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yankee77wi

The right to self determination, the free exercise of what benefits my life, the liberty of choice to do something or not do something, the pursuit of those things that bring my family or myself the happiness we desire. Respecting others also are afforded the same without obstruction.


ripped_by_zipcar

>The right to self determination Postal ballots took away that right.


NoGodsNoManagers1

How’s that?


yankee77wi

The breaking of the social contract we have is bad, but I don’t see that as violating self determination. I get the ability to make my own choices, yes people can cheat me, but that’s a moral defect they will have to live with. I am independent from doing what my government tells me to do at all steps of my life.


EasterNow

"Yes, fellow patriots, I ate your flag. And I did it with pride. For to express oneself with doing a thing is the very essence of Freedom Day! Bless this planet and all its wonderful people!" ―Zoidberg


cat1554

Dang I need to watch Futurama again


AlpacaWarMachine

Being able to pursue opportunities that have less to do with your family name/background, and more to do with your own ambitions.


Laaxus

What's your opinion on the american education system ? What are its upsides and downsides ? What could/should be improved most importantly ? I'm an european, and I'm curious about the general conservative opinion on this matter ...


AlpacaWarMachine

It’s only getting worse. I graduated with an engineering degree and the amount of people that were almost dragged through to graduation who absolutely should have failed was way too high. Personally I felt like there was too much emphasis on getting everyone book smart, little to no hands on experience was encouraged, and even when it got to my graduation, they put a cap on how many classes you could take before charging a premium in order to push student into graduation. It’s bad enough everything was super expensive, and the prices have only gone up since then, but btw the low quality of support, large and growing class sizes, small faculty, and low barrier to graduation, I didn’t feel confident I learned what I needed to until way after I graduated after like 5 years in industry. College has become a trap to enslave kids in a degree with little return on investment, with low education expectations upon graduation, that is used to indoctrinate people less into learning and challenging conventional thought and more into radicalism and blind obedience. Those that are too fearful of graduation just go into masters and the doctoral programs and end up in even worse conditions on the way out. I think, aside from college being overrated for most work in industry, trade schools should be encouraged, and degrees should be optional for most jobs. Personally, I’d rather have a high school graduate as a new hire than a college graduate.


--ticktock--

I'm in a different field (library science) and it's very similar here. Grad school focused so much on theory and most of my professors definitely had an ivory tower mentality. We learned little to nothing about how to actually manage a library. It's simple enough to learn on the job, and I think that's part of the reasons why library schools make it over complicated; I think it makes them feel more important to inflate their curriculum with esoteric theory rather than practical, day-to-day skills. I'm really sorry I sunk $20k on this education, but it's a requirement to get a job.


Grouchy-Offer-7712

There are already nuanced responses to your question, but I would really like to add that basic "tricks to make it to upper middle class" such as personal finance, micro and macroeconomics, home economics, and other classes that don't exist like "insurance explained" or "healthcare- tips and tricks" are very unemphasized. I don't care at all about Shakespeare's literature at 28 years old, I damn well wish someone would have explained how I could fix a broken washing machine when I was 17 because that would help me a lot more now. Maybe it's just a comment on education but real life prep is left totally up to the parents. I'm glad I have good ones but people who don't fail to learn basic life tips and hacks. It costs them hundreds or thousands USD per year and drag them down socioeconomically.


Queasy-Sir3714

The American education system is fucked and used to breed Marxist ideology. It hasn’t always been that way, but the current state of the education system is wrong


ChemsDoItInTestTubes

But just throw more money at it, right? That always makes it better... It means something that our education system was once the engine upon which our greatness was built, that it was emulated and adapted around the world. It's a tragedy that we let the leftists capture our schools, and it's time we start taking them back, starting with the school boards. Edit: let me clarify, because I've seen a couple of replies come in that were immediately deleted (removed?). I've been in academia for the better part of a decade, so that's where my mind was at in the first part about being the envy of the world. Public primary and secondary schools have always been of questionable quality in the US, with our private schools being of extremely high quality. For the rest, leftists have taken over every part of our school system, and we need to begin the process of rolling that back, starting at the school board level and working up.


Queasy-Sir3714

I agree with everything you said, I’m not sure why I got downvoted. But there is currently an uprise against the school boards across America, the moms are speaking out and running and replacing the radical lefts and they are doing it while being labeled domestic terrorists. If there was one good thing about Covid, it was causing the children to stay home and do school online and parents were able to see and hear what they were being taught


ChemsDoItInTestTubes

It's probably just butthurt leftists doing butthurt leftist things. Try not to worry about it.


LockStock_Barrell

The opportunity to do anything and the ability to do nothing.


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LockStock_Barrell

Whatever I want it to be. It’s as simple as that


Miserable-Bar-7349

n i c e


SPCTomB2

The ability to speak my mind and hold any opinion without interference, the expectation of privacy against surveillance of any kind, the ability to keep and bear arms for self defense against invaders, tyrants or criminals should they come for me. I also believe it stands for the ability to pursue your own future as opposed to being shackled to something simply as a means of subsistence, to vote if I so choose and neither be compelled to vote at all or for a specific candidate. (I’m increasingly thinking there should be a None Of The Above/Neither/None/etc option on all areas of a ballot.) I’m also believing of integration of society where everything “melts together” so to speak. No segregation or separation of society. Immigrants learn our language and ways and they contribute theirs to us. And above all else the freedom to be and choose what I wish so long as I don’t overrun or infringe upon someone else. That’s but a part of what I feel being an American is and should be.


ultimis

> (I’m increasingly thinking there should be a None Of The Above/Neither/None/etc option on all areas of a ballot.) There is, you just leave it blank. There are certain offices I just don't care about or don't have the time to do proper research. I will always leave those blank. If I find the time to research them and they all suck, I'll also leave them blanks. Perhaps you are looking for a "Vote of no confidence" in any of the candidates. That would be interesting and would be worth while. Though many elections, if not all elections, are typically a "Lesser of two evils" decisions. You might find consistently "Vote of no confidence" would be the plurality in most elections, no matter how good the candidates are.


SPCTomB2

Which would definitely be the wake up call of politics. If it was publicly known via election results that the person elected is less popular than None Of The Above it would deflate the egos of many politicians. Of course it might also inflate the egos of politicians who score higher than that, they might think themselves untouchable.


Frenchtoast2870000

I like that "vote of no confidence" I'd be cool with that being an option, and including them in the count. So if 100 people voted,21 to 9 for candidates, you could still see that 70 people simply had no confidence in eathers ability.


Simpoge39

I have… a motivation boner 🫡


Huge-Inspection3740

Love this take. Honestly, if a politician ran on this, they’d win lol


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Bro, this is the most based take I've seen in a while


ovolteen

A land of unlimited opportunities, for anyone and everyone, no matter the color of their skin, gender, sexuality, etc.


Skaja780

See the Constitution.... It's all in there!!


mmmellowcorn

“As per my last email…” - George Washington probably


ChemsDoItInTestTubes

"Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these states, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it." Same thing, really.


Irish_Punisher

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.


Svenray

Government and Europe staying out of my personal business.


Zealousideal-Ad-8042

I just helped my son complete a paper on this last night. America is having life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To me, it’s still exactly how our founding forefathers intended it.


Additional-One-3628

Being American to me is always holding yourself to a higher standard.


Ahqoviing

Machine guns and tax evasion.


Journeymaker

Sounds like a Skynrd album.


GeoffreyArnold

Two things that are illegal in America.


LabAdministrative183

One Word #Freedom


JustAndNguyen

To do what you want to do for whatever reason you want so long as no other person or others' property is violated.


Beebeeleen

1) The US Constitution 2) The US Constitution 3) The US Constitution I can continue but...


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Beebeeleen

My answer is the US constitution. Your answer can differ, but it is not my answer.


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Beebeeleen

As I stated, you are entitled to your answer. Go write it. My answer is the constitution. In the constitution, the first amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" https://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/first-amendment-and-religion


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Sohjinn

The establishment clause of the first amendment… "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It’s in the first fucking amendment you dolt.


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Sohjinn

It doesn’t have a different meaning at all. It very clearly states that no law shall be made establishing a religion, nor will there be a law prohibiting exercise of any religion. That is as clear as the day is long. Just because ‘separation of church and state’ isn’t the exact phrase mentioned doesn’t mean that it’s not what the founding fathers meant, especially when church and state comes from Jefferson. The constitution made it clear that no religion will be established in the United States. Therefore Christianity itself has no place in being a ‘core American value.’ That’s ignorant to the many Americans who don’t practice it. To force it on others is in direct violation of the first amendment.


Due-Entrepreneur-641

Freedom and constitutional rights!!


HayseedJunky

Being able to do what I want and generally be left alone.


wordsfornerds

Guns and big boobs!


Journeymaker

Just like G.I. Joe taught me!


wordsfornerds

Knowing is half the battle!


LudoAvarius

It's supposed to mean that you can come here and believe whatever you want to believe and not be persecuted for it. It's supposed to mean that we can live our lives and have equal footing at a chance for success in this world. I don't feel like those values hold true anymore. It feels like that has largely been lost, and that this country is undergoing an identity crisis.


indrada90

Preach.


-JustARedHerring

Don’t be a dick, but if you can’t resist being a dick, do it on your own time in your own space.


Monkeybutt3518

This is the way.


Calm_Ad_8934

Making pedophiles nonexistent and also anyone can make a business for a better life


Zoydberg_

It means everything, including my existence Although im ashamed to see only 200 comments on this thread


BazookaPowPow

Being a grass roots American. Talking to people I see in my local community and sharing ideas while building relationships. Being helpful to fellow Americans.


KrimsonStorm

Rugged individualism, self determination, and a natural yearning for ordered liberty, prosperity, and innovation. I also think it means an innate desire for either exploration or curiosity in general. That's what it means to me. Edit, added the last part.


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Right to bear Arms and freedom of Speech So technically US Constitution.


throwaway60992

As an immigrant to America, being an American means having opportunities you otherwise wouldn’t have elsewhere in the world.


Critical_Inspection3

The most innovative and open country EVER


ripvanwinkle1911

To have the undeniable right to self determination, and to live in a country where the rights of the people (should) come first.


jayboy14000

Being an America to me means striving to be the greatest country in the world. Freedom, choice, independence. Sad to see the left trying to ruin us and make room for their ruling class


Miserable-Bar-7349

not American, though I wish I was


nothingincorporated

Being an American means I’m able to say what I want, marry who I want, and pursue life and liberty without government regulations.


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Frenchtoast2870000

I think the government has stepped far beyond just kind of sitting in the back ground for awhile now 😅


inline_asmurai

You can't have live and let live if the government compels some, through threat of force, to give of their substance so that others can have a 'safety net'.


poopface17

America is a nation of equality under the law, and the highest law of the land is the US Constitution. It doesn't feel that way for a lot of Americans today. We need to do more to protect America's values from the nihilistic cultural vandals who care about nothing but themselves.


Puzzleheaded_Put_927

Basically everything the opposite of what is going on right now in society


indrada90

Being squashed under the boot of the wealthy elites


Memeivator

The ability to control my own life choices above all else


mesosalpynx

1 sentence: Striving to give a better life to your children.


Clevzzzz

Grammar corrections


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_Diggus_Bickus_

Re read your title


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You mean the "do" instead of "does". Do is for plural and there are two things I'm asking about... being American and American values. 😊


_Diggus_Bickus_

It reads very awkwardly


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🤷‍♂️ C'est la vie!


maszturbalint321

I'm from Europe 🗿 Mainly bombing brown people on the middle east and fucking up the world economy.


user48683638692683

It should be that you are thankful that you aren't speaking German and aren't living under a fascist dictator. You are welcome.


SnappyinBoots

That was mostly thanks to the Soviets....


user48683638692683

Not on the western front. If you live on the eastern front, you should be thankful you aren't speaking Russian then.


SnappyinBoots

You don't think there might just possibly be a connection between the Gernans needing to commit 3 million soldiers to the eastern front and them losing on the western one? Either way, the whole "everyone in Europe would be speaking German if it weren't for America" is an inappropriately simplistic view of history.


user48683638692683

Yeah pretty simplistic that Germany occupied all of Europe from the Soviet Union to the Atlantic ocean and parts of Africa. Pretty simplistic... Get over it, you got your asses handed to you by the Nazis blitzkrieg and you still rely on the might of the US military to prevent your countries from being invaded.


SnappyinBoots

>Yeah pretty simplistic that Germany occupied all of Europe from the Soviet Union to the Atlantic ocean and parts of Africa. Pretty simplistic... Lol, nice how you resort to a strawman. Yes, the Nazis did occupy much of Europe... that's irrelevant to what I said. >Get over it, you got your asses handed to you by the Nazis No, *we* didn't.


icemichael-

Then be thankful you didn't become (or remain, it varies depending on where in Europe we are talking about) a soviet puppet. You are welcome x2


jinwon23

You and I are both shietbags in the same pool mate.


maszturbalint321

EU be nice tho.


leadrain86

The fact that America is one of…if not the last…place on Earth where anyone from anywhere can be prosperous.


infoporridge

First, we DON’T have leaders, we have REPRESENTATIVES. Use the correct language to correct your thinking. Those in Washington have lost the plot, and think they rule over us. 2nd, NO law is greater than the US Constitution… so those hoping to grant Bill Gates/WHO international dominion are going to be proven wrong by any means necessary. Freedom of Speech, 2nd Amendment and the knowledge that we the people were never meant to trust the govt. That’s why everything is written out in law so clearly. Finally, anyone who forgets their place and tries to strip us of life, liberty and a means to defend ourselves shall be permanently relieved of their ability to try.


NoFreeBrunch

The ability to work hard and move up the socioeconomic ladder.


indrada90

Man, the indoctrination in this thread is real


GeoffreyArnold

How do you mean?


indrada90

All the top comments are like, freedom! And opportunity! In America we have neither, but we've been indoctrinated into thinking we do.


GeoffreyArnold

The further we fall into leftist ideology, the less freedom we have. But we are still more free than most other countries in the world. In fact, I can't think of a country with more liberty than the United States. Can you?


indrada90

I couldn't disagree more, the more we hold on to reactionary views and outdated traditions and social structures, the more susceptible we are to having our freedom taken from us by those who have exploited the contemporary world to the fullest. When our preachers preach purity but partake in debauchery, and our politicians politicize financial responsibility but spend their millions on yachts and private jets, we know the old ways are broken. A progressive ideology is one that is focused on fixing the problems our society has, while a conservative ideology is focused on preserving the luxuries we already have. Right now, we don't have any luxuries to preserve. I work my ass off every day and I still can't afford a 1 bedroom apartment on my own. The government cannot be trusted. Our employers exploit us at every corner for maximum profit, and yet you want to conserve what we have? There is a time for conservatism, and a time for progressivism. If times were good I would vote republican. Times are not good. We need change. And yes, I would argue that Sweden has more freedom than we do.


GeoffreyArnold

> I couldn't disagree more, the more we hold on to reactionary views and outdated traditions and social structures, the more susceptible we are to having our freedom taken from us by those who have exploited the contemporary world to the fullest. I'm sorry, but this makes no sense. "Traditions and social structures" take away our freedoms? No, it's the Government which takes away our freedoms. The Government is basically a giant corporation with a legal monopoly on coercion and violence. "Traditions" are not dangerous if they're voluntary. >When our preachers preach purity but partake in debauchery, and our politicians politicize financial responsibility but spend their millions on yachts and private jets, we know the old ways are broken. Why should I care what your preacher does? That's for you to hold him accountable by not attending that Church until he can no longer hold a congregation. Also, I do not care if politicians have millions so long as they earned that money from their private business and not through capturing government influence and graft. >A progressive ideology is one that is focused on fixing the problems our society has No. We do not need that sort of "help" when it comes from the Government. Progressive ideology relies on coercion to achieve its goals. It requires the government to put its boots on the necks of its citizens in order to ensure compliance for "fixing" those "problems". > I work my ass off every day and I still can't afford a 1 bedroom apartment on my own. Move to a cheaper location bruh. That's why we have a Federalist system. You probably live in a shitty city in a shitty state. Move to Mississippi or Texas or Oklahoma where your money will go farther. >The government cannot be trusted. Exactly. This is what conservatives understand and "progressives" don't. >And yes, I would argue that Sweden has more freedom than we do. Sweden doesn't even have Freedom of Speech. They literally have forced labor unions. There is no upward mobility and everyone who manages to start a successful business in Sweden leaves the country because the Government steals all of their success in the form of crippling taxes. The only thing I'll give Sweden credit for is that everyone pays high taxes. At least that's better than the American system where 51% of the citizens pay no income taxes at all.


Fabulousfemur

If we don't have opportunity then why do we have so many immigrants, legal and illegal?


throwaway60992

These people will never realize how good they have it until they’ve actually lived overseas.


indrada90

Because we either bombed them or supported the drug cartels ravaging their country


Gbchris12

I for one, am proud to be American. Proud to be able to live a life of prosperity and have a country where hard work actually gets your somewhere.


KyleButler79

Having respect for Constitution that protects my basic rights from government encroaching upon them, and free market capitalism. That’s what being an American means to me.


dannydutch1

Guns, ineffective health care and keeping a foot on the neck of the poor.


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dannydutch1

Damn, I forgot to add ‘fear of communism’ in my original list. Thanks for the reminder 👍🏻


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HAPPYxMEAL

Do whatever you want as long as you don't hurt anyone/thing or the planet


jamboh20

Take by force. Keep by strength.


ripped_by_zipcar

lol a country which cant even defend its own borders !


ultimis

That has been the entire history of humanity.


Draviedar

I'm not American so...


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Well thanks for dropping by to let us know 🤷‍♂️


Draviedar

At your service


hoggbrian

God and guns


PeersPod

Proper grammar to start dawg


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Do - plural. Does - singular. I'm asking people's perspective on two things. Therefore "do" is correct.


Airconman-1

Nothing cause I’m not American lol


NewPhoneWhoDis1111

Being an American used to be something to be proud of. Being able to say with confidence that I'm from the greatest country on the planet used to mean something to me. Perhaps it still is the best, based only on the fact that there isn't one better, but it feels shitty not being proud of this country anymore. Being an American is actually embarrassing right now. We've undone a lot of good, a lot of progress that people before us made, and there doesn't seem to be an end to the spiral.


RealMassT

Christianity


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Having people be their own persons and therefore, being the authors of there own destiny, regardless of if the left or right likes it!


Frenchtoast2870000

Hard working, honest, proud, doing your damnest even when the result is failure, being a man of God, family, culture and tradition.


Frenchtoast2870000

That I can post the word "poopy pants" on anything I want and no one can do anything about it.


inline_asmurai

The right to be left alone, secure in my property and free to enjoy all the fruits of my labor.


Queasy-Sir3714

Freedom, guns, God, family, and Gold


swiftttyy

Freedom


CyberVolks

Free to live my life the way I want. Keep the most of what I earn, run my business without intrusion. Leave me the f-ck alone.


ewurgy

Watch Talladega Nights. That pretty much sums it up for me! <3


Zeldenthuis

American values are the right to pursue and express your best and holiest self as you believe God intended.


godgunsntrucks

American values mean my whole livelihood to me as someone from a family of war veterans


Jaded-Pressure-6077

The dominance of English common law fostering the greatest environment for human progress. Human rights coupled with charity, goodwill towards man, honest business and justice.


lhurker

Whatever the Biden Regime is peddling? The opposite of that.


hannibal0720

Everything simple answer


YodaCodar

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


canadianredditor16

nothing because im canadian


123456American

Only hiring American workers.


drbootup

Fairness. Equality. Open-mindedness.


Flaky_Farmer_459

To me it means MAGA!