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      What Do You Love About Your Country?

      I love the USA.

      I'm fairly patriotic. I realize this kind of went out of style in the 1960's (to be revived a bit after 9/11) but I'm a fairly patriotic guy.

      I KNOW the USA has it's problems (some very severe and tragic), I know we have some big black marks in our history, I' not ignorant - but I think all-in-in this is a great country and I love being here.

      I've been to several other countries - and they are nice, too. Canada is clean, Danes are happy and just have fun, I can see great stuff in other nations, too. My American patriotism is not negative any other country (it's not USA Uber Alles, lol). My patriotism IN NO WAY makes me think less of other countries. Just as I love my wife. But that doesen't mean you should hate yours (if you also love your wife, I think that's GREAT). I don't have to knock other countries to TRY to make mine look better by comparison.

      One of the things I LOVE about California is all the ethnic foods. We have neighborhoods where there might be 20 ethnic restaurants all within easy walking distance of each other.... Polish, Italian, Korean, Peruvian, Catalonian, French, 2 or 3 styles of Mexican, Cuban, Japanese (and a Texas steak house just through in for fun). Sometimes right next door to each other. I love this. Now, there is a huge "fusion" movement, to mix and blend to create new styles - and that's okay but I prefer the old-school "Just like grandma use to make back home." I can enjoy a great Irish stew with a mug of Harps Beer while by no means thinking less of the Vietnamese restaurant next door.

      IMO, some of the stuff we come to love about "HOME" is simply because it makes us feel..... HOME. Like the comfort food Mom makes for us on our birthday. Part of our being because it has been part of our life. It reflects a bit of us because it helped form us.


      BTW, my experience is that the Danes are THE most patriotic people in the world..... talk MUCH of their love for Denmark and their Queen, flags EVERYWHERE.... all while not saying bad about any other country.



      What do you LIKE about your country where you live....


      NO NEGATIVES HERE about any other country.... no calls for impeachments..... no rebuttals to what others say..... but if you'd LIKE to say something POSITIVE about another country, that's fine....





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      I have never been to another state and have never been on an airplane but I have been to another country lol

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      That it's flat and easy to bike, safe, cheap. It's the best, well, second best of course.

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      Good weather, interesting landscapes, decent people, English speaking, clean, good economy, nice quiet neighbourhoods
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Imalive View Post
      That it's flat and easy to bike, safe, cheap. It's the best, well, second best of course.
      Which is the best?
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      It's home. That's what I love about my country. I have my roots and a heritage here that goes back for three to four hundred years. I love the gently changing seasons, the brilliant colors of autumn and the velvet green of the land when it's summer. I love the mountains, the beaches and the cities of my homeland. I love that the British Empire had its start here in 1607. I love being a Virginian. I love tracing my roots here and I love the sense of belonging that that tracing entails.
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      I love the USA....


      1. I love the diversity... in culture, in geology, in lots of things. I feel this probably most of all in California but it's a part of all the USA. People have come here from all over the world - and brought their customs, culture, religion and more with them - enriching the "pot." It makes for a rich, broad milieu. And where I live - in an hours drive, I can be in the forest high in the mountains, at the beach surfing, in the desert, in the midst of one of the largest cities in the world and lost in the emptiness - all with an hours drive.

      2. I life that this has been the land of opportunity, freedom, the "American dream." Many that came here (including my ancestors) came here with next to nothing, came here because there were virtually no opportunities for them in Europe, came here with a dream that here - with hard work - they could not just survive but thrive, and they did. I remember our next door neighbors when I was growing up, who came here from Mexico a generation ago with literally nothing, worked mowing yards, eventually had his own landscape maintance company and then landscaping company - a generation later, all the kids were college grads living a very middle class lifestyle. There's a LOT of that - even now. I knew SO many when I was in college (especially as a grad student) from Asia, from South America from so many countries - getting a low cost, high quality education here in opportunities they all stressed they could never get back home. Many of them will go home to improve things there. I like that a student who blew high school can still go to college (Community College probably), get up to speed, and with work, enter the University of California system - among the best in the world, even though he may ever even have graduated from high school and until maybe their 20's, was very aimless. A land of opportunity. Of second chances.

      3. I like that it has often been a generous country. The Marshall plan, etc. Much of the budget of the UN for various things around the world comes from the USA. So much aid to countries for health causes, etc. comes from this country.


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      I happen to like the crab cakes. My little corner of Northern Virginia's not that far away from the Chesapeake Bay, so we have some decent seafood. I mentioned that I love driving out to the mountains and I like the history those hills contain. I like the scenery you get out of driving Skyline Drive and the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. There are plenty of people from all over the world around here now, so there's an endless array of international cuisine and folk festivals that happen annually. I like attending the Oktoberfest in Lovettsville, VA and the Scottish Games up in The Plains, VA. Monticello in Charlottesville is a good place to visit, as is Mount Vernon, a little closer to home.

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