Gary Alan Scott’s 10 Reasons To No Longer Be Proud of Being an American

I can no longer say that I am proud to be an American.

Gary Alan Scott, an expatriate and ‘ex-patriot’ living in Belgium wrote an interesting piece on Monday, arguing that he was no longer proud to be an American for 10 reasons He writes:

I love my country’s founding values, its natural beauty and so, so many people in it, but that I can no longer say that I am proud to be an American.

I’ve never been one for excessive patriotism, or flag-waving, but it is an interesting question. Are there reasons to be proud to be an American? Are we doing things that should be the source of pride? Drop me a note at or comment here, if you have any thoughts.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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