But this year, I noticed a trend that made me a little sad - and ashamed - for us as a nation. My twitter feed and Facebook news were trending all day with posts about "'Murica" or "'Merika." I didn't even get it at first. I had to google the word to figure out that it's a shortened representation of America - and that it seems to revolve around all the "typical" American things that exude disrespect, apathy and laziness.
And that really, really bothered me.
Maybe I've read into it incorrectly. Perhaps this lazy spirit I sense is not actually present. In no way do I wish to turn this article into a political debate. I simply believe that regardless of where your political affiliation lies, or what your feelings are about the state of our nation right now - there should be instilled in every American a sense of gratitude and respect for our country.
In the last 237 years, countless men and women have given their lives for our freedom. So many more have given their time and energy - the best years of their lives - in service, sacrificing holidays and birthdays with their families to keep our freedom secure. The beauty of living in a free country is that yes - you are mostly entitled to make your own choices about how you live your life. If you choose to embody the attitude of the "Murica" movement, that's completely your decision - and not one that I am going to argue.
I just wonder what our founding fathers would think if they were able to see a google image result list on the term "'Murica meme" (look that up at your own risk, there's some weird/graphic/inappropriate stuff). And I feel ashamed of our nation when I think that the members of our government and armed forces can and probably do see the callous way that we are attacking our own heritage.
Maybe this strikes you as outlandish, and if so - my apologies. I don't know much about this "Murica" movement - and honestly don't want to know. If it's something that you embrace, please tell me - why? Is it just because it's funny? I'm failing to see the humor.
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I want my kids to grow up with a respectful spirit for our beautiful country. It kind of looks like it's something I need to teach them - rather than something they will observe in the world on their own. Has patriotism reached its end?
I'm still proud to be an American. Are you?