Sunday, July 4, 2010

I'm Proud To Be An American









First of all, I would like to say, Happy Birthday America. I am so glad I am a citizen of this great country. This year we have seen a handful of wars, near financial collapse, an epic oil spill — need we go on? It hasn't been the best of times but certainly not the worst of times and I LOVE to see how we Americans rally together in times of need. It is inspiring and lets be honest there isn't much inspiring in the world these days. So...if you're still with me and you're still reading, below is a list from The Post of 10 reasons we love Independence Day. It made me laugh and it is the perfect list so in turn I just had to share it with you. I wish I had thought of it myself :-) Directly below that you will find my humble list...its a lot less quirky. Happy 4th everyone!

-Amanda

Top 10 Reasons We Love Independence Day (From The Post)

1. The First Amendment. We're protected by the Constitution to rant, rave, express our anger and disappointment, poke fun, mock or ridicule anyone we want to.

2. We invented the chocolate chip cookie, Coca-Cola, the Post-It, blue jeans, the i-Pod, Starbucks, RayBans, Converse All-Stars

3. We didn't invent the Vuvuzela.

4. Americans know how to rally, and this year has been no exception. From the earthquake in Haiti to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we've come together to do our best to help those in need.

5. Our renewed sense of appreciation for the Russian spy.

6. A century ago, we had Mark Twain and pioneering editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast. Today, we have Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. poking fun while shedding light on and turning a critical eye toward fundamentally important issues will continue to contribute to America's greatness

7. Which brings us to, Elena Kagan. In the face of thinly-veiled anti-Semitism, or intolerance at best, the Supreme Court nominee keeps her wits and sense of humor about her.

8. July fourth marks the day that Lou Gehrig gave his famous farewell speech, "The luckiest man on the face of the Earth" at Yankee stadium, and what's more American than baseball?

9. Our fondness for, and out and out celebration of anything lowbrow. From Sh*t My Dad Says to Awkward Family Photos to face painting to Snuggies to reality TV to anyone's sex scandal, we are there to bask in the glory of the lowest common denominator.

10. At our core, we are an optimistic, innovative and inventive country. The problems we face can be embraced as the gift of opportunity to remind ourselves what we're capable of if we choose to rise to the occasions.


Reasons I Love This County: (In no particular order)

1. The Olympics

2. The Great Gatsby

3. The Mississippi River

4. Madonna

5. Martin Luther King's Dream

6. Graceland

7. Starbucks

8. Oprah

9. Ernest Hemingway

10. The Blues

11. Sesame Street

12. CNN

13. Johnny Cash

14. American Football

15. Eminem :-)

16. Thanksgiving

17. The Clinton Family

18. Supermarket Tabloids

19. Santa Claus and Rudolph too

20. Harriet Tubman

21. The Declaration of Independence

22. George Washington

23. John Wayne

24. Apple Pie

and last but not least...

25. Reality TV

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