According to a recent Gallup report, just 38% of our nation’s people are “extremely proud” to be American, the lowest number since the report began in 2001.
The rest of the data from the report, however, reveals that the state of patriotism may not be as dire as it seems. “Still,” the report continues, “together with the 27% who are ‘very proud,’ 65% of U.S. adults express pride in the nation. Another 22% say they are ‘moderately proud,’ while 9% are ‘only a little’ and 4% ‘not at all’ proud."
While we would hope all Americans would recognize the individual uniqueness of our great nation – flaws and all – the report that 65% of all U.S. adults still express pride in our country counters the media narrative that everything about America is “wrong.”
Happy birthday, America…We still love you!
Ray Charles explains it well: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1o9u68
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.