I'm beginning to believe that everyone has lost faith in their country. There was once a time when we were the envy of the world, and people came here to stake a claim in a "new" country. A place where if you worked hard, you could reap the rewards of your efforts and make a better life. People wanted, and still want that American dream. The problem now being, no one wants to do right for it. We in our representative democracy have failed as a nation. Everyone is so quick to blame our government, to point the finger, yet no one wants to do something to contribute to the solution. I say contribute. Buying American for instance. I'm not saying that buying American is going to be the answer to illegal immigration, tax evasion, corporate bailout, war expenditures, etc; however, it will help in its own way. I find it strange to see Mitsubishi cars everywhere when 67 years ago they were building fighter planes and battleships to kill Americans. That Hitler's Volkswagen autos are the envy for high school teens across the country. Imagine today if Saddam personally endorsed Honda. Would Americans still flock to dealerships to buy them? Seldom do you see clothing: hats, jackets, shoes, socks, pants; that weren't Made In: Pakistan, Indonesia, China, Dominican Republic, Iran, Malaysia, India, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico, Brazil, Vietnam. Look around next time you shop, see where some of your "All-American" companies turn to widen the profit margins. Americans should want to do the right thing to show integrity, honor, and morality. After all it is those attributes that forged this country and made it into the world power it is today. The banks have caused big problems for the country by issuing credit to those who are not worthy of such a luxury. When the individual in question is unable (or unwilling) to pay their bills, the debt is eaten by the country. When an injury is exaggerated (or invented) to collect disability the system suffers. Welfare, social security, all government aid that is abused kills the country slowly from within and is seldom seen or questioned by the public. Be responsible, lead by example, do the right thing. We made these problems possible, we can set it straight. We should be proud of our country. Patriotism has to be suffering at an all time low. I've seen foreign flags flying by more people who would rather display flags of 3rd world countries than proudly display the one of the country of which they are citizens (or illegal immigrants of.) We need to bring back the pride and unity our country once held in the WWII days. Prosperity from the Roaring 20s. What America needs is some positive advertisement. Fly a flag: on your house, on your car, on you. I encourage everyone to do their part. Every little bit helps. Spend your hard earned money on domestic product from a country that works hard for you. Reward yourself for contributing to our economy, and praise those that follow suit. Fly OUR flag, it's colors never run. "Be the change you want to see."