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graymuzzle

On the Fourth of July- Who are we Americans?

Well, the answer to your question depends on who you'd ask.....a cowboy in Montana, an L.A. surfer, a fashion designer in South Beach, A Louisiana fisherman.......
You see, while we are all 'Americans', there is no such creature as an 'American'. There are no 'American' beliefs. The same countrt that just elected the first Black president, fifty years ago, imprisonedv all of it's Japanese citizens.
I am an American. I live an hour out of Time Square, NYC, in what I lovingly refer to as the 'People's Republic of Connecticut'. We have no Republican state officials. We have abortion, Gay marraige, and medical marijuana. It's as far removed as I can imagine from my former home of Louisiana, now trapped firmly in the 18th century.
So, who are we?
Having lived through the aftermath of WWII, through 9/11, I can say that Americans love their country. When sufficiently provoked, we can put aside....for a time....our petty differences and kick some ass, or save the world. We are some of the kindest, most charitable people on the face of the earth. By the same token, we have been lazy. We've let the politicians take countrol. We've elevated militarism to a secular religion. right up there along with capitolism. And we have let the politicians hoodwink us into petty battles over non issues, while they have walked away with our contry, our jobs, our national wealth.
But we are a hearty and determined people. Still a young nation, we have a long way to go. This nationa has a strong heart, and a stronger will. The greed, secularism, and fake religiosity will, in time, be seen as the false issues that they are. Once again, we will be strong and proud.
For what unites us is stronger than what divides us. You see, Americans believe in a square deal. Giving a hand to a stranger. Not sticking our nose in the business of others. The American people are stronger and smarter than the poiiticians who have bought their way into office. We have outlived them in the past, and will do so again.
So, don't believe that we are what you see in the newspapers. Nor are we a sum of the opinions of our politicians. Rather, we are the people who saved the world fifty years ago. The guys who put a man on the moon. The last line of defense when no one else can help. The smartest, toughest, most unruly sons of bitches on earth. But sons of bitches with strong backs, and big hearts, and a hand to help our neighbiors. Sometimes we're stupid and naive, but we mean well.
I'm not sure where this country is headed. We have some tough times ahead. But America is not down, and it certainly isn't out. I believe in US. We as a country have been blessed. But much is expected. I believe we will rise to whatever challenges we face.
All of us. This old hippy fox, and his children, the soldiers. I love them, and I respect the Hell out of the fact that, when the chips were down, they lived their beliefs, as I did when I fought against an earlier war.
So, maybe you can cut us some slack. We're still figuring this thing out. But, we love you guys, wherever you are. And if, by chance you need something- money, protection, disaster relief- we'll be there. I know it. We alway have; I trust we always will
Sincerely,
Gray Muzzle
Commie Pinko Liberal
and proud American

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Added: 6 years, 1 month ago
 
kibasnowpaw
6 years, 1 month ago
sry but that just made me lmfao because that not how i see or know American´s i not saying what you say is not tru just that long from what i see them. From the sideline but i guess you have to be American te see it that way
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
Interesting. I'm as Anti-government as a person can be. And I'd personally like to roll back each and every thing this country did during the long, dark reign of George W. Bush. But I see a difference between what the people think and fell, as opposed to what the government tells you. Plus, I'm old. I've seen the attitudes change over time. Plus, I live in the Northeast, where attitudes are different than they are in the South and Midwest.
Kolo
6 years, 1 month ago
There's Jingoism for you.
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
Not really.
Kolo
6 years, 1 month ago
Yarly.
Feryl
6 years, 1 month ago
You said it well & accurately, fellow survivor! I don't have the life experience that you do yet, but I've seen more than most of the little whiney twerps who complain about this country ever will. I served my country in the US Navy & have proudly earned the right to bitch about her if I choose. But having worked for that right, it's one I doubt I'll ever invoke.

Feryl Foxwood
Damn near a graymuzzle
Proud American
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
Ah, a sailor! I've got a special place in this old heart for sailors. My son was a sand sailor in Iraq, and my daughter in law is still active duty, USN. Norfolk. One of the best times of my life was taking the Tiger Cruise aboard the JFK from Norfolk to homeport. Gotta be impressed with what you guys do. I treasure the caps from the ships on which my son served.
(gives you a foxie salute)
BTW, I enlisted in the Navy Jag program, then failed the physical. Not fit enough for combat law, I guess.
Feryl
6 years, 1 month ago
*salutes you back with respect* I'm sorry to hear you didn't get in. I guess being a military lawyer is a brutal world. Heh.

I was an aviation microelectronics tech aboard the Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). There were some tough times, some wonderful times. But I'm proud to have served my country.
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
Well, if you can't be a sailor, I guess being a sailor's father is the next best thing. And they let me ride on their ship!
Justin is in electronics as well. He was a weapons system operator; he now works on rebuilding those guns at the shipyard in Norfolk.
The irony is that when I got to sail on the JFK, my son was serving as an MP at the time, so I bunked in the legal/security section of the ship. Not so nice! At least I would have gotten to eat in a nicer dining room.
DOtter
6 years, 1 month ago
" ...Rather, we are the people who saved the world fifty years ago...


In 1962? From what? I think you've got a figure wrong in there somewhere.

But never mind. Here's probably the nicest present a Canuck ever gave you. -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwv-dndrMDE

And just in case, here it is written down. http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/Our_Culture/americans.htm

Happy Independence Day!
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
Alright; it WAS 67 years since the big war- time gets away from us seniors sometimes.
I'd heard Sinclair before, but it's always nice to hear it again. There's been a lot America got wrong, but it pales in comparison to what we got right, the contributions we made, and the sacrifices that Americans made to their fellows on this planet.
My son and I disagree over the war in Iraq, but I give him credit for giving up his comfortable life to fight for what he believed in. I doubt he ever met an Iraqi before, yet he was willing to give his life for their freedom. You can't call these young people insincere, or say they lack commitment.
Kupok
6 years, 1 month ago
BR? BR? HUEHUEHUEHUE
SSDoggy
6 years, 1 month ago
Personally, I don't have as much optimism about this country as you do... as Americans, we've built Utopia from the ground up, a position rightfully earned, but now we've stepped back and expect Utopia to uphold itself. While Americans are no less smarter than we were 50 years ago, we're distracted by toys, gadgets and shiny things that keep our eyes off of what truly matters. I don't see much hope in the future... the more we let the government govern us, the more likely we'll lose our precious democracy. Rome swore that they would protect their Republic at all costs, and look at what happened to them... I fear America's sailing the same boat.

I think, in all honesty, that the only way for our society to restore itself is to collapse and rebuild with a good heart and a clear mind. Do I want that to happen? Certainly not, but it seems to be the only way out.
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
I think that you're one smart Doggy!
Agree with ereything you've said. I don't think we had to blow up Iraq. I think we should have gone in and given them all a flat screen, free cable, and a PS3. Put a McDonald's on every corner, and we'd never hear from them again- except maybe to ask for new games.
SSDoggy
6 years, 1 month ago
Thanks *^^* (The username is from my fursona-confused phase, actually. I eventually became a bird :P)

To be fairly honest, I think it was the right choice to take the "war" (if you could even call it that) over to them... I believe it kept them too busy trying to defend themselves to attack us further. However, we should've done one giant sting operation, hitting the terrorist groups hard with 110% of our might, then pulled out (hurr hurr, sex pun) and sent people to help rebuild those nations while establishing good relations with them, and regarding their culture with utmost respect. The military operation should have lasted two, maybe three years at most. This has turned into a huge corporate shitfest.

You say you're anti-government... what exactly do you mean by that? I'm at a point in my life (I just turned 23) where my solid political veiwpoints are all in the air; I have a right wing family and left wing friends, so you can pretty much tell I'm as politically confused as a guy can get. I've never actually conversed with someone of that stance and would love to hear your viewpoint. :D
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
I was born to a republican family. I was a Young Republican. Even got to visit the Nixon White House, and meet Tricia and Julie. But, as a social liberal, Northeast Republican, in the model of John Lindsey, and Nelson Rockefeller, I knew that I didn't belong. So. I became a Democrat. Never looked back.
Why? Well, I'm basically a pretty Libertatian guy. I think people should be free to do what they want, unless it hurts someone. So, I can't see school prayer, banning abortions, or the 'War on Drugs'. Nor am I comfortable on a party aligned with fundamental Christianity. I have no problem with religion; I just ask, respectfully, that you keep yours to yourself.
Then there's that whole Imperialism thing. I'm not sure who left us in control of the whole darned planet, but I'm not sure that it's a good thing for us, or the planet. People need to be free to set their own course.
Of course, we've taken a wrong turn. The decision in 'Citizen's United' , which declared corporate money as free speech was a mistake. It harkens us back to the Gilded Age, robber barons, big steel, Standard oil, and the railroads. Bad news
Guess I've rambled long enough. If you have specific questions, or things you'd like to discuss, I'd love to talk.
Toshubi
6 years, 1 month ago
Nicely put Gray M.
Frankly I live by this motto: "I love my country, but I hate my government."
We Americans aren't perfect, but like you said, "We mean well."
graymuzzle
6 years, 1 month ago
We're on the same page, friend.
gatogris
6 years, 1 month ago
I'm from Argentina and I've got no money. I'm working on a software project, but it's taking too long and I've run out of money, although I had saved a lot. ¿May I ask you if you could lend me some money? It would be of great help. Thank you.
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