Poll: Only 22% of Democrats Extremely Proud To Be American


July Fourth is upon us.

It’s a day to enjoy time with our families as we celebrate our nation, our independence, freedom from tyranny and a hope for the future.

That is, unless you are a Democrat.

Gallup released a concerning poll on Tuesday that shows only 22% of Democrats are “extremely proud to be an American.”

That means less than one in four is proud to be a citizen of our great nation.

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Republicans, on the other hand, voted 76% for the proposition of being extremely proud to be an American. That is the highest number since 2009.

Only 41% of Independents polled as extremely proud to be American, according to Gallup.

People who identified as liberals, Democrats and 18- to 29-year-olds all showed the least amount of pride for their country.

Older Republican conservatives were the most proud, according to the poll.

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Apparently, a booming economy, strong military and record-low unemployment — including among minorities — aren’t enough to get the Democrats to sing along with Lee Greenwood. Add in decreased federal regulations, decreased crime rates, increased wages and a rising stock market, and one would think even the Democrats would be proud.

Certainly, not everything is great. There are fissures in fundamental political philosophies and a basic disagreement about the rules of discourse and information. The crisis at the southern border has functioned as a megaphone for opposing viewpoints of America’s role in addressing the world’s ills.

But despite that, there is much to be proud of. There are countries where diverse speech is outlawed and punished with prison or even death. And though Google, Facebook and Twitter actively control a frightening share of the conversations, they obtained that influence by enjoying the freedoms that make America great.

America will always welcome the world’s tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free, even if there is disagreement about how to do it reasonably and safely.

That is certainly something to be proud of.

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As our yards fill with family and neighbors around a smokey grill and fireworks, remember that it isn’t what divides us that brings hope. It isn’t our differences that will make tomorrow better.

So, grab a second cold one and put a burger on your plate, then sit with your neighbor and enjoy what makes America great.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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