Posted BY: Steve McCann
I first encountered unabashed pride in being American when I came to the United States in 1951. I sailed across the Atlantic alone. Perhaps someone along the way told me that I was going to the United States; however, as a seven or eight-year-old I knew nothing about the nation that had granted me refuge. Upon disembarking in New York what stood out was not the awe-inspiring and intimidating skyscrapers seemingly reaching to the heavens, or for the first time in my life seeing a city not lying in ruins from the ravages of war, but that there was a palpable atmosphere of confidence, optimism, self-reliance and above all pride among the people in this new and mystifying country.
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I soon learned that this mindset permeated the entirety of this vast nation and had since its founding, thus, enabling it to evolve into the most successful nation-state in the annals of mankind. While no nation can ever create an ideal society, due to certain immutable characteristics of the human race, no country has come closer to doing so. It is the only nation in history committed to righting societal wrongs, living by the underlying tenets of Judeo-Christianity, and governing itself by means of a written Constitution that reflects those values.