The significance of the 4th of July seems to be waning as the years go by which is truly sad considering this date is the day we are supposed to celebrate the birth of this great nation.  Yes I said it America is a great nation!  This is an idea that also seems to be waning thanks to our president who is selling us out to the rest of the world.  Since becoming president we have seen a steady decline in patriotism throughout the country across nearly all age groups.

According to Brietbart,

The poll, conducted from June 2-7, showed only 54% of respondents agreeing that they were “extremely proud” to be Americans, the lowest percentage in the 15 years Gallup has asked the question. In 2001, before the 9/11 attacks, the percentage rested at 55%, rising to 70% by 2003, but the percentage has vacillated between 58% and the current 54% ever since Barack Obama took office.

It’s quite sad that it takes a terrorist attack the likes of what we all witnessed on 9/11 to give people a sense of togetherness and pride in their country.  As the years have gone by we have become complacent and really begun taking things for granted.  The younger generation is growing up with an entitlement mentality which is a large factor contributing to the downfall of how people view their country.  You add Obama’s rhetoric into the mix as he continues to divide the country racially, by class, and by gender and it’s safe to say there is more divisiveness among Americans than at any time in recent history.

Brietbart goes on to explain,
In another non-surprise, the older Americans were, the more likely they were to feel extremely proud of their country; 64% of those over 65 felt that way; 58% of those aged 50-64; 52.5% of the 30-49 age group, and only 43% of youngsters ages 18-29.

These statistics just confirm what I was just explaining.  The younger generation is being brainwashed by our leaders and by our federally run school system with a blame America first mentality.  Our schools no longer teach that American exceptionalism.  Instead they teach about the supposed “atrocities” that America has committed throughout its history and NEVER talk about the good that has resulted in the birth of this country.  Never before in the history of the world had a country like America been conceived in which a man was considered to be endowed by his creator with inalienable rights.  Rights that are not provided by government, but rights that are universal rights the founders believed to be God given rights.

This Fourth of July when you are watching the fireworks think about what this country represents.  Think about the famous words of Ronald Reagan as he believed America to be that “shining city on a hill”. He had faith in the goodness of America and the goodness of its citizens.  This is the type of faith we need to restore in this country and it all starts with showing respect for what this country stands for and the ability to stand tall and say I am proud to be an American!

-Young Conservative 
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