Man, I jumped on this morning, and everyone is slamming the US because it is such an evil empire. Both of those terms don't apply, by the way.
(We're not evil, and we are not taking over the world.)
Anyway, what do I love about the US? I only have about 10 minutes before I have to leave for work, so I might have to continue this when I get in.
I love the fact that we began the ending to all slavery in the civilized world through Abe Lincoln's precious words.
I love the fact that people like Martin Luther King jr. can do what he did, and not be arrested. (For those of you who didn't know, MLK ALWAYS got
the proper permits, etc. so none of his marches were illegal.) To demonstrate peacfully, and change a country.
I love the fact that in the US, the whole country can be revolutionized through peaceful demonstrations, such as MLK.
I love the fact that we were the first nation on the face of the planet to have a complete change in government, one leader replacing another who did
not want to step down, without any violence. A peaceful transition of power. We were first to do it, and continue to do so today.
I love the fact that America has such a rich history despite it only being 200 years old.
I love the fact that America has gone from a piddling few colonies fighting by the skin of their teeth for independance to the world's only
superpower in a mere 200 years.
I love the fact that America's culture has infiltrated all countries throughout the world, not because it's forced on them, but because they want to
make it part of their own culture (except France
I love the fact that you don't have to be afraid when you get the government's attention, such as by reporting a crime or filing a lawsuit as you do
in other countries sometimes. Here, in the US, the government can't do a background check on you for reporting a crime and then arrest you for
something you did.
I love that you're presumed innocent until you're proven
guilty. A Russian friend of mine told me it's the opposite in Russia, and as a
result, most of the time, when you're accused, you're hosed, because you have to create a case the shows beyond a shadow of doubt that you're
innocent. From a prison cell.
I don't love the fact that I have to go to work. I'll continue this later.
[Edited on 1-27-2004 by junglejake]