I guess we can file this one under “duh.” A recent poll conducted by the good folks over at Gallup finds that Republicans are prouder to be Americans than Democrats.
I’m not sure that Gallup could have chosen a better topic for a poll they were releasing around the July 4th holiday!
The poll found that 93% of Republicans were extremely proud to be American compared to only 85% of Democrats.
Similarly 89% of conservatives were extremely proud compared to only 76% of liberals.
While the research is definitely not groundbreaking, it does reinforce the idea that “love of country” is somehow reinforced by conservative philosophy, whereas liberal sentiments are more likely to make a person resentful of our national ideals.
To be honest, I am very surprised that the liberal response was that high. Most liberals I talk to generally act like our nation is somehow inferior to the more progressive countries of Western and Northern Europe.
I spent almost a decade teaching social studies, most of those years in the public school system.
More than once I have heard some colleagues say that they have had to correct a student who has said something like “America is the best country in the world.” I always tried to be polite, but I let them know in no uncertain terms, that I proudly proclaim that the United States is the best country in the world in my class.
I know that others may be offended, but where else in the world can you find the mix of freedoms–both personal and economic–that you find here? Nowhere. To be sure, there are countries that are economically more free, and there may be some that are personally freer (I can’t think of one now) but both at the same time? No way.
I love my country because it is my country. I also love my country because of all that it has to offer.
I am a conservative and I am extremely proud to be American.