First off, this is not an “anti-America” post nor is it strictly “pro-America”. For our purposes America is defined geographically as the nation of the United States of America including the territories under its control.
I wanted to start this post because on other threads posters make arguments about America with a preconcieved notion about what America is; what it means to be American, etc. These notions are not always understood by our international friends, or by me, for that matter.
I also wanted to see if there is one defining sentiment that marks America as unique as a nation. Are there unique values? Is there a core “American philosphy”?
My belief is thus:
America is a nation, first and foremost, that was founded on the ideas of freedom of thought, equality of worth, and liberty. This has profound implications in that these ideas have allowed it to become a center of cultural diversity, develop its academic integrity, and grow the wealthiest “middle class” on the planet.
I believe the theme of America’s entire history to be centered around these concepts–and this is what makes us unique.