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How important is the American flag to Americans?
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i recently got an American to hang in my room after watching the Womens World Cup and i was wondering, how important is the American flag? as a teenager i never had an interest in it. but with the recent legalization of gay marriage i just have a feeling to fly the flag. what does anyone else think?
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13 / F / California
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Are you not American?

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Never understood patriotism.
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24 / M / St.Louis - USA
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Very important

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23 / M / AZ
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The American trinity
The Flag, Guns, and the Bible
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28 / M / Oklahoma
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The flag is worthless, what it represents is what's important.
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26 / M / Connecticut
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Just a piece of cloth, which is supposed to make me feel like I'm apart of some made up geographic boundary created by a bunch of people too long ago. We're all human, and that's the only nationality/ethnicity/race that's important.
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VZ68 wrote:

Are you not American?



No, hes Texan.

Seriously, a PSA aired just after 9/11 summed it up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-BNO1jNnFY
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13 / F / California
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Always remember when you see things like this, it was put out by people who thought this:



Was a good idea.
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13 / F / California
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Ejanss wrote:


VZ68 wrote:

Are you not American?



No, hes Texan.


Ain't that the truth.



I always liked how some Texans would talk to each other, one in Spanish, one in English, they always understood each other, they just answered in whatever they felt like.
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51 / M / Inside the Anime...
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CKD-Anime wrote:

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Yep, some feel nothing. I however feel something. Especially having traveled as military and civilian. It feels good to see Glory when you come home. I know my wife feels good when the Rising Sun is flown. It's OK to be patriotic, it just means you love your fellow country men and women. Don't let political debate or indifference spoil your fun. Listen, Glory represents good times and fun also. Keep in mind, we did the following as a country....

Stormed Dachau, Treblinka etc.
The model T
Implemented Representative government
Freed the slaves
Invented TV, internet, lasers, computers, etc.
Legalized Marijuana
Invented Rock and Roll
Legalized gay marriage
Some of the greatest movies of all time
Made Disney Land
Landed on the moon
Chilli dogs
Hula Hoops
Cheerios

Don't be so down on yourself and your ancestors, stand tall, it's ok. Just do and be the best you can, and you'll be living the true American philosophy.
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13 / F / California
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Steelmonk wrote:


CKD-Anime wrote:

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Yep, some feel nothing. I however feel something. Especially having traveled as military and civilian. It feels good to see Glory when you come home. I know my wife feels good when the Rising Sun is flown. It's OK to be patriotic, it just means you love your fellow country men and women. Don't let political debate or indifference spoil your fun. Listen, Glory represents good times and fun also. Keep in mind, we did the following as a country....

Stormed Dachau, Treblinka etc.
The model T
Implemented Representative government
Freed the slaves
Invented TV, internet, lasers, computers, etc.
Legalized Marijuana
Invented Rock and Roll
Legalized gay marriage
Some of the greatest movies of all time
Made Disney Land
Landed on the moon
Chilli dogs
Hula Hoops
Cheerios

Don't be so down on yourself and your ancestors, stand tall, it's ok. Just do and be the best you can, and you'll be living the true American philosophy.


Not only did we land on the moon, we played GOLF on the moon, and drove cars on the moon.
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19 / M / Cali
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Try living in Iraq, or Sudan. Try living in Cambodia, or Tibet. I'm proud of my Asian roots, but I'm also glad to be an American. Yes, we may have some pretty moronic people here, but at least they're allowed to be. I can wear earrings, be a Christian, and watch morbid/controversial and ecchi anime. It's also home of cultural differences, as well with Canada and Australia. Don't take anything for granted, that's the most cliche line, but it exists for a reason.

So the flag? All I need is a home in America. Don't care about the flag, unless some person from ANOTHER country is burning it.
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22 / M / U.S.A.
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Really depends on the person. Americans tend to be pretty diverse, so trying to say "Americans feel this way about X" is usually going to end up being wrong for a large portion of the country. You have people who would try to defend the flag with their life and you have others who couldn't care less about it. Personally, I fall into the latter group. I find it much more important to worry about what our country is doing than just caring about the flag itself. As far as I'm concerned, it's just a piece of cloth and it could be changed at any minute.

I'm not particularly "proud to be an American," but I don't care if others feel that way. Personally, I think it's really pointless. I didn't become an American and I didn't have to work hard to become an American. I was just lucky enough to be born into a country that is more free than other countries. I do care about the country though. I think compared to many other countries, it's a great country and I'm glad I was born in it. It definitely has problems that do need to be fixed, but people also shouldn't take for granted the fact that they were born into a 1st world country. Again, do remember that the country has problems and do work towards fixing those problems. But always remember that you could have just as easily been born into a much more oppressive country.

Patriotism is all well and good. Just don't let it blind you to the problems your country may have.
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