This could be an essay of hundreds of thousand of words.
Instead, I’m going to summarize one major area of importance about this particular nation state, despite its flaws.
I am not a “patriotic” person with an ideology that being born in a certain geographical area of the planet Earth makes you different than any other person. Borders of any nature are simply human concocted lines of ownership meant to sequester resources. The planet is not owned by anyone, it’s a symbiotic parcel of livable space matter. Us humans either abide by the unwritten rules of that symbiosis or get shrugged off the carousel circling our one and only energy source, the sun.
Being human is more important than being of a certain geography. The rights for humans should transcend those of being of a certain geography. In the same vein, a human’s choice of religion (or lack thereof), their prosperity in terms of being rich or poor, their “race” or any other facet of their being is irrelevant to their humanity. Governance that embraces this means humans are truly free.
America has embodied this to me. Despite being a cynical youth that sees through many governmental and corporate talking points, our country has long been a sanctuary to the distressed. A place where anyone could come to make a home, work hard and be successful.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
This is what made America a great nation, although imperfect.
Yesterday the president signed an edict that refuses entry to refugees into the United States of America. Compounding this, it is particularly weighted against a certain religion. This runs contrary to the main ideals that make me proud to be an American. I can only hope that this is overturned and the innocent lives of refugees are spared.