What Makes America Beautiful

  1. This thread is devoted to Helen, myself, Marie, MimiWheeze, and countless others who are overwhelmed and exhausted by what we seem to feel is constant negativity and airing of America's dirty laundry at a time of war.

    Helen, in another thread, outlined what she finds positive about America; unfortunately it didn't continue as the thread went downhill from there. But I'd like to devote this thread to airing out all that is beautiful about America! On top of it being a good history lesson, I think it will also serve as therapy for some if not all of us.

    So what do I think makes America beautiful? Helen touched on it before and that is democracy. To me, demcracy really is a way of implementing freedoms. In America, we are free to grow and prosper and create, which is why we are the most advanced and powerful nation in the world. We are the most free, and that goes hand in hand.

    Our country also has made great strides in promoting equality for women and minorities. We eliminated slavery, eliminated child-labor to name a few. This is one of the many reasons I love the USA.

    Now, you're turn.
  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   baseline
    Democracy is just it Susy. It is what gives us the RIGHT to voice our opinions on this BB or anywhere else. It is the right to practice what ever religion...or not....that we choose. To vote ... or as so MANY people choose ( unfortunately in my opinion) NOT vote....

    Democracy is a PRIVILEDGE I enjoy and am grateful for every day of my life.
  4. by   RNonsense
    This is a great thread! I'm Canadian...but I love the USA!! For all reasons listed!
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  7. by   DebsZoo
    Last edit by DebsZoo on Apr 20, '03
  8. by   anitame
    Yep, freedom about sums it up for me. The freedom to be able to raise our children as we believe. The freedom to be able to work in whatever field we want. The freedom to believe in and act on anything we want. It goes on and on. We are so privileged here; sometimes it's easy to forget until you think about the people in the middle east or in third world countries.
  9. by   nursenoelle
    Wow, there are so many things...

    1) A woman that nobody has heard of stands up for herself and refuses to give up her seat on a bus, initiating a great movement. Everyday people have the power to change things.

    2) I am able to practice whatever religion I choose, a freedom that some of my ancestors were not afforded.

    3) I live in a country that, in this very era, leaders refuse to sit idly by and allow inhumane practices continue. Leaders that demand our safety.
  10. by   natsfanrn
    I'll let the 2nd through 4th stanzas of America, The Beautiful speak for me...

    Oh beautiful for pilgrim feet
    Whose stern impassioned stress.
    A thoroughfare of freedom beat
    Across the wilderness.
    America! America!
    God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Thy liberty in law.

    Oh beautiful for heroes proved
    in liberating strife
    Who more than self their country loved,
    and mercy more than life
    America! America! May God thy gold refine
    Till all success be nobleness, And ev'ry gain divine

    Oh beautiful for patriot dream
    That sees beyond the years.
    Thine alabaster cities gleam
    Undimmed by human tears.
    America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    May I say:
    Thank God for what we have.
    Act to keep improving our great country.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Kardut . . . thanks for that . . .we sang that last night at our church's hymn singing night. The teenagers kept asking for patriotic songs.

    It was just so nice to get away from the TV and war coverage and sing beautiful songs.

    I'm grateful for the whole concept of our constitution and the freedoms it guarantees us.

    With those freedoms comes responsibility. I have taken my children with me when I vote since they were babies and made sure they realized how important voting is.

    Both my sons registered Republican! Now I'm working on the 13 year old and 20 month old. :-)

    Thanks to Suzy and all the other posters who make me feel like I'm not alone.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    I especially like this verse:

    "Oh beautiful for Heroes proved
    In liberating strife
    Who more than self
    their country loved,
    and mercy more than life"

    Praying for our troops . . .
  14. by   wv_nurse 2003
    So much to love about this country that so many call home. I love that all are free to live and believe as they choose, without fear of oppression or worse.

    I love that as long as I can remember (not just since 9/11), every single time I hear the Star Spangled Banner I literally get chills, and a lump in my throat. This truely is a wonderful country.