While Americans still have widespread national pride, Americans do not seem to think that our Founding Fathers would approve of what America has become. This is a welcome surprise for two reasons. First, recognizing there is a problem is the first step in solving it. It is good news that 71% of Americans think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be disappointed in the USA of today. Those of you in the south and west are really bringing it strong. Over 74% of you say our Founders would be disappointed in America.
Second, it makes perfect sense because we have become so self-centered and apathetic. Our Founders were hard core. When you compare the quotes and ideas of our Founders with statements of today, there is no comparison. Take a look at the quotes from men like Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, and Roosevelt. America’s Founders were bold, opinionated, and put the power with the people. Our words today are diluted, censored, and we are more worried about being politically correct than with stating the truth. It’s like a virus in our government, our people, our politicians and our businesses.
Thankfully, only 27% of Americans think our Founders would be pleased with how America has turned out. This is down significantly from 2001 where 54% of us thought our Founders would be pleased with America. As part of Raising the USA, we can raise that number…but so that it reflects real change in America including our people, our government, and our attitudes. So for each piece of news you read, each action you make, each political speech you hear, look at it from our Founders point of view. We may be surprised how many actions, businesses, people, and politicians just aren’t making the cut. Together, we can bring back an America our Founders would be proud of!
Source: Gallup http://www.gallup.com/poll/163361/proud-american.aspx