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Reasons to Be Proud of America…For Those Who Find It Difficult

On February 18, 2008, Michelle Obama, presidential candidate Barack Obama’s wife, was quoted as saying that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change.” She went on to say that “I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment.”

Speaking before a crowd at UCLA, Michelle Obama said further, that “[Economically], things have gotten progressively worse throughout my lifetime, through Democratic and Republican administrations, it hasn’t gotten better for regular folks … Barack Obama is the only person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation.”

So if I may summarize…

  • From 1982 through 2007 (25 years of her adult life), Michelle Obama was “frustrated”, “disappointed” and never “really proud of her country.”
  • During that time period, “things [in this country] have gotten progressively worse”
  • And because of this downward progression of this country over the past 25 years, the “soul” of this nation is broken and needs to be fixed (by Barack Obama).Both Michelle and Barack Obama have defended the remarks, saying they were taken out of context and they have tried to further clarify the pride they have for their country. Yet just this week, Barack Obama has again declared his lack of pride in his country. In a speech on Wednesday, Senator Obama said “If [a] child should ever get the chance to travel the world, and someone should ask her where is she from, we believe that she should always be able to hold her head high with pride in her voice when she answers, ‘I am an American.’ That is the course we seek. That is the change we are calling for.” If being able to proudly declare that you are an American is a “change” for Barack Obama, it is clear that he doesn’t currently feel that way.Well Barack, let me tell you, this country is the greatest nation on earth, the freest nation on earth, the most blessed nation on earth. When there are crises around the world, this nation and its citizen come to the rescue. Our constitution is a model for most countries around the world. We liberated Europe twice from fascist armies. We’ve liberated 50 million people from tyranny in Iraq and Afghanistan (which you have opposed). We are the economic and military super power of the world because of the greatness and goodness of the people of this country, a country which you repeatedly express that you are ashamed of. Well I’m proud of this country, and I’ll continue to be proud of this country as long as the people of this nation uphold their constitution, seek to spread liberty and fear the Almighty God.

    So, for those who find it difficult, here are just a few reasons to be proud of the United States, over the past 25 years:

  • 1983: the Internet is born. The first TCP/IP network is developed by Robert E. Kahn, Vint Cerf and others.
  • 1987: “Tear down this wall” was the famous challenge from United States President Ronald Reagan to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall.
  • 1989: Berlin wall comes down and communism begins to crumble.
  • The first patent for LASIK was granted by the US Patent Office to Gholam A. Peyman, MD on June 20, 1989.
  • 1991: The US Armed Forces liberate Kuwait after an attempted takeover by Suddam Husein and Iraq.
  • 1996: in the wake of Hurricane Mitch, the US donates $70 million to Honduras, as well as aid from US troops and private organizations
  • 2001: In the face of terrorist attacks, Americans come together like never before. Firefighters lose their lives in the twin towers, millions of Americans flood the blood banks, brave crew and passengers overpower the hijackers on United flight 93.
  • Within weeks of the launch of the Iraq war in 2003, the US was re-opening schools. Since then, teacher salaries were raised from $5 a month to an average of $300 a month. USAID trained 33,000 high school teachers in effective and modern classroom management, and distributed school supplies and textbooks to more than 5 million students.
  • 2004: US comes to the aid of Southeast Asia after the Tsunami that hit coast of Sumatra, Indonesia and killed hundreds of thousands, donating $950 million in government aid and countless millions of privately donated aid
  • 2005: The American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Convention, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Service International, and many other charitable organizations provided help to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the thousands of hours of volunteered labor, these organizations raised and donated over $4.25 billion.
  • Real GDP 1982 = $5 Trillion. Real GDP 2007 = $11 Trillion.
  • GDP per Person 1982 = $23,000. GDP per Person 2007 = $36,000
  • Life Expectancy 1982 = 75. Life Expectancy 2007 = 77.
  • So you see, Barack and Michelle Obama, this country, and the people of this country, have done much to be proud of in the last 25 years. The list above could go on and on. Readers, feel free to contribute to the list through your comments: What are some more reasons you can think of to be proud of this nation since 1982?