whatever we want including religion we dont have to go around worshiping something we dont want to worship like other countries. No can tell us what to wear, do, or who to worship. For that im proud to be an american and we should be grateful for all opurtunities and things that come our way in America.

  22. yomama
    December 1st, 2010 at 17:21 | #22

    @towerclimber wow loser

  23. December 2nd, 2010 at 22:50 | #23

    i am glad that i have the right to free speech, so that i can gomplain abt. the war&stuff in safety

  24. January 5th, 2011 at 17:28 | #24

    I think that being free is an old reason! Shouldnt there be other crap?

  25. Sean
    January 5th, 2011 at 21:25 | #25

    not anyone can be the president you must be born in the u.s.

  26. barbra
    January 6th, 2011 at 16:36 | #26

    @bill
    get over it its not obama’s fault he got this crap of an econmy its bush’s deal with.

  27. January 10th, 2011 at 21:31 | #27

    ^_^
    >w<
    :D
    D:
    D:<
    ;D
    :P
    ;P

  28. madds
    January 19th, 2011 at 16:41 | #28

    ok people who is thankful that we even have this country i mean would u seriously like to be enslaved by Great Britain right now NO!!! so i would like to say that i love this country because it is FREE!

  29. Dana
    February 5th, 2011 at 07:17 | #29

    I disagree. The first comment, I know some muslims in America that are very successful.
    That is why America is against racism. It just matters what a person thinks, generally, the country is not against muslims.

  30. Clay
    February 20th, 2011 at 10:43 | #30

    well i think americans should have MORE rights

  31. March 6th, 2011 at 21:29 | #31

    good if u think thts true then believe just stay in YOUR country and DONT come to America!!!

  32. March 6th, 2011 at 21:30 | #32

    gg? :good if u think thts true then believe just stay in YOUR country and DONT come to America!!!

    Nabil Al-Murabit :Greatest country my ass. America is where it is today because it was the only major country that didn’t suffer any substantial damage to its manufacturing base during WWI and II. That coupled with an unrivaled military expenditure and there you have it. As far at “that one” being president, it think the reason for his win was that his competition ran a campaign that sucked.

  33. March 6th, 2011 at 21:33 | #33

    sorry if this hurt antbodies feelings, but when somebody talks about my country i get mad!!!

  34. hi
    March 21st, 2011 at 19:21 | #34

    @Jenny
    freedom rules

  35. hi
    March 21st, 2011 at 19:21 | #35

    @gg?
    same here i hate when people think all americans are fat

  36. hi
    March 21st, 2011 at 19:23 | #36

    @gg?
    screw you commie america rocks because we dont let people tell us what to do our president doesnt even have all the power!!!

  37. hi
    March 21st, 2011 at 19:25 | #37

    @@.am.miriam.9
    accualy we the people are the boss the govt just fill any cracks that open lol

  38. hi
    March 21st, 2011 at 19:32 | #38

    @bill
    screw you bill obama is a genuious and our country go stronger `cuz of him! im talkin like this because im a kansan

  39. Libby
    March 30th, 2011 at 21:13 | #39

    1. Only people born in America or whose parents are Americans can aspire to be the president. (i.e. excludes the Terminator.)

    2. Freedom of religion doesn’t exactly mean a person is completely free to practice any religion. There are still social implications that will occur if the religion is not “accepted” by the people.

    3. a) I’m not quite sure what you meant on the last one, but do you mean to say that you are glad other people are dying for you? b) The wars of today are not like you think they are. We do not fight in wars to save innocent people anymore; we fight for our own gain. We fight in Iraq because we want stability so we have a steady supply of oil. On the other side, we didn’t fight in Darfur or Rwanda, because there was “nothing” there for us. When I think about it, we didn’t even fight in WWII to save the Jews. We fought in WWII to help Britain and France; the leaders at that time knew that we would eventually need their help and that if Germany were to beat France and Britain, we would be next.

    I am proud to be an American, but I know that America is far from perfect. Blind patriotism is like listening to a salesman and believing everything is true. It’s dangerous.

  40. ProudAmerican
    May 7th, 2011 at 18:46 | #40

    Bill, there is enough media out there to cause chaos and anguish. I dont think we need another moron with resentment to start talking nonsense. The one reason America was formed was a simple idea:
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
    Even though there are things this country is responsible for, even though the government could be corrupt, and even though the economy is on a downfall…
    I am a citizen of a privileged and therefore obligated nation. I am no longer the prodigal son of Europe. I am my brother’s keeper. But only free men can be my brothers. And if you dont like it, then GTFO

    @bill

  41. May 29th, 2011 at 16:12 | #41

    @bill
    “Well, actually you previously elected a retard, that pretty much meant anyone could get that job.” FUNNY! and sadly true.

  42. alex
    September 14th, 2011 at 18:28 | #42

    libby is exactly right

  43. casey8×8
    September 18th, 2011 at 21:18 | #43

    @Kenzi i had to reply to your comment because that is many good things to be thankful for. keep it up!!!

  44. aleks
    September 20th, 2011 at 10:55 | #44

    Libby is right

  45. Sweet Cheeks101
    September 28th, 2011 at 13:51 | #45

    Aleks is right… totally!!!

  46. Sweet Cheeks101
    September 28th, 2011 at 14:08 | #46

    yeah thats right dont say nothing you know im right!!!

  47. schaniel
    September 30th, 2011 at 14:26 | #47

    I am proud to be an american! Our military and the freedom they give us is what we should be thankful for. I love living in a country where we have freedom, rights, we can be who we want and when we want, and we have our religion. I very much like how our country is not like others, where they have hardly anything. They don’t have internet or anything like a phone because of their government. I don’t like dictatorship but I love our democratic country! It doesn’t matter about who is running it (their race), just as long they make things right and keep things right, yes our economy is down. That is bad, but I’m sure the government is trying their best to help. Just keep the veterans that fought for our country and/or died for our country in mind when you comment on here. Don’t worry on the bad things, but focus on the good things.

  48. confederate nation
    October 2nd, 2011 at 17:58 | #48

    we would have been better off if the north wouldnt have came and ruined everything EVERYONE knows the negro man is the white mans servent. we woda been better off if the north would MIND ITS OWN BUISNESS

  49. confederate nation
    October 2nd, 2011 at 18:04 | #49

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  50. Sydney
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:31 | #50

    this is stupid!! no offence peoples but yall argue when u dont even know eachother so just grow up!(: have a good day

  51. Mary
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:32 | #51

    WoW! This is supid!

  52. peggy sue ann
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:36 | #52

    i agree with mary and sydney! just sayin

  53. Haston
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:36 | #53

    I think Mary and Sydney are correct! But some of y’all are immature!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. peggy sue ann
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:37 | #54

    sup

  55. peggy sue ann
    October 3rd, 2011 at 10:37 | #55

    I am proud to be an american! Our military and the freedom they give us is what we should be thankful for. I love living in a country where we have freedom, rights, we can be who we want and when we want, and we have our religion. I very much like how our country is not like others, where they have hardly anything. They don’t have internet or anything like a phone because of their government. I don’t like dictatorship but I love our democratic country! It doesn’t matter about who is running it (their race), just as long they make things right and keep things right, yes our economy is down. That is bad, but I’m sure the government is trying their best to help. Just keep the veterans that fought for our country and/or died for our country in mind when you comment on here. Don’t worry on the bad things, but focus on the good things.

  56. katie
    October 4th, 2011 at 17:14 | #56

    I am proud to be an american !!!

  57. October 6th, 2011 at 13:40 | #57

    i am proud of my country because there is so much history where i live.if it wasn’t for martin luther king jr.we would not be able to sit in the front of the bus without being told to move to the back.we also would not be able to go to a school with other people that is not the same race than us.president obama has done alot for the united states of america.and i think that we all as a team should not judge others by what race they are and we all should work together and get along if we all are going to live in the same country.i am proud to be an american for so many reasons but i have to let you tell why you are proud to be an american.

  58. andy davis
    October 7th, 2011 at 13:46 | #58

    hi joey

  59. yourface
    October 12th, 2011 at 13:01 | #59

    this country is not that good we are all for r self and dont care about others…..also so much crime and killing and war and hate…oh and we have some freedom…

  60. jordiemac
    October 15th, 2011 at 10:04 | #60

    wow, im very proud to be an american. im only 13 and just looked up this site for a school essay but, i read the dissapointing comments and i have something to say. even though the economy sucks and we’ve had a president or two that have screwed us up a little, i am proud that we have clean water, healthy food whenever we want it, clean clothes from countries who are willing to trade with us, freedom of religion (even if you do not believe in other people’s religous views),free education, rights, and men and women who are giving their lives for all of this while we complain and take it for granted. i am sorry for those that are not but i am proud of my country

  61. Emilia
    October 16th, 2011 at 16:59 | #61

    Im only 13 also and if we where FREE how everybody claims we are we would be able to go out and kill people and use/sell drugs and etc. so do u see people doing that without getting put in jail or getting searched for? NO so people need to think twice before saying ‘WE ARE FREE’

  62. Emilia
    October 16th, 2011 at 17:01 | #62

    But i am still proud to be and american and we need to fight for this country and pay this national debt!!!

  63. Emilia
    October 16th, 2011 at 17:03 | #63

    @jordiemac
    Thats so true.

  64. Emilia
    October 16th, 2011 at 17:05 | #64

    @confederate nation
    Look at 2011 not the 1930’s

  65. October 16th, 2011 at 18:49 | #65

    your so stipid and hate amercia

  66. October 16th, 2011 at 18:51 | #66

    I WAS TALKING TO Nabil Al-Murabit

  67. robert
    October 16th, 2011 at 20:05 | #67

    @Kenzi
    good for u

  68. robert
    October 16th, 2011 at 20:07 | #68

    @Kenzi
    good for u

    @Kenzi
    i was talking to kenzi

  69. Jacklyn
    October 16th, 2011 at 20:11 | #69

    I am proud to be an American
    Listen to the lyrics of Lee Greenwoods ‘ I’m proud to be an American’
    and 40 hour week by Alabama

  70. TBrayLover
    October 17th, 2011 at 08:43 | #70

    Yo’ suipid! Your really stupid if u can’t spell stupid!

  71. jarred
    October 17th, 2011 at 09:46 | #71

    you guys are a bunch of retards and you need to get i life stop dising on the nation you non american fags. i know that i am american and we havent been doing good but that doesn’t give you the right to rip on us

  72. October 17th, 2011 at 13:05 | #72

    @UrNightmare
    america is awesome so suck it up lol

  73. jarred
    October 18th, 2011 at 09:21 | #73

    how about you UrNightmare because I bet your like a teenager in middle school because only someone who’s a child would choose that kind of name

  74. fuzzy slippERS
    October 18th, 2011 at 09:24 | #74

    hi there

  75. katie
    October 19th, 2011 at 17:05 | #75

    @confederate nation
    so what your saying is today in 2011-2012 you would still want african americans as slaves? well too bad even if the “stupid northerners” wouldn’t have “ruined everything” slavery would have been banned sooner or later. obviously you have never heard, ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL NO MATTER WHAT SKIN COLOR, RACE, OR RELIGION!!!!!

  76. Brianna
    October 19th, 2011 at 19:53 | #76

    @katie
    Word to that!!

  77. Brianna
    October 19th, 2011 at 20:54 | #77

    @jordiemac
    Is your essay for the Patriots pen essay? and I agree!

  78. Karen prisby
    October 20th, 2011 at 10:12 | #78

    I hat this dumb ass counrty!!!!! you suck

  79. Danielle
    October 20th, 2011 at 17:31 | #79

    @Brianna
    this is for mine lmaoo

  80. Andrea
    October 20th, 2011 at 19:34 | #80

    Bill ,
    STFU , and anybody who agress with him , you all are crazy , Obama is WONDERFUL at what he does.

    #HATERS . :))))

  81. October 23rd, 2011 at 17:11 | #81

    everyone who is saying bill sucks or is stupid or has to grow up SHUT UP!!! u guys are complete jerks everybody has there own opinion. just leave him alone. if your not going to write something that does not have anything to do with cite or write something mean than just click X. bill i agree with you (not the Obama part though)

  82. October 23rd, 2011 at 22:24 | #82

    thanx for the help

  83. hate racist people
    October 24th, 2011 at 19:18 | #83

    @confederate nation
    shut the hell up u rasicst hobknocker go fuck yourself hoe

  84. penis master
    October 24th, 2011 at 21:55 | #84

    penis penis and more penis… ? is a gay prick and needs to shutup bill obviously is a queer and sucks and thats why he didnt do shit to the country and also hate racist people is a boss and karen prisby

  85. miranda
    October 25th, 2011 at 16:44 | #85

    the only sad thing is that you guys are fighting online about this. sure everyone has there own opinions, but rele. no one rele cares uinless they need to write and essay for school. so do urself a favor and keep your opinions to yourself.

  86. Sophia
    October 25th, 2011 at 17:38 | #86

    you all argue and argue, when u don’t know eachother! u r swearing at eachother over a simple question, and he asked what we THINK! america is great, that’s my own OPINION. I’m only 13 and I see how pointless ur arguing is. why can’t u just try to accept eachothers ideas or at least think before you say something you can’t take back! Americans are not all the same, we have different thoughts. I see no problem with anyone choosing any religeon they want, while someone else in america might think the complete opposite! please, please do not judge the whole country by what you think the stereo-typical american is!

  87. opiuhkjhpiuh
    October 25th, 2011 at 21:32 | #87

    @madds
    agreed

  88. opiuhkjhpiuh
    October 25th, 2011 at 21:33 | #88

    You are all little pricks be glad you arent enslaved!!

  89. opiuhkjhpiuh
    October 25th, 2011 at 21:34 | #89

    @Brianna
    mine is

  90. kara
    October 25th, 2011 at 22:48 | #90

    @gary
    you did a great job for just three things !!

  91. October 27th, 2011 at 09:30 | #91

    Ok all I want to say is that all of the people who are talking bad about America should just be happy that they even can. That’s one of the best things about America is that we try to do what’s right and we try and give people freedoms even when we know that they will hate or resent us for it. Also Bill, you can look at almost anything you want and turn into a bad thing if you choose to, it isn’t that hard. But in order to you first have to have that frame of mind, so I feel sorry for you. God bless America!

  92. spencer
    October 27th, 2011 at 15:46 | #92

    funny thing is in my opinion i think obama has put us futher in debt

  93. Vydailya
    October 27th, 2011 at 16:03 | #93

    I know im proud to be an american. of course we are not perfect, so we will make mistakes along the road, but that doesnt mean we should hate our country! i am thankful to have such a great country and (like said before) to be able to have a religion of your choice (or be nonreligious). ok think about it. imagine having someone tell u what to do everyday. having to go to a certain church, to mary a man/woman that u dont like, being threatened everyday of your life because if u dont do something right, u might be killed, shot, hung or severly injured and may never see ur family again. i know obama is not the best president, but at least he cares about his country and other country. he trys to do his job with republicans on his butt all the time. i mean its not that easy of a job. go ahead and try to be president. hes trying to make the whole entire country. thats hundreds of millions of people. i respect obama for his effort. and i love my country because no matter how bad a problem it is always going to work out in the end. :)

  94. Olivia
    October 27th, 2011 at 18:04 | #94

    @jordiemac
    Yeah Buddy!! I’m 13 also!. I agree with what you said & I believe that this IS a free country still. Yeah, freedom isn’t free, but just be glad you are not in a 3rd world country!! Be glad we aren’t all forced to be the same religion!. I have to write and essay on why I am proud of my country..I clicked on this website and read everyone’s stupid and the more sharp-witted peoples comments! If you guys hate America so much, get out! It’s people like you that make our country so messed up. Everyone needs to step out of their little boy shoes and into their big boy shoes. Yeah Obama isn’t the best president, but everyone that is old enough can vote and get a better president this upcoming year. Take a step back and look at our country. Look at all our beautiful land we have here, from the mountains, and the oceans and over to the prairie. Think about that song “God Bless America”. Now look at the government and look how much it has changed from when our founding fathers made it for us, to now. All the stupid people that are high up in the government that seem like they have no idea what they’re doing! They are the ones that make this country messed up… George Washington once said “A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master.” We don’t have a plebeian country, or government. We live in the greatest country to ever exist and I am very thankful for that. America has plenty of faults, but it still best place in the world to live.

  95. ashlin
    October 27th, 2011 at 21:21 | #95

    @Tom
    that was mean and rude

  96. devon
    October 28th, 2011 at 11:46 | #96

    @Tom
    Ill help him pack too

  97. October 28th, 2011 at 17:53 | #97

    @ashlin
    I don’t understand how that was mean and rude, he was just expressing his opinion… it’s his right to do so. AND he’s also nice enough to help dumbass Bill leave the country

  98. britney nguyen
    October 28th, 2011 at 21:54 | #98

    heyy what country are you from

  99. cory howard
    November 9th, 2011 at 12:58 | #99

    i love america and i am proud to have what i have and i am only 12-13 years old

  100. USA
    November 12th, 2011 at 04:11 | #100

    The USA is the best country in the world. If you disagree, get the fuck out.

  101. Stacy
    November 14th, 2011 at 17:42 | #101

    Dear everyone bashing America,

    The elections, the government, the people, the jobs, and the opinions of everyone, may not please everyone. If you want perfection last time I checked La la Land where the grass is green and everything is perfect does NOT exist. However, you should consider yourself blessed (or however you may want to say it) that you live in a place where you have a right to religion, education, and freedom. A place where do don’t hearing shooting fighting and bombing, opposed to the blaring of an occasional siren.

    So if you want to talk about how much you hate Obama or how much you hate the government, I want you to pack up leave and go to Libya, Ethiopia, Yemen and many other 3rd world countries. Come back and then TELL ME you don’t like America!

  102. Jarrod Smith
    November 26th, 2011 at 11:56 | #102

    I love living in America. It is a place where it is free, loving and safe. One reason I enjoy living in America because you have the ability to choose your job and where you want to live. Another reason I like living in America is because America has an abundant of natural landmarks that symbolizes our freedom, which is another big thing that makes me glad to be an American. What does freedom mean? Surprisingly America is one of the veary few that has freedom for the people and a constitution that gives rights to all Americans.
    Freedom; “1.) The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. 2.) exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. 3.) The power to determine action without restraint. 4.) political or national independence.” This is the definition that is found in the dictionary. To me, freedom is something that our fathers fought and gave their life for, just so that the next generation could live with the freedom that our four fathers originally came to this country for.
    I am thankful to be an American because we are what they aren’t. what I mean by this is that most of the other countries are ethier countroled by a government that doesn’t give humane rights to their people, in severe poverty, or too poor to support their people; Which in term causes un-safe drinking water, people starving to death, or easy spread of diseases. In America we don’t face troube when we are thirsty or when we’re hungry. But in other countries these are more frequent.

  103. November 29th, 2011 at 18:48 | #103

    @towerclimber37
    amen.they don’t know untill they experience it.

  104. Ash
    December 3rd, 2011 at 00:26 | #104

    Stupid Dixie @confederate nation

  105. Valerie
    December 6th, 2011 at 09:46 | #105

    I’m sorry but I agree with bill. Our “free” country isn’t so free because over 50% of our income goes to corrupt government (I am taxed on bread, the bread company is taxed, the grain, water, milk, salt, yeast, and oil used to make the bread is taxed, my income is taxed, my home is taxed, my gas, my car, my life is taxed, my insurance, my plot of land, my mortgage company…), our military fights for immoral reasons and we are supposed to worship them for it, poor citizens who can’t even afford dinner for their children are paying lodging, travel, income, and monthly allowances to our military through taxes, and freedom of religion is bogus. I am persecuted every day by the government because of my “religion”. This crap about its better than living in a third world country… Have you ever been to one? Yes, we have clean water, sewage, trash collection, but we aren’t free. We are just as imprisoned as the next country’s citizen. Ignorance is blissful. The north wrongfully invaded the south. The south succeeding from the union was a form of freedom, but the north enslaved the south. Slavery wasn’t the only problem back then. It was just the most contravercial. Slavery has been around since the beginning of time. Anyone with a mortgage is a slave to their mortgage company. Slavery is still around people. Open your eyes. @Kurt

  106. December 6th, 2011 at 17:31 | #106

    You did a very good job on writing this. i am very thankfull to be an American because every thing you have wrote.

  107. confederate nation
    December 11th, 2011 at 19:00 | #107

    yall are so dum cuz yall know yal wish we still had niggers as slaves just admit it i proud to be racist

  108. Wouter
    December 23rd, 2011 at 12:28 | #108

    @Andrea
    How about your great freedom of speech? Please STFU if you only want you and people who think the same as you to have the right to express their opinions.
    So what if we’re crazy? I agree with Bill, and personally, I think that you’re the crazy guy here, with you many people who live in the USA, but sure, if you want to say:
    “Thank you guys for fighting a war far away from home so that I can say: Bill STFU!.”
    You may say so, but as far as I know, most countries dealing with terrorist are those countries in war.
    And for your freedom of religion, it might be, however, I doubt so for Muslims, as Bill pointed out.
    I am looking forward to see some kind of answer from you, even if it is:
    “Wouter, STFU! You’re crazy! Go f*** yourself!”

  109. proud to be a human being
    December 29th, 2011 at 08:59 | #109

    Guys, am niether an American, nor Arab! but proud to be a human being than to be an animal as most of you guys commented here (except few)!

  110. proud to be a human being
    December 29th, 2011 at 09:00 | #110

    Guys, am niether an American, nor Arab! but proud to be a human being than to be an animal as most of you guys commented here (except few) !???????????????????//////////////////////9999999999999999999hjgfl jl

  111. Asiana
    January 16th, 2012 at 21:43 | #111

    I come from a 3rd world country where everything is LIMITED, everything had to be BOUGHT and is COSTLY and, equal rights is NEVER exercised. This is why I understand why a person would dream to live in a place called America. I appreciate Americans’ generosity in helping those in need. Whether it be financial, social or for protection, you know that one can rely on an American. Even if you don’t live there, they treat people from other nation as their own brother.
    So, for those who haven’t realized how lucky they are to be living in a country where they can say and do what they want compared to places like mine, THINK AGAIN.

  112. wow
    January 31st, 2012 at 11:55 | #112

    u people are dumb

  113. Skyler
    February 21st, 2012 at 15:56 | #113

    people are retarded….

  114. Skyler
    February 21st, 2012 at 15:58 | #114

    whatzz up?

  115. Skyler
    February 21st, 2012 at 15:58 | #115

    whatss up?

  116. February 27th, 2012 at 18:45 | #116

    dude dont listen to him you are awesome at tis stuff!!!

  117. February 27th, 2012 at 18:45 | #117

    that was awesome

  118. February 27th, 2012 at 18:46 | #118

    there just little fags

  119. February 27th, 2012 at 18:47 | #119

    colester89 :there just little fags

    brian mendenhall :You did a very good job on writing this. i am very thankfull to be an American because every thing you have wrote.

    i know right
    @colester89

    colester89 :there just little fags

    colester89 :there just little fags

    @colester89

  120. February 27th, 2012 at 18:48 | #120

    colester89 :there just little fags

    brian mendenhall :You did a very good job on writing this. i am very thankfull to be an American because every thing you have wrote.

    i know right
    @colester89

    colester89 :there just little fags

    colester89 :there just little fags

    @colester89
    huh

  121. anna
    March 22nd, 2012 at 19:18 | #121

    I am proud do be American. Because I got everything new York is perfect it has everything

  122. An english dude
    April 17th, 2012 at 15:15 | #122

    First of all, no.
    Most of these comments are full of bigoted comments.
    First off all: free speech - MOST COUNTRIES HAVE THIS
    Military = good job ( not gonna argue with the war on terror )
    America as a whole: one of the best economies in the world, but dwarfed by china, India etc…
    Yeah, America is good. But don’t be lead into blind patriotism.
    Take a lesson from your descendants, step back, and adress the world with standoffish criticism. Only then will America be great,
    So, Toodly pips chaps, enjoy the necropost, and I am off to eat pie and chips with the duke of Wellington.

  123. Jake
    May 27th, 2012 at 18:31 | #123

    Good man, America is the greatest country.

    Be proud, like me. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be.

    USA #1

  124. abrouk
    August 12th, 2012 at 07:44 | #124

    pride is that what you give as a contribution to humanity of how humankind can benefit from you.not saying iam proud to be american…..what are you saying… i think that you are a band of kids.is this really your reasoning ?!if it is then you must admit to your self that you are too far to be mature.

  125. Jak
    November 14th, 2012 at 17:58 | #125

    @Libby
    God damn it, read your own post.

    “….The wars of today are not like you think they are. We do not fight in wars to save innocent people anymore; we fight for our own gain. We fight in Iraq because we want stability so we have a steady supply of oil….”

    Really? So us using the well deserved infiltration of the Middle East due to it’s instability, focused at OUR lands (your children, who you are dead wrong in 1)not considering children in your post and 2)not thinking them as innocent) to gain stability ISN’T saving innocent lives? I wonder, why, then, we trained Israeli militia, why there is so much news about Iran, and why we, until very recently, doubled down on Afghanistan. Protection and personal gain when talking about a country IS the same thing.