Am Proud To Be An American Essay



Happy Fourth, friends!


As our nation celebrates it’s 238th year of independence, I just wanted to celebrate some of my favorite things about this country I call home. Part of this is also due to the fact that I’m being threatened into exile because of my support of the German soccer team in the FIFA World Cup {sorry, I’m not a home team kind of girl…remember that I’m a Vikings fan from Wisconsin). So putting sports aside, here are some of my favorite things about the good old U S of A.

1. We’re all different…

When you think of an American, does just person come to mind? We’re a melting pot with people with all different backgrounds, traditions, and stories, and that’s pretty cool. During my time as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen I got to travel all over the nation, and it was incredible to see all the different customs that vary from state to state and even city to city!

2. ..and yet we’re alike in a lot of ways.

Namely, our love for fast foods, football, and freedom. At least according to our neighbors across the pond. Also, how incredible is this picture? Thanks, Internet.


3. We’re entrepreneurial.

There’s nothing I love more than creativity and the drive to make it reality. From airplanes and automobiles to iPhones and deep-fried Twinkies, we Americans are always coming up with ways to make live bigger and better.

4. We’re kind of odd…

We kind of rule the Internet in terms of strange things. Case in point: this gif. (Get it? He’s not bald anymore…)

5. And kind of AWESOME.

Yes, this is Teddy Roosevelt fording a river on mooseback. What did you do today?

See more awesome things Americans have done here.

6. We’re still the land of the “American Dream”.

Since the beginning, we’ve always been a nation that the world has looked to as a place where anything is possible. I remember my mom telling me that growing up in Trinidad all she wanted to do was come to America where she could do anything and be anything. Although it’s a little rosy-eyed, I still have seen enough people build themselves from nothing to believe that our country’s got a thing for the underdogs.

7. We have freedoms that people in other countries only dream about…

Think about it. I have a blog where I can say whatever I want about who I am and what I believe. I can get a job regardless of whether or not I come from the highest social class or the color of my skin or gender. I can go to church where I want, marry who I want, be who I want to be without fear of being persecuted by the government. It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but celebrating those freedoms is a huge privilege.

8. …but we’re not without our flaws.

It’s heartbreaking to watch the news every day and hear about another act of violence or crime. It’s easy to complain about the economy and healthcare, and say that this nation will never get things figured out. But instead of looking at these difficulties as the end all be all, I believe there are still people that are willing to see the opportunity within them. We’re a nation that has come through a lot, and I believe that optimism will keep us going and enable us to address the problems we currently face.

9. We know how to make fun of ourselves during the good times…

This is when I make the sports jokes.

10. And support each other during the bad.

I’ll never forget being in second grade and watching the attacks on the Twin Towers in 2001. As devastated and terrified as I was at that young age, I took comfort in watching how people who were once divided by different ideas and beliefs lay them to the side and stand together in their suffering.

Regardless of what makes you proud to be an American, take some time today to love your country and to appreciate those who have given it all to make it possible for you to call this place home. A huge thank you to the brave men and women serving everywhere to protect our nation.

Have a happy and blessed Independence Day!





Like this:



Published by Jeanette Morelan

Singer/songwriter, author and blogger at The Blessed Life. View all posts by Jeanette Morelan

...during the early 2nd century AD, possibly as early as the year 105 A.D.,[1] by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BC in China.[2] The modern pulp and paper industry is global, with China leading production and the United States behind it.To make pulp from wood, a chemical pulping process separates lignin from cellulose fibers. This is accomplished by dissolving lignin in a cooking liquor, so that it may be washed from the cellulose fibers. This preserves the length of the cellulose fibers. Paper made from chemical pulps are also known as wood-free papers–not to be confused with tree-free paper. This is because they do not contain lignin, which deteriorates over time. The pulp can also be bleached to produce white paper, but this consumes 5% of the fibers. Chemical pulping processes are not used to make paper made from cotton, which is already 90% cellulose. The microscopic structure of paper: Micrograph of paper autofluorescing under ultraviolet illumination. The individual fibres in this sample are around 10 µm in diameter. There are three main chemical pulping processes. The sulfite process dates back to the 1840s, and it was the dominant process before the second world war. The kraft process, invented in the 1870s and first used in the 1890s, is now the most commonly practiced strategy. One advantage is a chemical...

0 Thoughts to “Am Proud To Be An American Essay

Leave a comment

L'indirizzo email non verrà pubblicato. I campi obbligatori sono contrassegnati *