According to a comprehensive American Enterprise Institute analysis of decades of data on of patriotism across America, 75% of respondents describe themselves as “extremely proud” or “very proud” to be an American, down from 87% in the days following the 9/11 attacks.
Why the drop? Washington-based think tank AEI says it’s because America is prideful, but also keenly aware of its weaknesses as a country, particularly with respect to its government and treatment of people “American patriotism is not blind patriotism,” the authors write. “Polls show that Americans find a lot to criticize in their society, and today, they are especially dissatisfied with performance.”
Citing a 2015 study, AEI reported that although Americans love their country unwaveringly, 35% said they certainly experienced instances when they were not proud to be an American, with most instances referring to wartime decisions.
The latest report, seems to suggest that Americans are actually woke AF when it comes to understanding both America’s successes and failures on the world stage. Only 25% are extremely proud of America’s history, and only 7% could say they were extremely proud of America’s treatment of groups in society — suggesting that the American people understand we have a tumultuous history and aren’t ignorant of nationwide issues surrounding socioeconomic inequality.
“While Americans are patriotic, they also have criticisms and concerns about the country today,” the report says. “We are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country and dissatisfied with the position of the U.S.S in the world. Still, we see our country as one of the greatest in the world, and believe it has a unique character.”
More importantly, this skepticism tends to apply to decision-makers in Washington rather than the troops who keep the country safe downrange. The armed forces still enjoy a high level of patriotic respect, with 77% of Americans reporting they were extremely or very proud of America’s armed forces. Moreover, 17% of Americans say that their proudest moment is related to U.S. military achievements, while 14% says theirs was the nation’s response to the attacks on 9/11.
As they prepare to launch fireworks, let flags fly, and pour one out for the founding fathers, today’s Americans prove that love of country is resolute, but it isn’t unquestioning — and that’s what makes for a true patriot.
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Staff Sgt. John Eller conducts pre-flights check on his C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 3 prior to taking off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii for a local area training mission. Sgt. Eller is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
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A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
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It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.