Well, since the mods aren't bothered by this thread. I'll put in my 2 cents again:
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.
Another thing I love about this country: The freedom of religion. The freedom to practice any religion we choose to, from Christianity to Satinism.
Any religion, and we are allowed to follow those aspects of our religion, even if they violate the law.
I love the fact that we can walk down our streets, generally, and not have to fear for our lives, worried soldiers may shoot us, or the police will
drive by and take us out. I love our sense of security.
I love our diversity. We have peoples from every nation on earth. And they work together to form the glue which keeps our great nation together.
I love the fact that we have every climate in the world within our borders. We have polar weather in Alaska, we've got equatorial weather in Hawii,
we've got deserts, forests, mountains, swamplands, rivers, lakes, plains, and hills. And our people live in all of them, increasing our diversity
while still bringing us closer together.
I love the love Americans have for one another, even if they don't always like eachother. When there is a major crisis, we cease the bickering and
pull together. As Admiral Yamamoto said, "I fear we have awoken a sleeping giant, and filled it with a terrible resolve."
I love the determination of Americans. When we put our minds to do something, we do it. We developed the Jeep because we put our minds to it. We
connected the country with railroads because we put our minds to it. We went to the moon (this isn't a hoax thread, we'll talk in one of the 36,000
moon landing faked threads) because we wanted to.
I love how much America and Americans cherish human life. Though we know there can and will be sacrifices in conflicts such as the Gulf Wars, Vietnam,
World Wars, Korea, etc. we still morn for those we lost. Not just the families, but the entire nation.
I love America's universal education. Every man and woman, regardless of creed or race, is entitled to education.
I love the incredible amount of foodstuffs in America. America has the highest potential of any country in the world to produce food, and there are so
many different ways we prepare it! You can walk down the street in Chicago, and see one vender selling corn dogs across the street from a prestigious
French resteraunt which is next door to a Burger King, which is next door from a Chinese resteraunt, which is across the street from a Greek
I love the fact that we can criticize our government, our president, our judges, our congressmen, etc. and not worry about some secret police force
coming to our door and taking us away for torture or execution...Which brings me to my next point:
I love the fact that torture is outlawed for ALL crimes. There is nothing you can do in America, from running a red light to trying to start a
revolution, which will get you tortured in this great nation.
Check out that farm! Only in America...
[Edited on 4-25-2004 by junglejake]