originally posted by: Christosterone
This is a simple question answer op…
So what say you ATS...
Are y'all proud of y'alls country?
If so why or why not?
I'm an expat, so the question is one posed to me often and that I am constantly led to consider.
My national pride has wained seriously in the last twenty years.
I found, upon leaving the country, that much of what I'd been conditioned to believe about America simply was not true.
It was a harsh eye opener, which I fought against for a few years. I had been lied to about quality of life issues in other countries, which painted
ours as superior.
But most of all, it seems to me that our country has been devolving in many ways. Like it reached it apogee and began to fall apart. The extreme
valuation of Individualism seems to come to a point of manifesting it's drawbacks in the long term, which illustrate the problems that arise between
theory and reality- exactly the way Communism did.
The country has been engulfed in polarization, turned against itself, like a body with auto-immune disease. The two party system is eating it up. It
might be a false impression created by what I observe on this site and in other social media, but I hear the same in person from my family back home.
It seems like it is on a path of self destruction (all the while claiming the threat is without).
I am not particularly proud now, no. Since FATCA started coming after me and my children, to make us pay US taxes, even when we do not benefit from
any of the US protections or services embittered me more and led me to consider renouncing my american nationality. That was a hard thing to consider
and felt like a rather existential choice.
No matter what, I remain deeply american in my values, ethics and perceptions - I cannot change that. I can criticize or analyze them, but I cannot
In any case, they made it impossible to do so (with huge fees and the obligation to continue paying US taxes anyway), so that question is moot. But it
did cause me to contemplate - am I willing to pay to be part of that collective (in addition to what I pay for this one)? What do I get in return for
that? Is it worth it? Personally, I had to conclude it is not.