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Old 07-15-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Wilsonville, OR
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Do I? Yes, I would say that I do. Oregon is an awesome place to live. Can't say the same for many other areas of the US. I also can't say many positive things about our government or its policies, or a lot of other things.

Countries are far too much of an abstraction to really hold any love for. Individual states are too, but at least they are smaller, more homogenous in their culture, and therefore more easily manageable from a mental standpoint.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:53 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I consider myself to be an AMERICAN and that's what I'm loyal to. I have my preferences for what cities/metro areas of the country I prefer to live in. But I am not limited by any of them.

States actually don't mean that much to me. They are almost useless political boundaries, as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Orange County, N.C.
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Of course, most of my best friends live in the same state. I graduated from a State sponsored University. I am licensed to both hunt and fish, for the rest of my life in this state. Basketball is dang near the state religion, the climate, with the exception of a couple of weeks in summer, is quite tolerable and most of the local politicians don't get greedy with their stealing. The country killed off a number of my friends in a trumped up war back in the 60's, they tax me outrageously and lie to me on a regular basis. So..... were you I, which would you prefer?
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Sorry- it simply is not either or for me.
I'm a native son of Idaho, and my home is here always, but I've been around many places in America, and I have a piece of them all in my heart. I cannot discard those other pieces as they all have made me what I am, even if they weren't the country I feel is my home. All of them have had elements I liked better than here, and all have had elements I didn't like. Same goes for Old Mother Idaho. Asking me which I love better is asking which of my eyes I like better, or my hands, or any part of me that has duplicates.

I have one brother and one sister by blood, but I have many, many more by heart, and they live all over this nation. I will not deny or abandon either my blood kin or my soul kin.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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After Vietnam and all the military crap since I must say I barely tolerate this country. This state is infested with rabid rednecks trying to force their morality on me and my friends so I don't much care for my state either. I figure sooner or later they will crack down on anyone that disagrees with them.

What I do care for is my family and friends. And my freedom to think as I want and express it any way I please. That I like.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I would choose my home state, with all its obvious flaws, over the United States if I was forced to choose, all politics aside. All my family has been here for generations, the family farm has been on the same piece of land since before the Civil War. I don't feel the same kind of loyalty to Washington, D.C., no matter who the president is, Republican or Democrat.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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i love florida and for that reason pick my state over my country, but have to say that banjomike (who i rarely agree with) gave a very nice answer to the question.

there are great things about the entire united states and it would certainly be nice if every american could travel and visit all the other states to appreciate just how special the US actually is.
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