reply to post by Narcissous
I live in the US.
I find a lot of what we do idiotic.
I find a lot of our interests unimportant.
I find a lot of our ideals warped.
I find our common sense and willingness to accept or even hear new ideas lacking.
Do I hate America? No. I hate the state of America, but I know the people aren't to blame for what has happened and is continuing to happen, at
least not completely.
My patriotism to this country, in my opinion, is believing it CAN change, and it changes with the beliefs of the people.
There are a lot of people in this country who would tell you "if you don't believe in fighting for your country, you should find another
country." I never understood that, because I know, personally, that most of these people are the same ones who despise politicians. The same
politicians who evoke injust war.
Often times I get this stoic militarists to admit that World War II was the last legitimate war we were in, but still they hold strong to this opinion
that I still owe my strength and courage to the cause.
The cause I don't believe in. The cause I will never believe in. Because a politician said so. In the "Land of the Free" which implies Free-Will
Their faith is unshakable - not because their faith is in America, but because they believe they're fighting for their neighbors.
Unfortunately, it is also my opinion that these people are wrong - not because their opinion is wrong, but because they are fighting for something
they don't believe in under the banner of something else. It doesn't matter how many enemies you kill, the chances of a terrorist attack are the
same. It doesn't matter how long you're in a war if the war has no objective - your neighbor never gets any safer. Yet if I tried to tell this to
someone with such strong beliefs, they would deny me. They would tell me I am in the wrong, that my opinion isn't any more valid than theirs, and
that what I say is offensive, because I am denouncing their beliefs.
Humans are monkeys. They only recognize beliefs can be wrong until the beliefs in question become their own. Intelligent people know how to
manipulate their listeners into zealotry. It isn't limited to America, although in our current age it does seem rampant in America.
OP, no one can blame you for hating America, if you do.
But I strongly think your hate is misplaced.
I think you should hate politics. People may have allowed themselves to be lulled into this helpless state, but you can't blame them, because there
were once honest politicians in America.