“But, you will say, what a dreadful person you are, with your impossible religious notions and idiotic scruples. If my ideas are impossible or idiotic then I would like nothing better than to be rid of them. But this is roughly the way I actually see things. In Le philosophe sous les toits by Souvestre you can read what a man of the people, a simple craftsman, pitiful if you will, thinks of his country: ‘Tu n’as peut-être jamais pensé á ce que c’est la patrie, reprit-il, en me posant une main sur l’épaule; c’est tout ce qui t’entoure, tout ce qui t’a élevé et nourri, tout ce que tu as aimé. Cette campagne que tu vois, ces maisons, ces arbres, ces jeunes filles qui passent lá en riant, c’est la patrie! Les lois qui te protégent, le pain qui paye ton travail, les paroles que tu échanges, la joie et la tristesse qui te viennent des hommes et des choses parmi lesquels tu vis, c’est la patrie! La petite chambre oú tu as autrefois vu ta mere, les souvenirs qu’elle t’a laisses, la terre oú elle repose, c’est la patrie! Tu la vois, tu la respires partout! Figure toi, tes droits et tes devoirs, tes affections et tes besoins, tes souvenirs et ta reconnaissance, réunis tout ça sous un seul nom et ce nom sera la patrie.”
― Vincent van Gogh
If you asked me if I love my country, I would be very surprised. Seriously. The point is that asking me that is like asking me whether I love my mother, my father or my grandparents. There is no doubt that I love my country and, what is more, I am very proud of it and its people. One reason why I love the United States of America is that America is always ready to provide people with endless opportunities to successfully realize their full potential no matter where they come from and what kind of background they have. Just look at the brightest examples of marvelous American citizens! Bill Gates, Al Harris, Owens, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson and many many other individuals! These famous Americans have successfully proved that diversity is with no doubt one of the many splendid traits of the United States of America.
I can name one more reason why I love the country, where I was born. The United States military is an excellent source of pride for me and my friends. All the courageous women and men who make certain to serve the USA Army Forces solidly protect this beautiful land both – abroad and at home. Each of them is ready to sacrifice their time they could spend with the family. Remember the lyrics from the national anthem of the United States of America “God Bless the USA”? It says the following: “I cannot forget the men who died who gave this right to me”. In other words, the representatives of the USA Military show the best of our land!
To my mind, every individual who now serves (or who has ever served in the USA Army) is a true hero! The point is that I do have the right to say things like that for the reason that the Constitution of the United States of America enables every American to avail of his rights and many other opportunities. Why am I saying that? Just take a look at such countries like Turkmenistan, North Korea or Libya! Constitutional rights are something that people in these countries simply cannot take benefits from – they simply do not have them. At all!
I am more than just proud of all the important things the United States of America have learned from the years that have passed. Once famous man named Benjamin Franklin said: “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment”. Keeping that in my mind, I must say that I love my precious Motherland because it has learnt a lot from some of the most nightmarish times in our history. The incredible progress we have made by learning is the number one reason why the United States of America are now the place where a person like Barack Obama can do what a great number of people were absolutely sure was impossible, by becoming the President of the land!
I also adore my Motherland because it provides a bunch of innovative technologies, and as the time is passing by, people make sure to invent new advanced technologies. And I am more than sure that a wide variety of new technologies will come soon! This and many other accomplishments make me extremely proud of the country I live in. I also favor some other countries, but my heart belongs to the United States of America!
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