Proud to Be American?

                 Proud to be American?
Have you thought about Why?

We see numerous posts bombarding our social network pages by ‘Americans’ (we’ll get to what a ‘real’ American is in a moment)  exclaiming and proclaiming how they are proud to be American.  These ‘I AM PROUD to be AMERICAN!’  memes are often accompanied by a picture of an American flag or some other piece of propaganda.

God Bless America is another one that plagues the cyber world.

Is Amerika – out of the other 200-ish countries in the world – the only one that their god blesses? Doesn’t this God of theirs bless other countries as well? Why Bless Amerika specifically?

Are the proud People of the US of A the New Jews, then?   You know, God’s Chosen Ones from the Old Testament (the same chosen ones that kick the shit out of Palestine all the time)?

It certainly seems that way as their god blesses their Amerika ….and boy, are they are proud of it!

Often accompanied with God Bless America is a picture of a flag and The American white skinned, blue eyed, blond haired, Jesus.

Proud to be American & God Bless America are often posted by the same type of people i.e. Conservative Republican Protestants.

For now though, let’s focus on being a Proud American since I do not have the inclination to open up two cans of worms.

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Hearing Proud to be American so often, I decided to give it some serious thought.

Very serious thought.

First – just so there is no confusion – let’s look at the word Proud  from an etymological standpoint just so people reading this will have a place to start.

We need to know what words actually mean, before we can dissect phrases such as this one.

Here is the etymology for Proud:

*Old English prud, prute “excellent, splendid; arrogant, haughty.

*Old French prud, oblique case of adjective prouz “brave, valiant” (11c., Modern French preux; compare prud’homme “brave man”)

*from Late Latin prode “advantageous, profitable” (source also of Italian prode “valiant”)

*a back-formation from Latin prodesse “be useful,” from pro- “before, for, instead of” (see pro-) + esse “to be” (see essence).

Here are three general modern meanings of the word Proud I found in various dictionaries:

1. Feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as highly honorable or creditable to oneself.

In other words, something you have done or something to do with – like learning to play Chopin or having a child who learns to play Bach when he’s 6 years old – that gives you honor or credit.
(Remember this for later in the article)

2. Having, proceeding from, or showing a high opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, or superiority.

OK. Think about where that high opinion comes from. Ask yourself why does one feel important or superior (which means if one feels superior, then others must be inferior, right)? What has one done to make them feel this way?

3. Highly honorable or creditable: a proud achievement.

Again, something someone has done and had success doing it.

                                                                                                                                         Moving on…

OK, we’ve got the general gist of what proud is.  Now for the American bit.

Let’s first discern what an American actually is.

What is an American?  Furthermore… what exactly is America?

A person, by chance is born of parents that lived on a piece of land that for a few hundred years has been called America. Except that this piece of land is part of The Americas which also include the following countries and territories*:

Chile
Argentina
Paraguay
Uruguay
Guyana
Suriname
Guyana Francesa
Venezuela
Colombia
Peru
Ecuador
Brazil
Bolivia
Guatemala
Costa Rica
Honduras
Mexico
El Salvador
Panama
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
Haiti
Belize
Antigua & Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Canada
Dominica
Grenada
Jamaica
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
United States of America
Nicaragua
(*I have listed 38 major countries/territories here, but it is not a full list. It is actually closer to 47!)

What is interesting is that the name America (as many of us that research events in history know) was named after an explorer named Amerigo Vespucci and was perpetuated by a German map maker named Martin Waldseemüller and the name was originally referring NOT to the area of the United States but to South America.

Spain refused to call this land mass America for two hundred years thinking this ‘New’ World should be named after Columbus!

(personally, I’m glad it wasn’t named after Columbus. I think he was an egotesticle schmuck.. yeah, I said it.)

The United States government simply hijacked the word America. We must not forget that the countries and territories listed above are also part of the Americas and are by default Americans. Which means that at one point in history, the USA has declared war on or bullied Fellow Americans that live in other countries (countries that make up what we call The Americas) starting from the birth of The United States onward.

  But exclaiming, ‘Proud to be a United Statesian!’ just doesn’t have the same ring, does it?

(The whole Immigration Problem spouted by politicians is IRONIC since the area of the US bordering Mexico used to belong to Mexico and was appropriated -stolen by force- from Mexico)

 

Luckily the rest of the world usually uses ‘The States’ when talking about The US of A.

Now let’s discuss what Proud and America(n) mean together in the phrase Proud to be American.

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How can one be ‘proud’ to be from a country? What have they done to be proud?

One might be a good person; a good musician; have a great sense of humor; have raised some good kids; and so on… and one can certainly be proud of their kids, proud of the music they make, the cake they bake, the cool shit they’ve done around the house… why? Because one has had something intrinsically to do with these things – the kids, the house, the music… the cake.

But proud to be American? Based on what was defined above… how is it possible?

Let’s think about this logically…. rationally.

If you are a Proud American, ask yourself this:

What the F#$%^ have you actually ‘done’ to be a proud American?

Wasn’t it by pure chance that you just happened to be born in The U.S. of Amerika?

One does not pick the country they are born in, do they?

The Modern Proud American had nothing to do with starting the country that is actually called The United States.

Perhaps Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Sam Adams and the rest of the posse may have been proud to be ‘American’ or ahem, a United Statesian, but that is because they were actually directly and intrinsically involved with the birth of the Nation. They took action, risked their lives, their families’ lives, their property, and their reputation (since about half of the people living on the land called America – and this includes Canada – back then considered themselves to be British) to kick-start what is now called The United States of America.

Most Americans have not fought for their country. And those soldiers who are ‘fighting’ for The United States now are certainly not fighting for the Freedoms that those in the American Revolution or even the Civil war fought for, but rather they are mere pawns fighting for corporate interests.

So people ‘serving’ in the military can’t be proud either… it is a false sense of pride at best… brainwashing does that to people.

People that live in the US have done nothing…. Absolutely NOTHING that merits being Proud to be a United Statesian.

Nothing that is but work their asses off at underpaying jobs while paying high taxes and not receiving a hell of a lot of benefits from those taxes (though the United Statesian’s tax dollar does go to not only bombing the shit out of other countries, but also keeps its Citizens in line – on their own soil – via a militarized police force with ultra-modern weapons aimed at them – the US Citizen – at any given time).

If you are a United Statesian that happens to feel ‘Proud to be American’ perhaps it is because you believe you have contributed to the economy with your time and labor, not unlike a peasant working for the Lord of The Manor (you’re not alone, much of the world is like this). But let’s get a clue: that ain’t shit to be proud about.

Proud Americans have not actually done anything to warrant being proud. If you are reading this post and you are American and you are proud, please let us know why… I’ll edit this post and include your reasons.

Have you been in the military? Have you held a political office? Even that isn’t a reason to be proud as the military and the politicians (right and left, there is no distinction) have done NOTHING to make the lives of the Citizens of the United States better; but have done a great job at making over half the world hate The United States of America’s guts…. which is why it is getting harder and harder to live in the US and also why it is getting more expensive and a lot more difficult to get by.

Except for those that own their own business and know how to work the books, or in high demand (like under-water welders), or CEOs of a big corporation (who do much of their business off shore… so they’re not really – for all intent and purposes – even considered American).

How many United Statesians have lost their jobs? How many United Statesians have seen a considerable increase in their wages ….or even have job security?

Don’t fool yourself.  We all see the I lost my job/I didn’t get promoted posts on-line all the time.

If people in The US of A stopped being proud by merely living in a country that they had no choice of being born in; of being proud of a country that in recent decades has left a raging dingle-berry mark on the planet; and cared more about what is happening in other countries and had a general knowledge of what was going on in the world (perhaps read a F@#$%^& history book now and again to know what has already happened in the world), then the world would be a better place. Believe me.

Knowledge IS Power.

Proud to be American? Realize that this phrase is an empty, propaganda line of F#$%^ing bull-cuck.

Do you want to be proud? Then be proud of being YOU. Be proud of your family. Be proud of your accomplishments. Be proud of the things you have an actual reason to be proud of!

Be proud that you’re an Earthling and that despite the odds our Species has made it this far (though we might not be here very much longer the way things are going).

Be happy and realize that your Life-style is a result of millions of people all over the world – past and present – that have contributed in the way of technology, making your toys, your appliances, growing your food, physics, math and philosophy (thank the Persians – i.e. those living in the area of Iran – for saving Greek philosophy and medicine after the Catholic Church burned books and refused to let its members learn about it, as the only book they deemed worthy was their bible).

And please also realize that without these millions of people – past and present – from all over the world, where would you be and what the F#$%^ would you have to be proud of?

We are Earthlings first.

The fact that we are here and we have advanced so far as a species – despite the natural and man-made barriers – IS something to be proud of.

Being born in a certain region of the world certainly is not.

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Sources:

1. http://etymonline.com/index.php
2. Webster’s Dictionary
3. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/proud
4. Dictionary.com
5. http://quizlet.com/797926/north-americasouth-americacentral-america-countries-capitals-flash-cards/
6. On Line World Maps
7. http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/america.htm

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  1. If people in The US of A stopped being proud by merely living in a country…that in recent decades has left a raging dingle-berry mark on the planet…cared more about what is happening in other countries and had a general knowledge of what was going on in the world (perhaps read a F@#$%^& history book now and again), then the world would be a better place…

    First, good to FINALLY see you post something again on your blog, you lazy bastard!

    Second, you’re still allowed to swear without punishment of drone strike…for now. Fuckin’ -eh!

    Third, the above quote is really all you had to say. America is full of self-absorbed, consumerist, imbeciles with absolutely NO knowledge of the world or its history. For that matter, they know virtually nothing about America’s own history, or to be honest, even most of its present. How can anybody be “proud” of an association with something they know next to nothing about and even less about what they are comparing it to, the rest of the world.

    The only thing they are really proud of is themselves, which is something they should actually be ashamed of. This is about self-love. Being “Proud to be an American” is really little more than self-worship and a way of silencing criticism of a way of life they relate to.

    Even though I’m Canadian, I was rather pro-American as a youngster. That’s primarily because I was naive and -most importantly- ignorant of America’s reality. As I grew to see how it conducted itself in the world (Central American dirty wars, economic imperialism, CIA, etc) and how Americans increasingly neglected & mistreated even their fellow Americans, I fell off the American bandwagon. Off the top of my head, I honestly can’t think of anything about America to be proud of since Disco died. It’s a nation living entirely upon its past glory.

    But I’m not the only one who has fallen off the American bandwagon.. In recent decades, the 1% and their toadies have completely abandoned America. Often, quite literally. Countless American factories have been moved to where ever they work cheapest, leaving Americans and America with the rubble left behind. The economy has been re-shaped so that they can succeed enormously while the rest of America struggles and fails.

    • Indeed Sedate, The United States is not an area filled with zip codes anymore. It is one big tax code.

  2. By the way, whenever anyone in Aus asks me where I’m from (and a great many assume “Canada” because I don’t have a Southern, Midwestern or Brooklyn accent), I generally say either “New England” or “Boston, Massachusetts,” as I am proud of the landscape, critical thinking, love of reading, etc. found there (and that may have shaped me in some way). Whether I deserve to be proud (which might be an undercurrent in your article… the notion that many Yanks may not have earned that pride) is questionable, but that swelling in the heart is true.

  3. A good read, Paul—and I don’t pay that compliment freely. There’s a measured tone to this that is sometimes absent from other posts and it serves you well. Always good food for thought—Big Lou DeLuca would be proud… times around his kitchen table were not wasted.

    • Thanks Brother.

      I made a couple of needed corrections, additions and revisions…

      I do miss the times we spent at Lou’s kitchen table.


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