Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1081 times:
I like my country, and obviously feel a fair amount of pride that it is arguable the best in the world at some very important things. So I guess you could say that I do feel somewhat proud that I am a U.S. citizen.
Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
No. I would never be proud to be part of a country unless I had needed to make an effort to achieve that status, eg if I were an immigrant to the US, I might be patriotic about it. Otherwise patriotism is just the euphemistic expression for nationalism in my eyes.
What is there to be proud off about living on a certain plot of land enclosed by imaginary borders? What is there to be proud off about living in an enclosed space with XX million other people, most of whom I don't know and have little/nothing in common with, except maybe a language? I never understood the concept of patriotism - people are proud of things they did not achieve themselves just to boost their own self-confidence and self-esteem....
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4791 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1065 times:
I'm goign along the lines of An-225 because I have multiple citizenship....living in Canada and New Zealand. I like both, but I'm not wild and crazy. I feel most patriotic when some idiotic American starts bashing Canada
As far as my British citizenship goes, I couldn't care less since I've never lived in that country.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1036 times:
No, not really. I'm not very proud of being an American. I plan on moving out when I get out of high school. Me and America are built differently, and I'm sure that we will learn to part ways amicably.
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747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1025 times:
Someday I think perhaps to withdraw citizenship and be something of a nomad. Yeah there's still paperwork to go from place to place, unfortunately, but I'd rather not "belong" to a country. It really runs aground with 'freedom' to know that no matter where I am good ol' USA can track me down and pull me back if I don't get this peice of paper so I can leave or forget to pay a tax or two. Y'know I didn't ask to live here. I know - that's very selfish, I should be greatful for what I have. And I just might be, but I don't think the USA gave it to me, I think the Earth did. I love the Earth, like John Denver, and as far as America is concerned... 'whatever'.
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Copper1 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 439 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1015 times:
Most countries are able to offer great things to their citizens. Part of the problem we in the west have is we place our values on lifestyles in remote parts of the world.
I enjoy being Canadian and all of the great things that this country has to offer. That is not to say that Canada is faultless though. One must accept that the country of their choice is not perfect and if something is wrong, one must set about getting that changed. North Americans, on the whole, love to bitch about what is wrong but most will stop there.
I take great pride in telling someone I am from Canada. That does not mean though that Canada is the greatest nation in the world. There are areas where it would be hard for another country to beat us but there are plenty of areas where we come up a little short.
If everyone would sit down and really think about it, they too would realize their country has faults. Those on this forum who proclaim " my country is the greatest in the world in everything " live in LALA land and I suppose everything there is a lovey rose colour.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 994 times:
>America is truly the greatest nation on God's green earth.
Its statements like this that make me proud to be Canadian.
At least he said that he feels America is the best country on earth. He said it respectfully, without tauning or shit talking. He stated his opinion in a civilized manor. I am proud to be American too, but I also enjoy Canada as well. I won't talk bad about any other place (well maybe South Korea ).
L'EspaceA340 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 80 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 992 times:
I am very proud of my European background. EURO pure breed
But this is not to say that I feel all other countries are trash. All cultures have their styles and attributes that make them unique and amazing in their own way. Everyone should be proud of where they come from.
I would love to travel the world and see more cultures and more countries!
L'EspaceA340 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 80 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 990 times:
These are just my observations, but the further back a country can trace it's history, the greater its people's patriotism. The older a country, the more hardships and triumphs it has gone through, along with the people that live in it, and this pride of accomplishments is carried down from generation to generation. "One for all, and all for one"; it doesn't matter if not ALL the people fought through all these harships and triumphs, the country did as a whole, and that counts as/for every single one of its devoted citizens. I will point to Europe as an example of this. Many of its country can trace their history way back, and it seems that most Europeans are proud of their background. This is just an example; I am not saying that Europeans are the most patriotic, but it is true that they are, for the most part, pretty patriotic.
Just some thoughts...
: >Its statements like this that make me proud to be Canadian Well, I would respect your opinion if you said that you believed Canada to be the greatest
: As it may not seem like it, I actually am a proud american, and yes I love my country, and I am afraid Bush will destroy this country. To be honest, I
: The Michael Medvid (sp?) show perhaps? It is a wonderful program...
: Yes, Michael Medved. He IS wonderful... its good to know that there are level-headed people out there like him and that millions of people listen to h