Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I've Got a Question - You've Got an Answer

I'm looking for some inspiration today ... I want to write an essay to enter into the contest that they are having at work which ends on July 28th but even though I've been thinking about it for quite some time now, I'm not sure in which direction to go. It's a patriotic essay in honor of our recent 4th of July holiday and even though I can get up on my soap box and talk history and patriotism with no problem whatsoever, I don't think that's the angle I want to go with this.

So ... the thought occurred to me that perhaps I could get some inspiration and ideas from my blog readers were I to take an informal survey of sorts. Which leads us to today's question -

What does America mean to you?

Even if you don't live in this country I'm interested in knowing what you think of America and what it means to you - especially considering that our reputation in the world doesn't appear to be what it once was. All comments and opinions are appreciated no matter what your thoughts might be as, in my humble opinion, diversity and difference of opinion is a wonderful thing.

So whaddya say? Help a sister out and when I win the contest (fingers crossed!), I'll be sure to give you all credit!


  1. To me America is a country on the other side of the world. According to our news it is a violent place, not really safe for ordinary folk to go about their business. However, since I started blogging I have discovered that Americal is full of ordinary, nice, friendly, helpful, caring people just like the ones who live here in England. Just goes to show you can't believe everything that's in the news. :)

  2. I feel like, no matter how badly America is portrayed internationally, it is still the place everyone wants to come. And if they visit, they fall in love with it. Why else would we have the highest number of immigrants?

    Good luck with your essay!

  3. Umm. I don't mean to offend so I hope you will not take offence. But you did ask what our thoughts on America. My honest opinion is that America has lost its moral compass based on the ideal of democracy and the rights of the citizens and capitulated to unbridled capitalism and consumerism and now upholds the greed of corporations. The new ideology that is spreading across the global village.

  4. I plead the fifth.

    Because I can :D

    wit! eh, eh?

  5. I live in California so I can't really answer this in a positive way. Land of the whacked out liberals. Just saying. Have a great day Linda. Big hug. :)

  6. Anonymous2:52 PM EDT

    What does America mean to me? It is a republic that was founded on freedom and rights -- individual freedoms and rights.

  7. I mentioned my patriotism a few times on my blog before. Even though I may sound too idealistic, America is still my dream land and something I always wanted to experience. Even with all the turmoil of last few years, I belive the good times will rise again like a phoenix from the ashes.
    How about a little research on immigrants? That may be an interesting spin....

  8. As I'm British, I might not be the best to answer. It's a great place that the media here seem to despise. They criticise only what the Americans do better than us.

  9. On Sunday I was reminded exactly what America means to me. On the evening before he was scheduled to leave for home, a foreign exchange student sadly told me how much he loved America and how much he wanted to stay and live in this great country. No matter our imperfections as a nation, it is still the place many people want to call "home".

  10. Oh dear. Now I can't just lurk, I'm obligated to come up with America it's true what they say.......everything is BIGGER ......except......Rutabagas = the honest to goodness truth.

    How you'd make a whole essay out of it is another matter entirely.


  11. What does America mean to me? I'm sleepy and wanting to go to bed so if I start I'll be up all night. However, if you should want to use any part of my post for the Manic Monday word of "Pride" when I described my Marine go right ahead. In a nutshell, we are the home of the free and the brave because of brave young men and women, like Matt, who have chosen to serve our great country.

    See, I told you I was tired.. I'm rambling... *HUGE YAWN* Nighters~

  12. What Dixie said...there are so many aspects of your question I don't think there is one perfect answer; just bits of many things. First of all, I am an American, proud of capitalism and individuality. I am not a globalist - I'm an American. If that's snarky, I'm sorry but I'm tired of being told we're the bad guys in the world when we donate more funds to other countries in need than the global community put together! Just today, Bush signed a $43 Billion dollar aid package for Aids in Africa, most of which will go to warlords and never reach the people that need it. And what would be wrong with socking that money into research for cancer here at home? We've already planned on sending $15B to African for Aids, why not spend it here??? Just asking... And if we could come up with a solution for cancer, just think what that would mean to the whole world? And that is how capitalism works, thank you very much.

  13. Anonymous2:38 AM EDT

    Before my graveyard shift starts, America is the freedom to pay high gas and heating oil prices while politicians freely raise our taxes... ;~))

  14. America means freedom of expression and the rights of all individuals.

    I am sick of the blame America first crowd. If this nation is so bad why do so many immigrants come here for a better life?

  15. To me, American means...

    ...that we can reach for the ideal, fall short, and it's ok because we'll just figure out another way to get it done.

    ...that we know we're not perfect, but we'll keep trying anyway.

    ...that when disaster strikes, we get out and help each other.

    ...that we'll happily pay $4 for a coffee, but bitch about paying $4 for a gallon of gas.

    ...that you can knock us down and we'll just get back up.

    Those are just a few things that come to mind. Good luck with your essay.

  16. Anonymous2:23 PM EDT

    To me, after my recent visit, Americans are all better looking, yet fatter than us, want you to have a nice day, and invariably drive terribly. However everyone seems to be on everyone's side. Everyone is ready to help you. And that makes it feel ilke home even to the flip-flop wearing tourist.

  17. Anonymous8:58 PM EDT

    High gas prices, low wages.
    High medical insurance, skyrocketing medical prices...*sigh* It's not been a good week for me. :(


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