Country artist Lee Greenwood once wrote in his song “God Bless the USA” that he was “Proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free.” As a teenager watching the attacks on this country on Sept 11 2001 and a Marine who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom those lines struck a chord with me. Now as I age and pay more attention to the atmosphere in this country I have begun to question those lines. Sure we have more freedom than much of this world, but to what end? What are we free to do as Americans that we deserve to be proud of? At least we know we are free, right? We are slaves to a dying economy, ran by a militaristic industrialist mentality, educated by public education system meant to indoctrinate us into consumerism, and informed by a news media conglomerate in shackles to its ratings. This nation has began to disgust me and earn my distrust. Not just the government and its corrupt politicians but my fellow citizens. Which brings me to a true of example of American behavior. In 2010, a young US Army Staff Sergeant was the first living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam for repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire to save his fellow Americans in Afghanistan in 2007. Now you would think this would have been running on the news constantly. Regardless of how you feel about a war and its politics, one would have to agree that this important information to our nation. Yet while Staff Sergeant Giunta’s ceremony in which he received his Medal of Honor ran once in a ten minute block and the rest of the day was filled with Anna Nicole Smith’s death and the details of her life and the investigation. now what this told me is that America cares more for some soft core porn star than one of its true heroes. This is just one example of the disgusting traits I see everyday in my fellow Americans. So why the hell should I be proud of that? We should I be proud that my fellow citizens choose to waste their freedom on watching Jersey Shore and forgetting its’ heroes. Now I know what a lot of you are thinking. The Staff Sergeant was an American, he was a Hero, and he is someone to be proud of. You would be right. The SSG is someone to be proud of, but there is so much in this nation to not be proud of. We wonder why there are so many people, cultures, and entire nations that can not stand Americans. Notice I said Americans and not America. Why should anyone like us? What in our combined behavior is there to like? We walk around with our chests puffed out like we are the biggest, baddest, and best people there are on this earth. The only thing most Americans have accomplished is being lucky enough to be born in a nation where ignorance and mediocrity are rewarded and expected. Lucky to be born in a world where the poor live better than the rich in some nations. We claim to be the greatest nation in the world when really we are just the nation with the largest gun. How can you be proud to be lucky? I wish I could be like some of these blind patriots who love America and its people no matter what is going on in the world but I just can’t blindly spout out bullshit pride in a people whose greatest talent is eating french fries and watching reality stars lives implode. I just hope that the citizens of this nation turn around and prove me wrong. I will never regret my military service, and would serve again and I know there are heroes out there willing to die for freedom. I just hope that the “freedom” does not continue to be wasted.