Patriotism becomes a distant mirror
The pride Americans feel for their country is slipping away.
(The American Sheeple) - There was a time not too long ago when Americans were so patriotic, it was palpable. You couldn’t throw a rock in any direction without hitting someone with stars and stripes in their eyes. There was a near unanimous belief that we were the shining city upon a hill, and that we were and always would be the greatest nation on Earth. While it was mostly found among conservatives, it did cross party lines to some extant. It was so pervasive that anyone who didn’t believe it was pegged an extremist, or just plain weird.
But now? Not so much. The sentiment is still there I suppose, but you can almost feel it evaporating a little bit every day. The pride Americans feel for their country is slipping away, and is now an undeniable fact. ZeroHedge recently posted a poll from the World Values Survey, which reveals the precipitous decline of our national pride. In terms of patriotism, we’ve fallen beneath the likes of Mexico, Rwanda, and Armenia.
Only 56% of Americans said they were “very proud” of their nation, according to World Values Survey data, down from over 62% in 2009 (71.1% in 2004, and 77% in 1999). Behind nations such as Libya, Nigeria, Egypt, and Poland, ‘exceptional’ America now ranks only 30th in the world for national pride…
Depending on who you ask, this is either a good thing or a bad thing. I could definitely see this in a negative light. For the percentage of American’s who are “very proud” of their country to drop from 77% to 56% in less than 2 decades, means something awful must have happened during those years.
We’ve seen our nation become mired in numerous conflicts around the world, and we can’t help but notice that our government lied to get us there. We’ve also watched helplessly as our jobs were shipped overseas and our standard of living was decimated. We’ve witnessed the rise of a financial elite who cannot be punished. And finally, the American public is starting to wake up to the fact that they live in the kind police state that previous generations warned them about.
In that respect, our declining national pride is not a good thing. It’s symptomatic of how far we’ve fallen.
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|Modern patriotism is like a 1940s Norman Rockwell painting - a distant memory of a long ago world that no longer exists.|