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An Answer To: Am I As A American Ashamed Of This Nation

An Answer To: Am I As A American Ashamed Of This Nation

I, as a rule, don’t do this but was so angry, I was on a site where someone asked if I was ashamed of this country. Some of the replies were great, others showed such an animous and outright ignorance I asked myself, “Why are they even still in this nation?” If I hated this nation as badly as they do, I would have moved, would not wish to raise or subject my family to something like that.

But as I read, I got more and more angry, thought about what we have done, what we have given, then thought, we have made mistakes as a nation, but like in our own personal lives, we grew because of them, we as a nation learned from our mistakes, then moved on. I had written on this before, it was time to do so again.

Then I started to write, this is what I replied with:

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I have never been ashamed of this great nation of ours.

While I find some of what we have done, such as slavery, treatment of the Native Americans, the internment of Japanese, stripping away of the freedom of speech by Wilson as shameful, persecution of different faiths, but it does not make me ashamed of my nation, only that we ever allowed it.

But when I am feeling shame I then remember that we lost more American lives than in other war, fighting against this, lives primarily that were white Northerners to free the slaves, to take them out of the bondage of slavery, I am ashamed that now we have to hear nonsense like White Privilege and outright racism from the people whose ancestors our forefathers fought to free. But I am still proud of this nation.

Like in most of our lives, we as a nation have grown up, we have evolved towards race. When I was a kid, I had shameful thoughts, hate to say it, knew prejudice, this was more from only hearsay, the people I felt this way towards, I never meet any of them, only heard of them, they were foreign to me. But you know what? I moved out of that area, found to my shame how out of date and just plain wrong those thoughts were, learned to enjoy the richness that diversity brings, to love the difference that others bring, it helped me grow as a person.

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When I was younger I was ignorant about the plight of the LGBT community, never hated them, just was totally indifferent towards them and what they have gone through. But times changed, had a nephew of mine come out, grew to appreciate what he and they went through, grew as a person because of it. While there may at times be a difference in goals and politics with many, I support their right to pursue happiness, a right promised to all of us.

I fought for this nation, put my life on the line for the nation I love, I came home to a loving wife, kid, many did not. I, as they did, felt that this nation was worth this type of sacrifice.

One thinks about the charity we as a nation give around the world, the lives we lost as a people to free Europe from the fight for their lives in both WW1 and WW2, how we have spent our riches, both in coin and lives, went into debt so they could build themselves back up as democracies.

In the past imperialistic nations went in and fought, then put the nation under their iron boot, we never did this, we gave them democracy, showed them what freedom was, then pulled out, let them enjoy the fruits this brings.

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Our innovation has aided the world, vaccinations, everything from refrigeration to computers, we in many cases discovered them here, then shipped them off to the world. We brought the youth of other nations here, educated them, then sent them home to aid their nation in their growth.

We have feed much of the world from time to time, famines strike, the US is there to pass off food from our rich resources, it is not our obligation, but we do it because it is a good thing to do.

And there is more, not only have we exported the idea of democracy, but of equal rights, women’s rights, of freedom of speech, but now people want to give this away.

People now are attacking others if they don’t agree with them, attacking people who go to hear a political speaker they don’t agree with, have gone to insane points of hatred over politicians, they have forgotten the other side did not do this. I am ashamed of this, but not of our country

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But this is not good enough for some, some want to scream that we are an oppressive society, they focus on only the bad, ignore what is good and howl in indignation. They scream that we are evil, should be destroyed, I am ashamed of them, sure not of our country.

Do you want to know what else I am ashamed of? I am ashamed that people hate this nation so badly, the ones that live in the nation, enjoy the safety and security that we fought for, yet do nothing but bash this nation of ours, share their hatred with the world.

I am ashamed of the racism I now see from the radical left, with attacks against the very people whose ancestors fought to free them, who marched hand in hand with the African Americans in the South to rid this nation of the blight of inequality, for civil rights, to rid themselves of segregation, now we hear nothing about hatred from these very people.

I am equally ashamed by the actions of the far right, the ones that are trying to say the opposite of the hate we see from the radical left, that whites are right, no one else matters, the racism they bring is no better then what the other side brings. +

I am ashamed that we can’t have civil discourse when Obama and Trump were elected president, I never once thought with one or the other, “They are not my president, I did not vote for them!” I knew that they both were put in by the electoral process, thus they were both my president. I may not have agreed with a policy with one or both of them, but you know what, they were still my president.

I am proud of my nation, but I sure am ashamed of some of the people that live within its borders.

I have never been ashamed of this great nation of ours.

While I find some of what we have done, such as slavery, treatment of the Native Americans, the internment of Japanese, stripping away of the freedom of speech by Wilson as shameful, persecution of different faiths, but it does not make me ashamed of my nation, only that we ever allowed it.

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But when I am feeling shame I then remember that we lost more American lives than in other war, fighting against this, lives primarily that were white Northerners to free the slaves, to take them out of the bondage of slavery, I am ashamed that now we have to hear nonsense like White Privilege and outright racism from the people whose ancestors our forefathers fought to free. But I am still proud of this nation.

Like in most of our lives, we as a nation have grown up, we have evolved towards race. When I was a kid, I had shameful thoughts, hate to say it, knew prejudice, this was more from only hearsay, the people I felt this way towards, I never meet any of them, only heard of them, they were foreign to me. But you know what? I moved out of that area, found to my shame how out of date and just plain wrong those thoughts were, learned to enjoy the richness that diversity brings, to love the difference that others bring, it helped me grow as a person.

When I was younger I was ignorant about the plight of the LGBT community, never hated them, just was totally indifferent towards them and what they have gone through. But times changed, had a nephew of mine come out, grew to appreciate what he and they went through, grew as a person because of it. While there may at times be a difference in goals and politics with many, I support their right to pursue happiness, a right promised to all of us.

I fought for this nation, put my life on the line for the nation I love, I came home to a loving wife, kid, many did not. I, as they did, felt that this nation was worth this type of sacrifice.

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One thinks about the charity we as a nation give around the world, the lives we lost as a people to free Europe from the fight for their lives in both WW1 and WW2, how we have spent our riches, both in coin and lives, went into debt so they could build themselves back up as democracies.

In the past imperialistic nations went in and fought, then put the nation under their iron boot, we never did this, we gave them democracy, showed them what freedom was, then pulled out, let them enjoy the fruits this brings.

Our innovation has aided the world, vaccinations, everything from refrigeration to computers, we in many cases discovered them here, then shipped them off to the world. We brought the youth of other nations here, educated them, then sent them home to aid their nation in their growth.

We have feed much of the world from time to time, famines strike, the US is there to pass off food from our rich resources, it is not our obligation, but we do it because it is a good thing to do.

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And there is more, not only have we exported the idea of democracy, but of equal rights, women’s rights, of freedom of speech, but now people want to give this away.

People now are attacking others if they don’t agree with them, attacking people who go to hear a political speaker they don’t agree with, have gone to insane points of hatred over politicians, they have forgotten then other side did not do this. I am ashamed of this, but not of our country

But this is not good enough for some, some want to scream that we are an oppressive society, they focus on only the bad, ignore what is good and howl in indignation. They scream that we are evil, should be destroyed, I am ashamed of them, sure not of our country.

Do you want to know what else I am ashamed of? I am ashamed that people hate this nation so badly, the ones that live in the nation, enjoy the safety and security that we fought for, yet do nothing but bash this nation of ours, share their hatred with the world.

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I am ashamed of the racism I now see from the radical left, with attacks against the very people whose ancestors fought to free them, who marched hand in hand with the African Americans in the South to rid this nation of the blight of inequality, for civil rights, to rid themselves of segregation, now we hear nothing about hatred from these very people.

I am equally ashamed by the actions of the far right, the ones that are trying to say the opposite of the hate we see from the radical left, that whites are right, no one else matters, the racism they bring is no better then what the other side brings. +

I am ashamed that we can’t have civil discourse when Obama and Trump were elected president, I never once thought with one or the other, “They are not my president, I did not vote for them!” I knew that they both were put in by the electoral process, thus they were both my president. I may not have agreed with a policy with one or both of them, but you know what, they were still my president.

I am proud of my nation, but I sure am ashamed of some of the people that live within its borders.

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Author has studied Middle East History for the last 35 years, am a lifetime student of history. Has an interest in sports, tech, history and political events. Works as a Republican political commentator who looks at events from a conservative's perspective.

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