We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
I'm proud to be an American.
Not because I'm proud of all my countrymen, for I am not; far too many of them choose to act in manners that range from simply damnfoolish to overtly evil.
Not because I'm proud of all the actions of my nation, for I am not; our history is replete with mistakes and mistreatments.
Not because I'm proud of the current "leadership", for I am not; in fact, the current "leadership" is about as unworthy of pride as I can imagine.
I am proud to be an American, because the United States is a nation founded on splendid ideals, and because we keep on getting closer to those ideals. We didn't start out perfect; we'll never achieve perfection; but we'll keep getting better and better.