Growing up, I was proud to be an American. We were the land of the free and the home of the brave. We helped when others were in need. We were always the good guys and we protected the underdog. I don’t know if it was true, but that’s how I felt.
By the time I graduated college, I was sufficiently cynical that I no longer took particular pride in our country and certainly had little faith in our government to do anything right, but I wasn’t exactly ashamed of being an American either. It’s just that the shine had worn off for me.
When 9-11 happened, and the world came together in sorrow and prayer for our country, I was reminded of the country I loved as a child.
The Bush administration, with the continued help of the Congress, squandered all that good will by starting a war under false pretenses with a country that had nothing to do with 9-11. Traveling around the world has become dangerous or at least uncomfortable for Americans because of the arrogance of our government. After Bush’s re-election in 2004, I can honestly say I felt genuine shame about this country. I’ve thought many times about moving over seas and giving up on The United States entirely.
Today, for the first time in well over a decade, I feel genuine American pride after watching the video, The Strasbourg Tea Party – Europe for Ron Paul, embedded below. It shows nations across the Atlantic looking upon Americans as an inspiration and as an example worthy of being followed. I am not a weepy person, but my eyes actually teared up watching it. I feel so proud to be an American today because of what these freedom-loving Europeans have seen in us. I’ve got my Constitution and Declaration of Independence up on my mantle so I won’t again forget what my country stands for.