"Am I proud to be an American during this 2016 election?"
Yes and No. I have reasons for both.
I am not proud of Americans. Because if evolution has any validity, it would show proven as a science of declining, de-evolving, full circle of the rise and fall of mankind, as we evolve to be dense fools!
God created perfect balance. The fall put in the law of entropy decaying the heart and soul of mankind.
God made man to stand upright in His image, but man's constant descent is proving to be a never-ending fall.
I can't believe how unreasonable people have become. So, Im not proud of that.
The greatness of America was people side by side, not overtaking each other. We corrected from within. Win win negotiations with fairness in the middle.
As a people we respected each others freedooms and rights more than everywhere else in the world.
America began with everyone working together and building communities.
We were great because each individual's rights and boundaries were considered. The American idea or world view managed that individually according to the golden rule.
When we had to, we fought for rights and corrected wrongs. We fought, won fairly, and we actually fought FOR fairness.
But today, American rights are shoot, grab, and run! The WORLD VIEW changed!
This is not America.
So, I am not proud today to be an American.
But I am proud of individuals who are still American. So in that way I am proud to be an American.
Here is an interesting thing I noticed.
Christianity that built us is attacked in our society. An assault these days on faith, disloyalty for I think the first time ever toward Israel also.
From attacking the Bible, even discussions on changing its content. Sounds like we are entering the dark ages all over again. Lies in fields of academia about the Bible, even its reliability in its historic content.
Equally so America is persecuted by her own children and people of other nations demand our heritage yet burn our flag in our own streets! And our children, America, joins them.
At what point in American history, exactly, do you think we actually respected each others' freedoms and rights more than everywhere else in the world? When we practiced slavery, when women were disenfranchised, when we interned Japanese citizens without due process, when we criminalized sexual orientation as a private expression which harmed no one, etc? When was America this utopia of equality you believe existed?
Christianity certainly has influenced American history, but the democratic ideals the nation was built upon came from enlightenment era philosophy. Or did you never learn / forget that European monarchies at the time were also heavily Christian? The religion was the same across the nations in question, but the philosophy was fundamentally different and that is what made the critical difference (not religion). Also, get over yourself; religion is not "under attack" in America. People not sharing your faith and not accepting its imposition on their personal lives is not an attack on your faith; it's a repudiation of a religious attack on themselves.
The Bible self defines itself. And confirms itself by confirming facts by 2 or 3 witnesses.
So, an interpretation should be interpreted by itself. And the Bible is the truth of the reality so to speak.
So, the Bible is self defining. And all the events around us are interpreted by it! By it, the Word of God.
So you need to be more like Gideons 300 when drinking the water. Be alert with the Word in your hand and be ready to interpret all things by it!
He literally made the worlds by it. He litterally appointed our times by it. Our names are even in it somewhere. Because without it, NOTHING came into being.
He spoke His Word and then it was finished!
We have a copy of that Word in our hands, and the Spirit of truth drops the scales from our eyes, and we see men like trees walking about!
Even if a word or two was messed with in our manuscript. The Spirit leads us, these things are unclear to those who cant hear or see!
But the Spirit seals the elect from the flood of darkness and deception that has been poured out on this generation. This is TODAY'S "Spirit of the Age!"
Will He find faith on the earth? Jesus made this statement referencing particularly this final generation. Dense, like an unreasoning mind has been given to them.
We have to bind the strongman, which is the Spirit of this Age. The time is short!
Our warfare over darkened minds is with the Spirit of the Age ... deluded their minds.
Truth has been lieing dead in the streets.
God is breathing life into it and now its standing as a witness against them, and will begin to lead many to righteousness.
Then the witnesses will lie dead for 1260 days....
We have to lift up truth in the streets right now against the flood of deceptions. We need to expose the lies. Which God is doing by opening the Book like a scroll, and revealing mysteries from the beginning!
Every jot and tittle is everything ever ibserved from the beginning to the end.
And eternal life is beyond this heaven and earth.
This one will be done away with, as His Kingdom comes, and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!!!!
Of what times are you referencing when you say that we respected each other's rights more than everywhere else in the world?
It was only last year ago that same-sex marriage couples were allowed to marry in all states, so we're making progress.
Of course, there's still hate crimes- some people are still very judgemental towards religious people, and others towards minorities.
While America isn't perfect, we've made a lot of progress recently in terms of equality.
"When we had to, we fought for rights and corrected wrongs. We fought, won fairly, and we actually fought FOR fairness."
Again, I ask what time period you are referencing.
You say ......We were great because each individual's rights and boundaries were considered. The American idea or world view managed that individually according to the golden rule.....
That's absolute nonsense during the lifetime of many people still around blacks were considered of no more value than a beast of burden .
You then go on to bring Evolution into the debate and make another ridiculous statement by claiming we are ' de -evolving ( your word not mine ) Evolution is fact get over it and it has nothing to do with this debate .
America like all countries has gone through trials and there's more to come , when you get a country that recently put forward two of the most despicable individuals in the presidential race you wonder what's going on .
Ouside America almost no one believed Trump had a ghost of a chance but yet here he is acting as the glove puppet for Mike Pence a man who looks like a rabbit staring into a spotlight anytime he is asked a question that's a bit ' tricky ' , America should get ready to go back to 1950 with this religious nut calling the shots , he is totally against abortion , LGBT rights , public school funding , sceptical of climate change , opposed to any restrictions on assault rifles ,
Finance records from a 1990 run for congress show Pence who was 31 at the time used political donations to pay the mortgage on his home , his credit card bill , groceries ,golf tournament fees and his wife's car payment and of course he is deeply religious making him typical of a fair proportion of hypocritical believers .
People mention the threat posed by Muslims worldwide and the global threat from terrorist attracks not realising a bigger threat is waiting in the form of a world super power that has a sizeable proportion of incredibly scary hard line religious nuts who are attempting to flush a once great country down the drain .
I have faith in our founding fathers and the system they created. The system was designed to protect against one man acquiring enough power to destroy the country.
Think of it this way. Let's say you have a family reunion. Some times people are just not themselves. They say and do things they may not necessarily mean. Some family members take his side and other family members take the other side. Everyone has an opinion. But no one moves into the house next door. Their action only reflects on them, not you. You'll probably invite them again next year. If for no other reason than the entertainment value ;)
You mean the Bill of Rights which we've consistently ignored, violated, and abused throughout our history to oppress and suppress the liberties? I'm not saying there aren't worse countries, but I'm critical of the idea that the BoR is something to be especially proud of...
It's not just young liberal antics the world sees. Given the massive stock movements that followed Trump's victory, we can safely infer they saw the conservative antics as well. (And if you don't think Trump's populist pandering counts as antics I just can't reason with you.) :P
+I am proud of America as a nation. That does not mean I am proud of everything we do, or everyone in it. I was much more proud before Reagan, I actually liked the man, but, he did irreparable damage to this country and it may never fully recover ... not for a long time anyway. Many of those who rant about "wanting their country back" were too young to know what the country used to be. America always had its problems but we were working on them, and making a LOT of headway .... until the middle class was destroyed, and with it, the American dream! I see NO signs that it is returning. The second bad thing was the "Contract with America" a couple of idiots started and it has developed into political hatred that wont go away soon! My pride is waning, sorry to say, but I still have hope. This new President though..... I see little hope to "get MY country back", and be proud again.
Quite literally, half of this country supports persecuting myself or my loved ones on the mere basis of our personal identities and private behavior. The other half is largely indifferent or ignorant, and equally dogmatic in their own right. Compared to our economic and political counterparts we are less happy, less healthy, less educated, etc; we have more resources but don't use them effectively. What the hell is there to be proud of, exactly?
Do you get tired of spewing pure deception and rhetoric?
Tell me who these people are persecuting you.
Are you talking about people who do not agree with Gay agendas forcing every state to change their marriage laws?
You call that persecution? GET REAL! That's called standing up for our right's to dissagree with Big Brother political correctness.
Since Trump was elected, the rhetoric from people like you against half the nation that voted for him is fanatical. You are showing your extremist ideology and why Hillary lost!
Americans have a right to dissagree with issues you like, and this does not mean you are being persecuted!
You misunderstand me, and I probably should have been clearer. I absolutely do not think that most (or even many) people are out to get me. Nor do I think that disagreement is persecution. That's paranoid and ludicrous, I agree.
My objections are against laws (real and proposed) which target me on the sole basis of who I am. That qualifies as persecution, but if you want to call it something else feel free; I get that the word has been taken out of its strict meaning by people who use it frivolously. A majority of people support some law or another which I regard as constitutionally wrongful, and often the rest are ignorant and indifferent about it since it doesn't affect them directly (most of my issues aren't mainstream issues).
This also isn't partisan for me. There are laws I object to which come from the left. Case in point, gun regulation. I think it is unconstitutional to restrict the right to bear arms on the basis of prior mental health history. Mental illness doesn't actually dispose people to being more violent, and at any rate this strips a liberty away from people on mere suspicion of ill-intent which is not consistent with due process. It's personal to me because I have a history of chronic depression; this doesn't make me a danger to others and what I do with my own life is my own bloody business so I don't need big government violating my rights and justifying it with paternalism.
Finally: My views predate this election cycle, I've voiced them before now, and I'll continue voicing them when a liberal gets elected again down the road.
No sadly. when I was little I was so happy I lived because I saw all the good things we have. Now tho I see the bad to. there are so many things that went wrong with this country. Like separation of religion and state. Or how we enslaved people. Or how we're getting rid of a flag from our history. the people who built this nation wanted to build it off freedom to choose. To be independent. You cant even say your opinion any more, Freedom of speech? Please, we hardly have freedom of thought. I'm not proud of what my country has become. I'm not proud of what it was either. All in all, America will fall like every other nation in history. I wont fall with it and make the same mistakes it does.
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