Why I Love the United States of America
Hating America. It’s a popular thing to do on the internet and in the wider world. Now I should say, for those who don’t know, I am not American (though I wish I was). I am actually a Briton, born and raised in Wales. I should also point out that I have never actually been to the USA (though I wish I had). But, I know enough from reading, watching and researching about the USA to know how fantastic it really is. The land of the free, the home of the brave and where liberty is a right guaranteed. America is a land of rich culture and history. America is a land where if you work hard you can achieve anything you desire.
America is the land of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Thomas Paine.
America is the land that gave us Ronald Reagan, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
America is the land that gave us John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson.
America is the land that gave us Ayn Rand, Thomas Sowell and Milton Friedman.
America is the land that gave us Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Rosa Parks.
America is the land that gave us Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk.
America is the land that gave us Forest Gump, The Godfather and Doctor Strangelove.
America is the land that helped the western world defeat communism in Russia, east Germany and the wider world. America is the land that came to rescue Europe in World War 2 and helped the world defeat the Nazi threat. America has given the world so much in terms of invention, innovation, philosophy, culture, entertainment and history, it’s difficult to comprehend. In this piece, I will be explaining to you why I love the United States of America. The land of the free and the home of the brave. The land where liberty and freedom flourishes.
American Capitalism cannot be ignored when talking about American greatness. Capitalism in the US has created a culture where if you can dream it, you can sell it. The American marketplace ranges from wacky, absurd, sensible and practical. In America, if you can dream it, you can buy it, sell it or create it. In its open and free market anyone can work up to the top. Anyone can start-up their own business venture. Anyone can do anything and be anything they want so long as they put the hard work into it. That’s the American dream. Work hard and reap the rewards. American capitalism gives consumers freedom, gives the markets freedom and the people more freedom. If you have an insane idea that may change the world, and you believe in it, America is your land. It is the home of the dreamers and the shakers. The wildest, most independent minds who refuse to just accept things as is.
American Hope, Drive and Ambition
It pains me to even write this next part, but in Britain, there seems to be an enormous sense of self-defeatism. The British people are often too realistic in thought and more pessimistic as a result, though this description obviously doesn’t speak for everyone in the nation. The point I’m trying to make is that when you compare Britain’s spirit to America’s spirit, there is a clear contrast. The American people’s spirit is so much different from the British people’s spirit. The American people are dreamers with the boldest ideas and the brightest vision to achieve them. American history is a large reason as to why the American people are so determined and unafraid to conquer anything that comes in their way. The American people are pioneers. They hold onto their dreams no matter how impossible they seem at the time. This is something that is entrenched into the American DNA and the American way of life. They strive, they fight, they save and they never give up. They keep going until they get what they want, and often they don’t stop there. They keep going for more and more. Never settle and stay hungry is the best way to describe the American spirit, the American drive, the American hope, the American Ambition and the American dream as a whole.
The American People and their Pride
The history, the culture and the philosophers are all window dressing when you talk about America. The real reason anyone loves America, is due to the immense sense of pride Americans feel for America. Americans are unabashed patriots. Here in Britain, holding up an England or Union Jack flag often results in looks of disgust and accusations of being a racist. Patriotism is almost looked down on in Britain. Not in the USA. They are unapologetically proud of their nation! They don’t just celebrate America and Americanism once a year on July the 4th. American’s celebrate their country every single day. American flags are everywhere you look and people say God bless America in passing to their neighbours. The people of the US genuinely do love their country. They would die for their country if it meant preserving it for the next generation. This is because to Americans, America is not the government of the day. It’s not the white house, the senate or the congress. Americans love America because of their fellow Americans. American pride isn’t about the backing of a president, it’s about backing America and its people. American pride is about celebrating the ideals, values and ideas put forward by America’s founding fathers. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberty. It’s about being able to put aside differences and come together as one people to celebrate the country in which they live and everything it stands for. The best part of America? Anyone can be an American. So long as you are willing to do your fair share and pay it, you can be an American. So long as you are willing to fight for your communities and your country, you can be an American. So long as you are willing to fit into the American way of life, you can be an American. So long as you believe in the principles of freedom and liberty for all, you can be an American. America is open for business. America is open to anyone who is willing to be an American. America is the melting pot of the world, and it works! It works because everyone unites around one flag, one nation and one cause. America. American people, in my experience, are the best people. They are kind, upbeat, uplifting and optimistic. They help you out when you’re feeling low. They never quit and they never admit defeat. They are patriotic. They are friendly. They are proud. They are kind. They are upbeat. They are uplifting. But most importantly, they are proud to be Americans living in America.
American Technological, Scientific and Medical Advancements
If it weren’t for American minds, the world would be a much bleaker place. America put the first man on the moon. America created the transistor. America created the first mass-producible car. Hell, America even created the internet! America is the country of technological advancement. This should be enough to convince anyone to love the USA. Without America, we wouldn’t have any iPhones, iPads or Macs. Without America, we wouldn’t have Windows PCs. Without America, we wouldn’t have Google or Android. Without America, we wouldn’t have any major technology system! Without America, the world wouldn’t have been blessed with the great technological minds such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Wozniak and many others. Without America, the world wouldn’t have been blessed with the great scientific minds of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell or George Carver Washington. Without America, the world would still be in the technological and scientific dark ages. Without America, humanity would be behind in terms of medical advancements and science. The United States is still the land of small business owners and innovators. America’s continued scientific, technological and medical innovation is a huge reason that the United States is still arguably the biggest determining factor in global market economic impact. I’ve already said this, but I’ll say it again. If you have an insane idea that may change the world, and you believe in it, America is your land. It is the home of the dreamers and shakers. The wildest, most independent minds who refuse to just accept things as is.
America is a country whereby the people have a government and not the other way around. This makes America a unique country. Another thing that makes America a unique country is the US constitution. The constitution is a document which limits the power of government and enshrines the rights of the American people. One of the rights given to the people, by the constitution, is the right to freedom. Freedom of religion, freedom of expression and the freedom to do whatever the individual wants where ever the individual wants, so long as it doesn’t infringe upon the rights of anyone else. This type of freedom is not found anywhere else in the world. Yes, there are other countries that have freedom. Canada, Japan, France the UK etc. But nowhere has freedom like the United States. There is no other country like it. Let’s take Canada for example. Canada is a place where the right to spontaneously protest and peaceably assemble has been banned in provinces like Quebec. Canada is a place where gun registration isn’t allowed unless you can justify to the government, why you think you should have the right to self-defence. Canada is also a place where freedom of the press is almost non-existent due to the government owning TV news stations, which effectively puts a monopoly on the news. Also, unlike the United States, in Canada, you don’t even have the right to freedom of expression. Canada is not exactly the bastion of freedom when compared to the United States. Let’s try another country, let’s try the United Kingdom, my home country. In the UK we have to pay the highest tax rates in the world, how is that for personal and economic freedom. Also, UK businesses can be closed down for exercising freedom of religion. Also in the UK, access to firearms is all but non-existent, so the freedom to own a firearm is out the window. Freedom of speech is even a right which is currently under attack in Britain. Again, not exactly the bastion of freedom. This story is the same for pretty much every other country. Freedom of religion seems to be a big freedom which is being infringed upon. So much, in fact, the UN compiled a report about it. The reason though many countries don’t have the same freedom as the USA is because they weren’t designed to. Let’s take Japan for instance. Japan was founded on a class system of pre-determined non-moving societal structures. Japan is also a country which prohibits personal possession of firearms for self-defense. Oh, and religious freedom is, in essence, all but nonexistent, because of course, it is. Obviously, I can’t go through every country to list the differences in terms of freedom. What I can say however without any shadow of a doubt, is that not only are the other countries that claim to offer “freedom” nowhere near as free as the USA but most of them were never designed to be.
It goes without saying however that all this personal freedom comes with consequences. For example, America doesn’t have the greatest life expectancy. In fact, the US ranks 49th in life expectancy. But having personal freedom also gives people the right to eat salads, train and keep fit. A consequence of personal freedom might be having a terrible life expectancy as a nation, but it could also mean winning the Olympic games, beating world records and being internationally recognised as a fierce sporting nation. America though is unlike other countries which have low life expectancy because of famine and lack of food. America has so much overabundance in food that many Americans, in their personal freedom, over-indulge themselves into an early death. In the US, you are free to do so and that is the way it should be. Personal freedoms allow people to do anything they want and go down any path they like. That’s a good thing! It’s not for the state to tell people how to live. Sure America may not be the #1 country when it comes to subjects like Math or Science. Though let’s be honest, it is hard for the US to compete with places like China, where children are told what their life profession is going to be, by the government, at a young age based on their genetics. With freedom, comes a greater variance than in non-free societies. And I’d take American freedom over any other countries excuse for freedom any day of the week.
America’s Military Might
I can already hear the onslaught of liberal and progressive anger. Usually, the first question they ask is somewhere along the lines of:
“How can anyone praise the American military when it has caused so much destruction and instability throughout the world?”
Well, that answer to that is actually pretty simple. Without America’s military might, I wouldn’t be able to write this article. Without America’s military might, I wouldn’t be able to speak, act or express myself freely. America’s are the defenders of freedom, throughout the world. From the time they helped us in World War 2 to defeat the fascist Nazis or the time they, in the 1980s, helped bring down the Soviet Empire. These are just a handful of times that America has fought to protect the values of freedom in the wider world and in their own country. Without America’s military, Europe might be under a fascist tyranny. Without America’s military, the Soviet Union may have spread further.
The American military is by far the greatest defender of freedom. Countries get to enjoy the benefits of the free world, because of the greatest peace-keeping organisation the world has ever known, the United States military. Countries can complain that America spends too much on its military. But the burden of ensuring the continuance of the free world at all falls squarely on the United State’s shoulders, not theirs. Let’s take Canada for instance. Canada enjoys being able to censor public speech and stop people demonstrating in public spaces. Okay, but let’s change one thing about the situation. From now on, Canada has to protect their own borders and its countries natural resources and people, because if it wasn’t for the United States acting like their big brother. France the same. Sure, France can continue enjoying their suppression of religious freedom, okay. But now try doing that while keeping your economy afloat and stopping terror cells around the globe and also giving more foreign aid to third world countries than any nation in the history of the world. See if you can make it work. The point I’m trying to make here is that while other countries criticise America’s military, they themselves wouldn’t take up the vital role America plays in it. Hell, some wouldn’t even be able to if they tried!
Too often we criticise American might, without being thankful for the peace and freedom it brings to its allies in the wider world. God bless the USA.
American culture is the most exported culture around the world. Films, music, TV, food, icons and leaders. Never in history has a country exported so much culture like America. American culture is everywhere we look! The top grossing films? They are all American made. Even when you throw the United Kingdom into the mix, American films are always on top. American cinema is the best cinema on the face of the planet. Films like Forrest Gump, Doctor Strangelove, 2001: A Space Oddesy, Jaws, The Godfather, Schindler’s List, Space Jam and The Shawshank Redemption are all America made! Music artists like Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Hendrix are all courtesy of America! TV shows like Breaking Bad, The X-Files, The Walking Dead, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Greys Anatomy, Mad Men, The Office, True Detective and American Crime/Horror story were all made and produced in the United States. Foods like Fortune Cookies, French Dip Sandwiches, English Muffins, Pasta Primavera, German Chocolate, Swiss Steak, Doritos, Chimichanga, KFC and McDonalds were all created in America. Cultural icons of the modern world such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Louis Armstrong, Babe Ruth, Walt Disney, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Brad Pitt, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, James Dean, Michael J. Fox, Andy Warhol, Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Charlie Chaplin all made their names in the United States. And let’s not forget the revered American leaders like that of Ronald Reagan, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison. America dominates the list every single time when it comes to culture! The world has spoken with their dollar and their minds. Yet, the irony is that liberals accuse America of having no real culture. No real cultural assets. They say this while being totally ignorant of the fact that America is only the country capable of making culture its greatest export!
Let history show that America’s culture is by far the most dynamic, the most influential, the most popular and the most exported culture on planet Earth.
American history is one of the most diverse pieces of history in the world. America’s history is dark, twisted and uncomfortable to read. However, American history is also bright, inspirational and comforting to learn. Wherever evil has reared its ugly head, America has defeated it. When the south wanted to carry on keeping slaves, America fought back and defeated them. When people tried to deny African American’s civil rights, great Americans like that of Martin Luther King fought back and won the rights of millions of people! Even overseas, when communism was spreading like Cancer throughout Europe and the wider world, America fought back and defeated communism! America fought back against the Nazis and helped us win the war against evil. America has always stood up for freedom. America has always stood up for equality before the law. America has always stood up for the rights of a free nation.
America’s history is not just a history of war, as some people like to claim. America’s history is diverse and full of just about everything you can imagine. From when Thomas Jefferson signed and delivered the Declaration of Independence and James Madison and the rest of the Founding Fathers put together the Bill of Rights, America was born. A country built on the idea of limited government, equal rights for the people and liberty was born. Since that day, the nation that was forged by pioneers, pilgrims and patriots, has done great things. America created the wings that fly us all around the planet. America has sent us to space in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding. America has been the land of the free. America has been the land of people like Dr Martin Luther King who headed the civil rights movement. America has been the home of great inventors like that of Thomas Edison who invented the light bulb. America is the land of Abraham Lincoln, who defeated the south and freed the slaves. America is the land of Ronald Reagan, who won the cold war without firing a shot. America is the land of Marilyn Monroe, whose acting and modelling legacy still lives on today. America is the land of the 1920’s fads and crazes. America is the land of Henry Ford, who founded the word renowned Ford motor company, and more so the entire modern car industry. America is the land of Milton Friedman, whose message of economic freedom and liberty lives on today. America is the land which gave us the transistor. America is the land that gave us the modern-day computer. America is the land of the constitution. America is the land of freedom. Without America, the world as we know it would cease to exist. America’s history has been one of innovation and invention. America’s history has been one of freedom and liberty. America’s history has been one of philosophy and ideology. America’s history has been one of both war and peace. America’s history has been about being both weak and poor. America’s history is about inspiration and motivation. America’s history is about men and women who trusted god. American history is people who believed creation had much to offer. American history is about men and women believing and striving to create something bigger than themselves that would impress upon mankind for good. America’s history is a history based on the vision of inventors, idealists and innovators.
America’s history is one of innovation and invention. America’s history is one of freedom and liberty. America’s history is one of philosophy and ideology. America’s history is one of both war and peace. America’s history is one about being both weak and strong, poor and wealthy. America’s history is about inspiration and motivation. America’s history is about men and women who trusted god. American history is people who believed creation had much to offer. American history is about men and women believing and striving to create something bigger than themselves that would impress upon mankind for good. America’s history is a history based on the vision of inventors, idealists and innovators.
America’s history is humanity’s history, as, without America, humanity as we know it today simply wouldn’t exist.
The Nature and Scenery of America
Above all else, the breathtaking nature of America is what makes it truly great.
The Beaches of Hawaii
The Grand Canyon
The Lakes of Minnesota
The Mountains of Colorado and the Rockies
Yes, America has made a lot of mistakes throughout its history, of that there is no doubt. But America has done incredible things. America has made the world a much better place. Without America, the whole world would be a vastly different place. The culture, the history, the innovation, the philosophy, the entertainment, the capitalism, the people, the patriotism, the nature and the scenery of the US are the things that make America great. It is the land of the free and the home of brave. The land where anything is possible. The land where dreams come to life. The land where freedom is a right guaranteed.
I may not be American by blood. But I feel American. I share the pride, the patriotism and the belief that the US has blessed the world with greatness that is incomparable to any other nation on the planet. I love the United States of America. I’d gladly stand up and defend her still today. There is no doubt I love America.
God bless the USA. God bless the shining city upon a hill. God bless the red white and blue.
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