Home, a safe place (until 9/11 anyhow), mostly good people, diverse people, gives aid to everyone. I have 2 countries, USA and Australia and I am proud to be of both of them. Sometimes I don’t agree with the politics, but there is no place in the world that is perfect so I’ll stick with these two.
I’m not sure I actually see much of a country here anymore. There’s so little “we” to be found here, no sense of common purpose, no sense of working together for each others’ benefit, no willingness to tackle big problems. Instead of a country, I see a well armed feeding frenzy.
I’m not a big fan of country (meaning nation). I’m more of a fan of country (meaning the area around where you live). Sure, I can be swayed by the TV announcers during the Olympics, and I’m always in favor of good ol’ USA, but I think it is stupid to separate people around the world when we would all be much more better off remembering how much we are the same.
The area around me I know better. I know the people and the geography. I know the culture. I know who is doing what where. So I get a sense of identify from that.
The sense of identity I get from my country as nation is more of a made-up thing. It’s marketing. I don’t like being marketed into something. It’s not even real, since there are many people in my country who do things I don’t approve of. So it’s hard to identify with them. They don’t seem like the kinds of Americans I want us to be.
It ain’t perfect, this old U.S.A of ours, but oh man, I thankful to have been born here, and, though I’ve flirted with moving to other countries, I intend to die here. Why? Because notwithstanding all the fear-mongering by the extreme Righties, I believe we’re got a pretty damned good deal.
My country, the USA, means very much to me. I love the history about the brave people who gave their lives to make this a free country, which gives me the many liberties I enjoy.
To me, our democracy means that all political parties are ever-evolving and argumentative, and hopefully we the people will benefit from that. I love our variety of people and languages and food, our melting pot of cultures, talents and dreams.
Our land is as varied & beautiful as our people, with astounding natural landscapes and features. Sure our government leaves something to be desired and conspiracy theories and secrets abound, but for a regular person like me, I can’t imagine living anywhere else permanently.
The U.S. is a marvel of varied topography. I am constantly amazed. The people are equally varied. It’s large enough to be broken into separate countries and sometimes I think it should be. If our government doesn’t start working together, it may happen in the future. I love my country, but I don’t think we’re managing it very well.
@Sunny2 Our politicians are all so incredibly corrupt and our government so secretive, I can’t imagine anything less than a minimum-wage salary to keep kickbacks and earmarks from ruining our country. Whichever party is in control.
I find it interesting that the only responses that received more than 2 lurves are the ones criticizing their respective countries. (with the exception of @Pachyderm_In_The_Room which is not critical???) Wonder why that is.
I can’t even begin to answer this question. I was born in one. Chose to live in another, and then ended up stuck in a third. I have three countries. I am fond of all three for different reasons. I dislike things about all three for very different reasons. I would never, ever, call any of the three, ‘My country’, but there is one that I have the closest and fondest feelings for. I wouldn’t say I had a country, but I do feel that I had a home.
If I try to answer this futher, I am just going to cry, so I have to stop now.
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