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What does it mean to be an American?

For me it's understanding what it takes to be free and appreciating what sacrifices our men and women, sons and daughters, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren have made and continue to make.

Watch the following through to the end. If you don't shed a tear you either need help or you simply don't get it...


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It means doing your best and expecting others to do the same. Self sufficiency, a sense of right and wrong, and a sense of country above all else except Freedom.
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It means being an American citizen. There's not much else to it.

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It means being an American citizen. There's not much else to it.
Seriously?
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to me being an American means opportunity... and those opportunities are bestowed upon us thanks to a free market system that provides us with a strong educational system. The truly great Americans are the ones who harness those opportunities and run free with them.

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I rode with the Patriot Guard to bring home a fallen Marine in Paris. The patriotism was almost a physical wave.

Being an American for me means doing what's right, no matter the cost, protecting those who can't protect themselves and taking care of your family.
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Watch the following through to the end. If you don't shed a tear you either need help or you simply don't get it...
I'm with you. It didn't take 30 seconds for the tears to flow.

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Seriously?
Yes.. being an "American" is very easy... being patriotic takes more and what you guys are talking about is being a "Patriotic American".
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Country, then family/self. Although I'll admit - every year that goes by I'm less willing to put country before family. Did it plenty in the past, no so much in the present - suppose others need to do so now.

Still, country/family before anything else. Doing a little service for your country...etc. Most people I know have only served themselves all their lives. That's a freedom Americans have, but certainly not very patriotic.

Hell, if it were up to me Veterans would get 20 or 30 votes as opposed to a standard citizen (or at least 2). Yes, even if I don't agree with the Vet.

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very nice!

what a sense of community in this country.and to think this is what our goverment wants to "CHANGE"

how great it is to see so much respect for a fallen american.thats to say the least.


on a side note i bet Obama wouldn't get that kinda turnout.

nice find!

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Seriously?
Dead fucking serious. You can't start associating subjective ideals with an objective state of being. When you do that you wind up with what we've got today: a bunch of people pulling in different directions driven by their opinions and ideals, tearing this country apart in the process, even if their ideals are pure and well-meaning.

Americans have taken the "democracy" part of what this country stands for and run away with it and forgotten the "freedom" part in the process. Americans believe that if something is done democratically, then it's ok. Newsflash: just because a decision is made democratically does not mean that it is fit for this country.

"'Do what thou wilt' shall be the whole of the law until you violate the rights of another." The men who founded this country operated on a principle similar to this and founded this country on it and we've gone completely away from it.

Somehow we've become obsessed with controlling how people live their lives: conservatives are too often attempting to inject morality into the public while liberals are always trying to control what the public can and can't do. They're working in completely opposite directions, yet they're working together to slowly deteriorate the essence of this country.

Just my .02, though.

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For me it's understanding what it takes to be free and appreciating what sacrifices our men and women, sons and daughters, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren have made and continue to make.

Watch the following through to the end. If you don't shed a tear you either need help or you simply don't get it...
Thanks for posting that, and I do get it...all too well.
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Being an American for me means doing what's right, no matter the cost, protecting those who can't protect themselves and taking care of your family.
Couldn't have said it better myself.


"Americans who volunteer for military service effectively write a blank check, payable to the United States of America for an amount "up to and including my life." The United States, in turn, promises to spend these checks responsibly."
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-21-2009, 01:45 PM
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To me, being an American is doing everything possible for every other American to do what they think they need to do to be an American.



Wait, does that shit even make sense?!?!
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