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October 18th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

My America Is...

15 days until the midterm election.

Amid all the mudslinging and political promises, it's easy to lose sight of what elections are really about.

 They are about shaping what this country is about and setting a course for where we want to see it go.

On this show, we want to get back to basics. To brass tacks. The core beliefs. So we're asking you to help us answer one simple question:

            What does "America" mean to you?

 It's a segment we're calling, "My America is..." 

And we want to hear from you.  We want to hear your personal experiences.

Your vantage point.  Your everyday life in this nation. What does this country look like from where you’re standing?     

Leave us your thoughts. We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am — 1pm ET

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (190 Responses)
  1. Debra Shigetomi

    My America is....the men and women in uniform who have fought for our country or are still fighting and giving of their lives to keep us free...for without them, there would be no America

    October 18, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  2. Michael

    My America is a place where a Job is hard to come by or in most cases just non existent. I go to college which is covered under financial Aid but even that doesn't cover books. Every semester I realize I am getting closer and closer to being out in the job market and I have to be honest....that scares the hell out of me.

    My America is not so good right now and I really hope its back to normal by the time I get my Diploma

    October 18, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  3. sharon

    My America is the only country that allows us to bash our leaders unmercifully. Sad but true....................

    October 18, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  4. Stephen A. Qurazzo

    America to Me: I love this country, and care about others, but I am
    disillusioned that America is a place where those who have the
    financial assets get treated better, assume they should rule, and
    where the quality of life in America is basically about who can or
    cannot afford to live here. I cannot believe that our creator would
    ever put price tags on each of us as to whatr we are worth as a
    human being.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  5. Egberto Willies

    My America is an America where government works for the individual and not the corporation. My America is an America where our tax code rewards those who work as opposed to those who simply move money around. My America is an America where we collectively invest in our people’s education, our people’s health, and our infrastructure. My America is an America where dreams can still be realized.

    Tony, that America is being taken away by not by the President or Government. It is being taken away by a small group at the top that simply cannot seem to get enough. America has the wrong boogeyman.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  6. Tony greco

    Iam watching this country go down in all aspects of Living.
    Big Buisness is making all the money and workers cant keep up with the cost of living.
    And if you have a good paying job,hold on they are all leaving to go out of the Country for lower wages.
    Nafta is not helping Americans raise their standard of living but lowering it.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  7. Tom

    The partisanship shown by leadership of both parties is embarrassing.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  8. J Keefer

    *spelling correction*

    My America is gone to the influence of the 1% who own 70% of US investments. A land where stocks are not used to finance companies and fuel growth, but exist more to drive valuations of derivatives and short term trading vehicles of mega investment banks.

    My America is no longer an innovator, but has become more of a land of slick and misleading marketing and a shelter for incumbent technologies. New energy solutions are put on the back burner while existing fossil fuels continue to pollute our earth and jeopardize human existence for the sake of profits.

    My America is lost in petty feuds between political parties that fight not over important issues that could move our country forward, but instead battle over ideals that are irrational, fear-based and primitive.

    My America is going the way of the Romans, and as Scipio pondered as Carthage burned, so too shall we go down the same path.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  9. robert Poindexter

    tony i see a country that takes to much for granet. Most have never served the country and never been out of it to experience what they have here. I see much greed. And disrespect. We need to get back to basics and stop inventing loop holes to get past the laws that made this country great.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  10. Deb Reeves

    a place where family values, strong belief in God, personal responsibility for one's self, hard work and living within your means is the fundamentals of your life and the legacy you pass on to your children.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  11. Rob

    I am a 22 yr old student in New York and from where I am standing America is country out of balance. With an income inequality that can not be ignored. With a better distribution of wealth, maybe our tax money could be beneficial and go towards education, infrastructure or healthcare making all of us happier with an improved quality of life... Just a thought

    October 18, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  12. Mary D

    My America is where my dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to. Its a place where my education and experience have paid off with a decent career at a salary and benefits that are very respectable, but I still struggle to pay the bills. I bought a home last year and benefited from the tax credit, but I worry that if something big goes wrong, I would have to go into debt to fix it. All of that said, I am fearful that voters will turn our goverenment back over to the people who got us into this financial mess in the first place. Passing the health care bill was important to me since, I'm sure I'm not alone in fearing, that one catastrophic illness could bankrupt me. The last thing I want, is to see that bill be revoked. In my America, health care is a moral right, now a rich man's benefit.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  13. Ryan

    America was first and foremost built on the tradition of freedom and liberty based on our God given rights that are confirmed through the Constitution. As much as many of us want to be subservient followers of an impersonal bureaucracy, we need to realize not only the moral hazard in this kind of thinking but also the inefficiency that is endemic to it. As Americans, we should be proud of our country and not move towards a future that is merely the disproved past.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  14. Cosme

    My America Is:
    A Government of the people, by the people and for the people. Not for the enterprise!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  15. Brittany Gilbert

    I believe America means freedom, opportunity, patriotism and liberty. Everyday I hear fellow college students talk about how much they dislike this country and our goverment. I don't feel that way though. Even though our economy is at it's worst and we are are fighting an endless war, this country is still the best nation in the world. There are people going through worse times than we are and I don't thing many citizens realize. I will always love this country and never talk about negatively about it. I am going to continue wearing t-shirts with the American flag on it. I will always support our troops no matter what. To me being an American is the best thing in the world.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  16. Robert A. Desbiens

    Everything that is happening reminds me of the poem,"You never say when to professional men.
    We're tolld that the administration cares about what happens to the unemployed. But though we toughed through it, we must pay taxes on our measly pay. Employers used this to remove employees with high vacation, even is they must lie about them.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  17. Sam

    Living in this country and being an American used to be something to be proud of. But with public morale and confidence in the ability of our elected politicians to fix this country's woes waning, a financial crisis that still shows slow signs of resolution at best, a war that lost its justification years ago, and social inequalities still prevalent for the gay community, it's hard to not want to move abroad. I hope that these elections bring about positive change for our country to help move society back in the right direction instead of continuing this downward spiral.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  18. Bob Dennis

    My America is dead. The America of my childhood was bright and full of hope for the future. Now I fear that we are losing our Democracy to Facism. My America died a slow death of a cancer of arrogance and greed.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  19. NobodySpecial

    As a first generation Asian-American, America is a very lonely and depressing place. It's where I learned about civility, compassion, empathy, and sincerity growing up, I find apathy, insensitivity, greed, racism, and ignorance. I find America doesn't practice what it preaches. I see a white-washing of Hollywood everyday when I turn on the T.V. and go to the movies as well as see Asian-American men as non-existent. America makes me feel like a step-child that was never wanted.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  20. Anne Weltner

    To me America is a gift. Just think. Of all the places in the world, I have been blessed tobe an American! People are suffering now, but we are a strong, courageous people. I hope we will stop and see in what we have we have contributed to our situation and fight back. My country has the pride and strength to pull itself up.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  21. Ada mount pocono, pa

    America to me means having freedom to do and say (within legal limits) what I'm feeling about any subject. Americans have the right to choose who their leaders are. Unfortunately not all Americans take advantage of their own thinking, ideas and bother to seek answers, but let others influence them in their choices, sometimes negatively.

    With regards to President Obama and his policies, I feel that he was handed a stacked deck of cards – all with negative conotations that were loaded against him from the start of his presidency.

    You would think that people- American people would understand that the previous 8 years of President Bush's admin. where so many things were done wrong and against Americans would make them understand what President Obama is faced with everyday. It's like getting up everyday with a problem that doesn't go away, a loss of a loved one-that nags at your heart strings everyday. This is what he goes through.

    I say give him a break and 8 years to fix us. He deserves that much after what the previous admin did to us. He'[s trying to make our America whole again.

    I don't envy the President's dilemma, I don't want his job, it's a tough one, but we need an intelligent, gentle man to lead us back to the great America that we all deserve. People – give him a CHANCE.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  22. Ed

    My America is sick and struggling.

    Too much ignorance, too much selfishness, too much violence.

    Ignorance is rampant among the general public about issues of the day. People don't know their candidates or the issues well enough to vote properly, or they vote only on the basis of some gut-level moral issue such as abortion or gays. And after-wards they wonder why we have an ineffective Congress.

    Too many folks worry only about their very narrow, personal lives..."I have my own health insurance and I don't care if that poor person down the street has any". Or "...don't make me buy health insurance. I am young and healthy and don't want to pay for it." And these same people will go to church on Sunday and pretend to be Christians.

    All in all, people haven't changed since I was young. But the media and technology have highlighted and encouraged our worst hidden traits. No doubt in my mind that constant violence highlighted on TV and the internet is showing our young people that it is OK to be mean or to carry a gun.

    In summary, America is getting the society and political leadership it deserves. We have become to busy to pay attention to the real things. The things that count.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  23. Tim G.


    My America is fundamentally a land of freedom. An aspect of that freedom involves consideration for the general welfare or common good of the nation and the responsibility of people to maintain that freedom and consider the general welfare. I think the country has drifted a far way from this basic aspect of life here. There is a lot of talk about rights. When everybody focuses on their rights there will be conflicts among the viewpoints of various given segments. Nothing good in the long run can come from such an approach. In going forward people need to consider the basics of the nation and at times look beyond their own self interests to the general welfare.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  24. Jamie P

    I think we have one of the most corrupt political systems in the world. Where else in the world can politicians be convicted of a crime, and still serve the public. Politician that have lost their driver license, and have been convicted of tax evasion should be removed from office immediately. Just because they make the laws doesn't mean that can break them and stay in office.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  25. Armando Miranda

    My America is a new beging, is diversity, learning to aceptation other no matter what,is know the help exist, is working hard for the future of my family and oportunity to make better world.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  26. Marian Taylor

    I see America as a nation that is growing fitfully and painfully toward maturity. Maturity will lead us away from the attitude that lets people go without health care, and that incarcerates and executes so many people. It will lead us away from blind trust in the market when it comes to our environment. It will lead us to work out an ever more constructive division of labor among government, business and civil society including religion. Our biggest obstacles to growing up in this way are fear and anxiety. As a Christian minister I remind people that Jesus directly commanded us not to be anxious and that holy scripture says fear can be conquered by love.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  27. Hubert Bertrand

    OUR AMERICA??? Politicians have sold america to India,China,Japan, and all other countrys that have oil. If we lie we go to jail.congress lie and they just smile and say OH thats politics.We turn them in for breakeing the law, The one that turned them in gets inti trouble. SO DON'T SAY (OUR) AMERICA TO ME.US little people don't have a voice. congress got a raise,But S.S people like will not get a raise.Gas went up 20cents in the pass week.They don't need the money. They just want it.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  28. Phil

    My America is dying. Workers sit here unemployed, construction material is at a low, and congress hesitates in reinvesting in the infrastructure. America does not spend on people, education & health, but continues to invest billions for defense.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  29. lorraine flagge

    My America to me is a country were I have freedom of speech and able to worship in a religion of my chosing. The right to vote and to travel to any state without carring special papers. A country that has the best miltary forces in the world. We have a freedom that a lot of countries don't and we should cherish and protect it every day. God has blessed us with all our needs this we must also remember. MY America the land of the free and the brave.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  30. barbara napoleon

    America is STILL the home of the brave and the land of the free...We all go through bad times in our lives, if times are tough at the present time, think back when the times were even tougher.We remained optimistic and kept a good outlook on life and knew there would be better times. My deepest concern in America at this time is the amount of hatered that is being shown throughout the political campaigns , and the lack of respect for the feelings of others. Keep a song in your heart, a willingness to help others and an optimistic outlook and America will remain "Oh Beautiful"

    October 18, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  31. Linda Stevens

    To me, America is a place where a daughter can make sure that her 94 y/o father receives the recognition now, that he should have gotten 66 years ago for his service in WWII. In May 2010 he was awarded the SILVER STAR for GALLANTRY. America is a country where my Congressman, Wm. Lacy Clay, MO., graciously assisted me in my journey to see that my father was properly recognized for his acts of heroism during WWII. Don't believe everything you hear, our government DOES work! America is place where an individual who worked as an ICU nurse for 25 years and then had the bad luck to have her body fall apart, can apply for and after proving that she qualifies, receive Social Security Disability at age 48. Social Security Disability truly saved my life. It gave me the money I needed to live a decent life. It gave me health insurance that I used often including having both knees replaced twice. America is a place where a young woman can volunteer for service in the Army Nurse Corps and 40 years later, apply to the VA. for assistance and receive it. I repeat, don't believe everything you hear, our government does work! Find me another country where these things can happen! God Bless America!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  32. Phyllis G

    My AMERICA is believing like King Solomon that "Fear God" and keep His Commandments is the whole duty of MAN (Ecclesiastes 12: 13).

    October 18, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  33. joy vernon

    U.S.A. is the Land of Opportunity.....I arrived here from JAmAICA IN 1963 because of the belief in that statement and 47 years later it still holds true for me.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  34. Peggy Gorham

    What does America mean to me? I have to believe in an idyllic America because our very survival may be reliant upon that. Therefore America is a country that is tolerant and caring. It is a nation of diverse people who are respectful and accepting of our many differences, be they religious, political, cultural, ethnic, or gender related. America is a blend of these varied peoples who have chosen to work together to make the world a better place to live. As Americans if we do not strive to create this ideal America then we are giving up on our futures. So that’s what America is to me, a place for my children’s children to coexist without fear or hate.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  35. Dan Tatum

    My America has lived by Christian Standards from the beginning, and
    it was'nt perfect, but the blacks helped us whites understand what the real Christian standards are.
    We have struggled many decades to get it right, and allowing someone with different standards and different laws to come in and
    negate all we have strived for is not what we want.
    We don't want to fight the Muslims, but unlike OBAMA'S words,
    we may have to, and should be prepared to fight for the lifestyle we
    have fought to have and keep. Christian values including the ten
    commandments. Many thousands of young men have died for that
    right. If we don't stand together, we will fall together!
    Germany's Merkle said it right when she said, "if you don't want to
    live by Christian standards, go somewhere else".
    God, the Father gave the laws which we shall continue to keep.
    God Bless America.


    October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  36. Valerie

    America means to me freedom to speak out respectfully and be heard. It means that we must take the time to show value to ourselves, other people, religion, animals, ecology etc.. to the utmost. Opinions of all people count and we must listen with nonjudgmental openness and follow through for a positive outcome.

    Today because of (greed?) America is a society where if one speaks out they are kicked out. We have little wars called gangs going on all around the country. Here they take matters into their own hands showing disregard to people. Not only are they at the high school level, I have seen them in the business world with disregard to ideas and favoritism to unqualified family members – and the union does not back members up.

    We lack country wide leadership and understanding that either democratic or republican, we vote to gather information to make a balanced decision. Because people have not voted we have become unbalanced The political war bashing emerged like gangs, and we as a country do not want to work together and accept the fact we will only move forward when we accept the outcome of our free elections. We need to stop being a poor example for our children to end this downward process.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  37. Muanah Sylvester Benn

    For me, America is the World's only enbodiment of civility. Political aspirants in these eletions will go to meet the electorate and maybe seem to be spiteful in the attempt to card stag, name call , emotional appeal, band wagon, to insinuate affirmative action . They do this in order to provide the best alternave for the protecction of freedom, justice, liberty, and peace in the context of the American life style. Our men sacrefice their livese so children ,women in area like Afganistan can live,when Iran is treat to World peace.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  38. Vince R

    My America is:

    Distracted, scared, self-serving, immature and lacking in any reconcilable identity. My America lacks congruency and thus integrity. My America thinks in the abstract, missing the applied. My America lives on a myopic diet of platitudes and representations—anemic to the lived life. My America suffers from a distortion between usual logical relations. My America has an inability to separate rational thinking and emotions appropriate to applied situations. My America lacks tolerance to the stress and differing interpersonal relations to such a degree that it has retreated from relevant social intercourse finding comfort in a fantasy life.

    In short, My America technically qualifies for the diagnosis of schizophrenia, strictly speaking.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  39. Bill

    A nation with the following motto:

    One nation under GOD;

    In GOD we trust.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  40. Sylvain Mbuyi

    I am afraid that My America that was meaning a lot with American Dream is moving to meaning little with the predicted elections 2010 results that will give us some members without a small experience about how to save a country coming from economic depression. It is easy to say we know how to create jobs and cut spendings while money has been stocked and today being spent in political ads without being invested in job creators sectors. The loss of the majority for Dems in both houses even one despite their lack of common objectives being also manipulated by self interests will kill My American dream forever. We need more patience and punishing Dems after 2 years of Obama's change Administration will cost us a lot and no jobs will be created and the same song will be used for 2012. No more bellouts and what contradiction while the cables crisis in NY I hear on TV some are already asking for the government to do something. What the government can do else? Let us stop playing with the economic fire wishing to give power, then the fire to those who do not understand how the power works and we will cry looking for good firemen when they are going to burn us with what they are planning to do once elected.

    CNN has a lot to do before November 2, 2010 and thanks for what you have done so far even not enough.

    Sylvain Mbuyi, MD

    October 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  41. Dan

    A country of compassion. People can say all the negative about the United States that they want; however, whenever there is a major disaster in the world, what country is ALWAYS there, taking care of fellow human beings? IT is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and no matter who is in power (democrat or republican) I am a PROUD AMERICAN!!
    GOD Bless the USA!!!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  42. William Russell

    America means that living with a general population that has the daily operational thought processes as a 7 year old that is also socially maladjusted.
    America means that the government will lie to the people for a war of ego.
    America means that the people are so religious and intolerant, they believe that 80% of the worlds people are going to hell.
    America means that if you work hard all your life you can go to jail for health care in your golden years because your policy was misspelled and canceled.
    America means that the people eat cake every day but not with “them”.
    They’ll need the energy for the next war.
    America means a great place, were “We the people” can change these conditions by safe, legal, and binding elections.
    If the votes are counted correctly.
    Remember “It's not the votes that count. It's who counts the votes.”
    Praise Jesus and pass the ammunition.

    William Russell
    Vietnam 1966
    1st Battalion 9th Marines

    October 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  43. Karen Wolf

    Tony, my America is the land I saw torn apart by the Civil Rights movement, and healed as Minorities have moved to take their places in a democratic society. My America elected Barak Obama as President of all Americans, and he has done well, despite the hate mongers, nay sayers, and political extremists. My America protects the Free Speech of Americans, even if they criticize our President. My America seeks global peace, even when it must wage war. My America has millions of Americans striving to make the lives of our children, women, students, minorities, jobless, homeless and uninsured fellow Americans better. My America is full of promise and hope, of young people working hard to improve their potential to improve our America. My America is a place I am proud of, a place I chose to return to because my America cares about human dignity, human rights, freedom, and happiness. I love my America!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  44. Kris B

    My America is one that is supposed to be a country for the people and by the people reguardless of the color of your skin, religion, political beliefs,income, gender and sexual orientation. The freedom and rights that are supposed to be granted by all law abiding citzens are for everyone and not just rich, white, straight and christian americans.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  45. Bill Berry

    the conflict and divisiveness currently at play in this country is discusting.
    I was raised in a family that believed that what this country is about in unity within our diversity. We haven't always had a pretty history and have engaged in practices that were in some cases morally wrong, such as slavery and racial intollerance. The founding fathers argued and fought while deciding on what kind of government would work best for us as a people. The one theme that propelled American Expansion in the 19th and 20th centuries was a concept of Unity in Diversity. It was what promoted religious tollerance, was the catalist for the anti-slavery movement and helped us to grow and prosper as a nation. The country has always had divisions and differences of thought. But now we are experiencing a period of our history unlike that of our past. Over the last ten years we have seen this country nearly destroyed by an administration dominated by a wealthy elite group of individuals whose greed motivated them to support wall street over main street and whose attempt to destroy the middle class was nearly successful. What amazes me is that many middle class Americans appear to be supporting the party that almost destroyed us. Congress was originally set up to promote compromise in politics. Special interests have always had some influence on our congress but today especially thanks to the supreme court's interpretation of the 1st ammendment, we are subjected to unlimited deceptive advertising by wealthy foreign and domestic enterprises who have proved time and time again that they do not have the best interest of the United States at heart. If we are to survive as a viable country, we need to find a way to unify this country again. We need to support politicians who have the courage to step up and do what is best for the country and not the special interests. The way President Obama has been attacked and harrassed is disgusting. He has had the courage to take on the difficult problems we are facing and try to clean up the mess left by his predecessor. We need all of our politicians to exhibit the same kind of courage. If we can find a way to unify this country again and to embrace differences of opinion and tollerate differences in religious and social thinking, hopefully we can rebuild the US as that Beacon to the world that Ronald Regan fantisized about back in the Eighties.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  46. jabberjaw101

    Our own personal economic infrastructure is profoundly portrayed within the power of our wallets, and or our purses and how our credit, bank, what we’re connected to regarding work, clubs, pictures of our family/kids, fitness gyms, etc, and of course our Drivers license/identification – it’s all right there; especially in the United States of America.

    So without further aduuuuu...

    My American is my WALLET (or purse for the ladies).
    If anyone says otherwise is full of bologna...

    October 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  47. john giehl

    My America is a great country that is losing its way. Greed drives everything and we have stopped doing the right thing and instead are doing what ever makes us more wealthy or powerful. From corporations shipping jobs and the middle class off shore in the name of profits, to . The unions demanding more wages and benefits regardless of the consequences is in sane . We all need to step back take a look at this great nation and do whatever it takes to fix it. I worry about the next generation. All Americans ,democrat or republican ,politician or voter say a prayer for guidance AND DO THE RIGHT THING . God Bless America

    October 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  48. Joyce B

    America means freedom. I am thankful to have been born here; am proud we come to the aid of other nations in need; am proud of our diversity. However, having lived through WWII (here), it's distubing that there is negativity about the mosque in NYC. After WWII Americans bought Japanese cars and electronics, and German cars. Japan had sent thousands to their watery death and Germany had slaughtered our European allies. We learned during WWII how to ration even the basics, share, comfort others. It is sad that we have fallen so far on the education front and become so needy and selfish. Yet the Spirit of America is alive, we just need to give it some help. Thanks

    October 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  49. David Thelen

    Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
    Benjamin Franklin

    To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.
    Isaac Newton

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Energy and persistence conquer all things.
    Benjamin Franklin

    America is about opportunities. However to reach them it must begin with oneself. Freedom means you choose your thoughts. From this you create your emotions. Then you can change your future. However, we must stand on the shoulders of great people with wise thoughts like above. Then we may hopefully build bridges for every action we do. And not build walls around us by how things react from our poor behaviors.
    It all begins with a single thought we choose. Thank you America for the opportunities and freedom you give!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  50. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    My America no longer exist it was lost four years ago .

    October 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  51. Tiffany Payton

    America is about freedom. Freedom to be who you want to be and freedom to disrespect and insult someone else for who they are; freedom to inspire love and peace as well as freedom to inspire hatred and war. In America one has the freedom to speak out for what they believe and speak out AGAINST what they DO NOT believe, and the freedom to have access to ALL resources of education. Unless, of course, you are a minority, female, poor, homosexual, or of the non-Christian faith.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  52. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    My America Is still the greatest place to live. I wake up in the morning feeling blessed that I was born in this country even amidst all of the complaining and bickering. It sure beats living in a third world nation not knowing if I will wake up tomorrow with food eat or dying of some common disease. For those that are unhappy here they should watch the news to see how the majority of people in the world live.

    October 19, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  53. Ellen Sarns

    My America is a place where you can get actual information regarding a candidate's stand on issues. I want to vote based on facts, not ads. Everything I have managed to find so far on the internet is biased. Is there even such a thing available? If not, could you please devote some time to this subject instead of bombarding us with all of the juvenile behavior that is occuring during this election? Don't get me wrong, I love CNN, but I don't know how much longer I can watch this stuff . . .

    October 19, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  54. Kiyana

    My America is a place in which everyone blames everyone else (Government) for what's wrong in our country. Self-responsibility is sorely lacking in this country where people think they are owed something because they are American. My America is also the best place to live in the entire world because no matter our short-comings we are a nation of free people with the right to make our own destiny. If we all take responsibility for ourselves and our actions/ choices, we could be a great nation. Waiting for someone else (Government) to do something for you is not how we will be brought to greatness once again, but by accountability, hard work, self-respect, and respect for others despite their views, religious beliefs, gender, political party affiliations, or color of their skin.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  55. lili

    a very organized country,full of fat people,his men are stingy but faithful,in my country iran,men are so unfaithful,whites are racist and blacks become angry very easily

    October 19, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  56. biba

    My America is a place anyone of any color or religion can live in with peace and dignity.
    My America is a place that wants to help other countries without expecting any resources in return.
    My America is a place where politicians are acting professionally, and leaving their personnel feelings out the doors when they are about to address the American people.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  57. Andrew W.

    My America Is...a nation that has lost touch with the world around it and the world within it. It strives for more and more and never seems to give back. If it does give back, it isn't enough. We have resorted to war without restraint, diplomacy without wisdom, and prosperity without charity. I see the great blessings that God has bestowed upon us, what we do with those blessings will define who we are in the future. I'm not enthusiastic about what my America is...but, I am greatly enthusiastic and confident in what my American can be.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  58. Joe Worker

    My America is not a nice place to live. As a 48 year-old unemployed man who happens to be Gay I have faced endless employment discrimination my entire life. I have watched my adopted children be emotionally punished because they have two parents who love them and care about their future. My America is no retirement in sight because every time I get a little money put back I get laid off and have to use that money to survive. My America is a prayer that we don't lose our home I worked my whole life for. My America is coupons, marked-down items and dented can sales. My America is full of hate for me because of the way I was born...because their religion tells them I am evil, which I am not.

    My America is no longer a civil place thanks to people like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Hate and intolerance seem to be the soup d'jour. My America is not the America where I was born in 1962 full of hope and dreams for a future of my creation.

    My America is gone.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  59. Taro

    My America is not very different from Afghanistan, Iran, Japan, Korea, France, UK and all the countries in and out of the G8, Group of short, my America is a collection of people. Some good, some bad and everything in between. There is a difference between America and some other countries. My America is a bully. My America has the biggest stick on the playground and threatens to use it all the time and uses it all too frequently. My America wants people to act in a way that it cannot possibly act itself. My America doesn't trust people too much. Not their leaders, not their citizens and certainly not those who are different or share different views, but it says it does. My America is like the first crush that walked all over me, but I kept forgiving her and coming back for more. I left my America in 2003 and haven't returned since. Not because some said "love it or leave it", but because I wanted to be able to take a break from how hard it is to be an American. My America is struggling and often cannot see how serious things are now because sometimes it is just so difficult. My America is in trouble, but I have faith that she will make it through...hopefully.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  60. Jim McCallon

    My America is the world living under one roof – it is the highest ideals, the loftiest goals, and the deepest dreams of mankind for a peaceful, sane, and fair existence.

    There is nothing wrong my with America that can't be fixed, no problem too big, no hole too deep, no enemy too strong.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  61. Rich Wageman

    My America is lost in a quagmire. We have 2 political parties at opposite ends of the spectrum. No hope for them to come together in any decision that will benefit the people. Hopelessly control swings back and forth between the 2 groups at each election. Our politicians cannot make decisions for fear of losing votes. They talk about job creation but the government can do nothing about that. Any government job that is created just adds to the deficit, since no government job is productive in any way. The private sector has no comprehension of what will be in the future. What will their taxes be next year? How much will the Health Care Bill cost employers? Who would even consider hiring new employees with these questions hanging in the wind. Once the election is over, we may get some answers but I think whatever the outcome, our congress will remain dysfunctional.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  62. Eileen Bautista

    My America Is......A country where we are free, a country where we have the right to choose our religion without ridicule, where we can talk about issues without fear. America is a country where you can start out at the bottom and make it to the top. America is a country where the people we live with, work with and interact with can one day represent us in Washington. My America "is supposed to be" by the people, of the people and for the people. We need to research our candidates and know who we are voting for and why. There has been so much corruption that most people just don't care any more. They think that all politicians are dishonest and crooked. As long as I have the right to vote I will take advantage of that and hope for the best!. I still believe in "My America".

    October 19, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  63. Geoff Dubrowsky

    My America is a wasted resource known as the next generation, Using political blindness we have first created a generation where over 15% of our children under 4 have some type of lifelong disabling disease, Vaccine mandates that give 40 jabs to kids under two have destroyed the next generations auto immune systems. We have turned a blind eye on our own health the same way we have turned our back on our GNP. Catering in politics and media to the money of large pharma's and unions.

    We took a great nation and have in my 50 years of life destroyed it to a point where 90% of all kids that manage to even get to college move back with their parents after graduation. Everything is about how we will fix it but since we were blind when we broke it we are not capable of fixing anything!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  64. Nancy Calhoun (Tallahassee, Fl.)

    My America is: "Land of the free, and the home of the brave, with millions of citizens's unemployed".

    October 19, 2010 at 10:28 am |

    America's got a fever and the prescription is more cowbell!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  66. srmomo

    My America is a land of opportunity. I am a child of an immigrant and the wife of an immigrant. I was the first in my immediate family to graduate from college. My America is a place where hard work and education illuminate a pathway to prosperity for ALL people who choose to overcome their personal obstacles and pursue excellence.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  67. Mike A. Ramsey

    My America? I don't know what it is. It's people who think that our president can fill a deep economic void in two years but lose the hope of change after one year. It's people who want medical aid, for free. It's people who want to make personal decisions for other people. It's people who are focusing on creating obstacles to progress rather than bridges. It's a Doctor Seuss land of these and those but we all want it to be a land of this only.

    Confusing? Yea, join my America. We are all confused, lost and feeling a bit helpless. Hopefully we still have hope though, that's the thing America has always had. I know hope doesn't get the bills paid, but neither does complaining.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  68. Jan-OR

    I miss our countries thieving jobs and prosperity. Our government isn’t doing enough or up front with us. I view politician’s excellent blamers to their opposite party and say what American citizens like to hear in order to get our vote.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  69. Mohammed

    My America is a land of dreams , hopes and Justice . When I left my country coz of injustice and the dictator who is ruling that country for 41 years and he admits domestic and international terrorism , so when I arrived here I found the hands of the Americans were open for me and they never matter for them where I m coming from or my religion is .They treat me as a human .Seriously I m so glad for America coz I experienced what the democracy is and express my opinion when If I do that in my country I ll be hang in public space ! So American people go vote , practice and enjoy your right to do so, because there are people in the other side of the world ,they wish to do that !! and their wishes are so silent , simply because if their wishes being heard they would be killed !!THANK YOU AMERICA !!!!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  70. Adriane Honerbrink

    My America is... lost... forgotten...
    Our founding fathers built the constitution with the idea of every person in mind. They risked their life by committing treason for the sake of those living during that time and for the future of all those to come... and yet, all that they founded this beautiful, amazing country on, is lost under selfishness and the desire for ones self to get a head, instead of the desire for us ALL to get a head.
    For those that are continuing the fight for freedom, that are risking and losing their lives, that are giving of them selves, so that I may be who I am today, I thank you.
    God Bless and God Bless America.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  71. Joseph p Conwright

    America has so much to officer i will not live no where but in America. i have work hard all of my young adult life and most of my investment have paid of. i feal sorry for thoes that don't understand what they have. and out there selling there future down the drain for money. all of those calling them self's America they better take a good look at them self's the may be anti America and don't even know it. i have ben bless all of my life because i love to give to peoples that don't have. God have given me every thing that i every wonted my cup has over flora i have got to get another cup with this cup i will cast out more bread out on the waters i have live long enough to see a lot's of it coming back. i wont nothing for my self i wontn it for you when you have plenty that make me have plenty. that why the call me Olmighty jo

    October 19, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  72. Ray DiZefalo

    My America is....With the experience of my 84 years, the most geographically beautiful country in the world. It is composed of the wide diversity found worldwide. It is still sought out by people across the globe as the place to which they wish to emigrate.
    My America has been the experiment of democracy that continues to work through it's problems while making slow but sure progress towards the goal of proving that a government, "of the people, by the people and for the people", will endure beyond the pettiness of powerful, self-serving interests.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  73. S. Anderson

    MY AMERICA IS in trouble.
    Hopefully, this next election will result in leaders who are focused on jobs, the national debt, education, seniors, the plight of our war veterans, and restoring international respect for America – not on dirt-slinging, unyielding partisanship and in-party fighting, and raising taxes to fund more mindless government spending. And they need to remember that "Freedom of religion" does not mean "Freedom from religion."
    Won't someone please get us out of this mess???.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  74. JL - Ptld OR

    Have thriving jobs, prosperity and FREEDOM.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  75. jeremy, billings,MT

    My America is suffering from amnesia. If the media is correct people have forgotten how just a couple of years ago we were headed for what could have been a second great depression. And although an economic catastrophy seems to have been avoided we have forgotten what (and who) almost put us there. My America who, a couple of years ago, expected positive change to take time, is now quick to shift the blame for our woes to the current administration and government who at all fronts are met with obstructionism from the other side while being bombarded by an ongoing smear campaign from that other side since the last election. My America the great mixing pot where race doesn't matter, wants to build walls to keep others out while profiling those who look like they might have snuck in. My America likes to brag about freedom of religion, as long as you are christian. In my America, intelligence is called elitism, and we are led to believe it is better to have a half wit who seems more like the rest of us in charge than to give responsibility to those who might be smart enough to know how to use it. In my America we won't make a peep over spending billions and billions of tax payers dollars on unjustified wars, but god forbid a single tax dollar go to a program that benefits the deserving or needy in this country. In my America we hope that insurance companies, oil companies, banks, and the like can continue to rake it in at the expense of the rest of us, because that is good for the economy, and we morally oppose any regulatory measures which might hinder the abuses of rampant greed. In my America we do not buy into myths about climate change and see no need for going green; there are plenty of trees and animals and the planet is three fourths water (don't believe the hype!). In my America we know that making healthcare and education affordable and accessible to all would immediately turn us into a socialist, communist, dictator ship, and that we must resist change at all costs (buy your guns and bullets before you know who comes to take them away). My America cannot wait to return to the glory days of two or three years ago when this country was heading in such a fine direction and this election year looks to do just that.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  76. chester thomas

    My America is gone sold to the hightest bidder. Our government has sold the people to the highest bidder. Congress & Senate have made laws that have made them above the US CITIZEN. They receiver their own health care, their paid rest of their lives after one term. Their pension is secure by the tax payer. They stoled our Social Security to balance a budget they never intended to balance. Lets let the Governor of the States radify the 25th or 28th constitutional admendment that will cause all laws that are not equal to the US CITIZEN will be taken away from Congress & all Government Offices.This will make all Equal. Lets take the Pension of Government Employees and balance the budget so they can be equal to the tax payor. Lets have term limits on all government jobs so we don.t have this happen again.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  77. Melissa

    My America is not what it used to be. In such desperate economic times, public servants have morphed into narrow minded celebrities paid to spread their agenda on cable television.

    My America is not what it used to be. Such attributes as integrity, experience and dedication have been exchanged for well known endorsements and catchy sound bites.

    My America is not what it used to be. Speaking truth has been replaced with spinning facts leaving our moral compass spinning out of control.

    My America is not what it used to be. Our America is not what it should be.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  78. Susan Sherwood

    My America celebrates diversity, welcomes debate, cherishes children, abhors poverty, deplores racism,
    and encourages health care for all its inhabitants.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  79. James Davis

    My America is a great country without a compass. At one time we were a nation of producers, builders, inventors and craftsmen yet now are reduced to a nation of consumers. The overly simplistic and very popular answer to fixing our depressed economy has been to provide a better education for our young people. This would be fine except that not everyone is cut out for college. In addition there are more and more "college educated" people out there who are only able to memorize information and not think for themselves. It also doesn't take into account the growing number of older citizens who are being forced out of good paying jobs they have had for years and into the low paying retail workforce. If you want real change that will turn our country around here are some suggestions.
    (1) Term limits for public office at minimum wage, lawyers prevented from running.
    (2) Increase minimum wages for all jobs to an amount where one person working can support a family of four.
    (3) Eliminate payroll taxes on overtime after 40 hrs. and up to 50 hrs.
    (4) Address illegal immigration with an iron fist while opening up legal immigration thru simplifying the process and cutting the red tape.
    (5) Have our prison system reserved for violent offenders with no early release for good behavior and a maximum of two appeals. All other convicts to be placed on county work farms where they sleep in tents and work 10 hour days. If it's good enough for our troops its certainly good enough for criminals.
    I'm sure these are considered radical suggestions by most of you but our country was founded by people who thought outside the box. The only way we are going to get back on track as a country is to do what is considered by many as too dramatic. The time for small thinking and incremental changes has passed. We better start pushing the envelop again if we wish to remain a world power instead of a footnote in history.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  80. Todd Nuss

    My America is... currently a tough place to start a small business. The hard economic times and low consumer confidence has made it very hard to generate sales for my small business here in Kansas. I am very thankful to be apart of this great nation... yet very concearned that politicians as dumb as Sarah Palin have any ioda popularity. Have we not learned anything?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  81. steve haggstrom

    Not enough citizens speak up in America. We are afraid too. The politics in America are considered a joke to most people i know. I am in Wisconsin, where we are all over taxed and underpaid. I think we need a farmer, or a grocery store worker, or a dishwasher or maybe a garbage man to run in these elections...and by the way most people dont have any idea what a tea party is,or care. We care about eating,we care about our health,but cant afford to. And we would like to make enough money to live on!!! thank you..This is what most people care in America..We need more common men or women involved in our politics......thank you for the opportunity to speak out...Steve Haggstrom

    October 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  82. Ruben Q


    Growing up in the 50's America to me was the land of hope and dreams. As a Mexican American in Texas, what others considered the good old days were not so good for the poor latinos. in the last 10 years, fraud, greed and a recession were the topics in the news with 2007 being the start of the recession where we saw jobs being lost at a fast rate. We are now seeing the country turn around, but there is a strong element in Congress and in the United States that do not want our President to succeed. We have folks like Sarah Palin that are critical of the President without having any substance or solutions. It is amazing how so many candidates are out there being critical and destructive. The President is sincere, honest and is doing what is good for this country with the health bill, tax breaks for the middle class and small business. Sharon Angle's comments are inflamatory, Paladino is just as ignorant, O'Donald appears as ignorant as Palin. We need to not go back to the so call good old days, but rather to a new United States of America that is more concern about humanity and doing what is right for all its citizens instead of concentrating on what is good for only a few. At the moment, Corporate America should be making capital investment in our country and hiring instead of buying back stock and investing in foreign countries.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  83. Simmons

    Talk of true thing, rather of distraction on the others candidates, where are the jobs. The problem of foreclosure who are immense, the debt, the deficit, social security, and also our values are very important too, for us and for our kids.

    October 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  84. American Girl

    My favorite Presidential quote is” Ask not what you country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” My America is based upon the grounds it was built on, Hard Work (even if it is a job you feel over qualified, it’s a job and you are contributing to our country). Most Americans came to this country to make their lives better. And I’m sure they didn’t come here to collect food stamps and mooch off the other hard working Americans. I believe that there are a lot of Americans that expect handouts, why, because certain parties promote handouts and give them out like candy. Nancy Pelosi says that food stamps and unemployment insurance will grow the US economy and lift it from the recession. REALLY?!?!? People need to get back to basics and work for what they want out of life. They will appreciate life a lot more after they get out there and do their part. If the government keeps giving handouts why would anyone even what to work when they can collect free money at the end of the month? We do not need to be depending on the government to take care of us because it’s proven they are not reliable and unstable. People need to be thinking of their futures and their children’s futures and they can’t collect unemployment, food stamps ect. forever or can they?

    October 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  85. Scott Stodden

    To Me America Means Freedom For Everyone And That Includes Whites, Blacks, Democrats, Republicans, Gay, Straight Freedom For Everyone, A Country Where Everyone Can Get Along And Work Together For The Good Of The American People! We Need Bipartisanship In Washington Now!

    October 20, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  86. Adan Boyd

    MY America is not what I want it to be. My healthcare is too expensive, and I'm not even sure if this new healthcare will be there when it all goes into effect because my own party has become the party of NO. My america is bigoted and similar to countries like iran and uganda with the hatred to race and sexual orientation. My america forgot that we were formed because of religious folk fleeing from another church in England. Now, we are dealing with groups like NOM trying to fire judges for doing rulings that don't agree with their religious views.

    My america is sad. Once I get my degree, I'm headed to France, Andorra, Amsterdam, or Iceland. I would have a chance for a better american dream in a country other than the United States of America.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  87. TMD

    My America now is... my mortgage company, who is also my employer, lays me off, yet won't work with me on reorganizing my mortgage. America!

    October 20, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  88. David Brunson

    My America is a country in which every person is valued equally regardless of race, gender, religious conviction or sexual orientation! I know this sounds almost too ideal to achieve or even to aspire to achieve but one point in time so did independence!

    October 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  89. Mikki

    My America is so different from what I grew up with for the past 70+ years. It is no longer United. It is full of hate from two political sides that are tearing it apart. This nation will fall because of it and people won't know what hit them. I blame the media for helping it get to this point and it's totally scary. This past spring, while taking a nap, I took a bullet in my backside because some nuts were having a shoot out on my street. Certainly not a normal occurence, but we seem to be heading just that way. My country is beautiful. My America no longer is.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  90. william attig

    My America is Tolerance, on my first R and R home from Iraq as a 19 year old combat infantry vet in 2004. i drove down the main st in my home town of cabondale il. there was and anti war protest on one side and a pro soldier rally on the other. since then i have seen nothing but bit seperation. if you look at soem of tthese people that are running for office I think they need to take a btter look at that are great country was founded on. TOLERANCE!

    October 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  91. John Anderson

    My America is changing to suit the electorate of our Nation. The politicians that are destroying our way of life were put there by the American voters. Sadly, America is on a track to follow the ultimate failure that other great societies have suffered over history, due to apathy and greed. Todays Americans do not seem to be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to sustain our freedoms. As a veteran, I am deeply saddened!

    October 20, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  92. Ramone

    My America is a fantasy and I along with the other 15 percenters (poverty level and unemployed) don't know where to go. We have arrived at a place so unfamiliar it seems like your trapped in the Twilight Zone but you are awake, you are awake, you are awake! Yes, you have arrived and welcome to the new reality of life in the poverty lane where new comers are just now starting to find that there is no safety net, there is no United Way, Good Will or Salvation Army.

    These agencies all talk a good game to get the greenbacks out of your pocket but try to go there as an individual or as a family requesting assistance and chances are more likely that they will show you the door or refer you to yet another agency. These organizations do help people without a doubt but mostly for those that would make pretty pictures at 6 and 11 on your local news. Free propaganda and more money coming in, bank accounts overflowing until the next time pretty pictures can be had.

    But Tony...I know you won't talk about the poor, nobody does. I mean what a drag, right!

    October 20, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  93. Joyce Morrow

    My America is still a wonderful place to live. I have watched the freedom of speech being thrown all over the place by these politicians
    I wonder when they will start telling us what they are going to do about
    this mess instead of how wrong the other guy is. I just watched a gentleman named Austin Scott and the reporter ask him twice what he was going to do and he danced around telling him how bad the other guy was. Do the Republicans understand that they will, hopefully have to deliver IF THEY WIN something they have managed not to do. Did they people forget they had 8 years to do something and I don't want to hear the democrats had control of this or that you should be working for the AMERICAN PEOPLE not the party when you get elected. They do a lot of mud slinging but never have an answer for what or how to fix anything. They might end up with a Civil War If they don't start actually working

    October 20, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  94. Mathew Gelino

    My America is the grim reminder of better times. My America is a place where the big dream is now suppressed by the greed and convince of the Wal Marts, Home Depots, Banks, Insurance companies, and big business lobbies of the world. Where down towns use to be more than preserved national landmarks. And my America is a place where the rich use religion to gain support for failed economic and social agendas. Do to the obsession of instant gratification no one wants to take the time to allow my America to heal, but instead jump back in the arms of those people who give empty promises to all of us suffering. My America is broken and we need to step back and take time to allow healing and change.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  95. Karen Burgess

    My America was beautiful, safe and free! Americans were respected and our leaders lived under God's rules! Our households and neighborhoods helped one another! Everyone was equal. America was the place of hopes and dreams.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  96. Steven

    My America is loosing its grasp on reality. We have known for a long time that people all have hope for the future but when that is threatened by men or women who want to gut the Constitution and send us back to the stone age we need to stand. It is not going to be easy to move forward now and we know this but we are letting fear blind us. Fear of job loss, economic recession, a weakening central government, second rate education for our children, and here we are playing politics as usual when the country is in need of our attention. This is the time we need to pull ourselves out of the mud and not play politics, but we have certain people who only want power and won't lift a finger to help the people. This is my America loosing its pride, loosing its grasp on reality, loosing touch with itself.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  97. Mark

    My America is a place where I can feel secure within its borders and God is put first. Our laws and our government were started and based off the 10 Commandments and our Christian beliefs. My America is when the President does not alter or replace the "Pledge of Allegiance" or the "Gettysburg Address" in his speeches, avoiding the words, Under God. My America is not , "Having Taxation without Representation." My America is having a smaller Senate and House of Representatives. Why pay so many for doing so little? Save tax dollars. My America is peace of mind, safety, and opportunity for my family.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  98. .Marian Moses

    My America is a place where, even with its flaws, is still the greatest country in the world because, My America is a place that allows us the freedom to express our beliefs, negative or positive, in formats such as this! God Love & Bless America!

    October 20, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  99. Markeesha

    My america is falling apart because of greed an selfishness.
    If we cnt came together as one what makes us think that other countries care about us? We the people have to come togther an pray this is all we have..

    October 20, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  100. Chella Turnbull

    My vantage point is from Canada. As somebody who finds American politics fascinating, what is going on in this campaign is alarming. What people seem to forget is that you will be voting for your lawmakers. You are choosing the people who are going to craft your new laws. What could be more important? And to hear some of these Tea Party candidates display their lack of knowledge, ineffective preparation, lack of insight, or ability to reason – how can this be possible, how is it that these are serious candidates? I think this worrying situation speaks volumes about your political system which appears, from up here, to be broken. You are in danger of electing very unintelligent people as your lawmakers, because the current political dialogue really makes no sense.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  101. Michael Loudermilk

    My America is a place where its hard to tell politicians from criminals. My America is a place where we still fire people based on who they sleep with, a place where religious people believe they have the right to determine who can show their love through marriage. My America is a place where we still have people that think its okay to pollute and destroy our planet by burning/using fossil fuel. My America is growing, and changing, what I see now is just a chapter in the life of my America. My America is the future, a future that reaps the harvest of the seeds we are planting now.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  102. rob

    My America is a place that I love. That being said, America is going down the tubes, dwindling resources, double standards, and a socialist government are sending us straight to failure as a society. My America does not allow Politicians to be elected by skin color. My America would hold these people accountable for the lies they tell to be elected.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  103. Madinah

    My America is finish. All the damage that have been done, is going to come down on them. This is the end, America can't go any further.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  104. Therese Becker

    My America is presently in the process of giving birth to the principles it professed to hold most dear. We are in labor. The pain is great. The child could live or die in the process. For sure, we don't want to get stuck in the birth canal. If we can only keep pushing forward, I do believe that the nation where all are equal will emerge and stand as an example for the entire world to emulate. We have said what we are about in the past, and yet lived more often than not another set of values where we were pretty much for our own self and not aware of how connected our destinies are to one another. In the future, once we make it through this difficult birth, we will BE what we have always been reaching toward: one nation, under God, indivisible with freedom and justice for ALL. I will then truly LIVE in the America that holds the torch, as the beautiful lady now does in the harbor, for all to see and follow.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  105. Aggie

    Our America is in danger. A democracy cannot exist without a strong, educated, and active middle class. Greed in its many forms is killing the middle class slowly but steadily. Does the Tea Party have the answers? Absolutely not! Most of what they preach shows a shallow understanding of the facts.
    You just did a segment on foreclosures. My husband and I have finanaced several homes. I knew that real estate values should grow in proportion to the growth of wages. I warned everyone that I knew that the real estate market was doomed to collapse; wages were not increasing. I told them that the boom was being engineered by profiteers.
    The Republican and Tea Party platforms are a train speeding down a track. The engineers on the train are the very same profiteers that have caused train wrecks in the past, each one more damaging than the last. The track up ahead is broken over a deep precipice; a massive train wreck is imminent if we don't stop this train. Amazingly, huge numbers of Americans are racing to jump onto the train, again.

    October 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  106. Gaynelle

    My America that is continously addressing its past history of wrongs and trying to make corrections. I am a child of the Jim Crow era and remember Birmingham Ala in 1953 through 1965. I do not want the country to go back to that time but yet the current climate is very reflective of that era's hatred and bigotry. I have always said that I would never want to live anywhere else in the world because the U.S. is the only country where you can be born dirt poor and become a billionaire....where a child of illerate parents can become a Ph.D (like myself). The Republicans and the tea party would take us back to a time where a large majority of the population had to survive in spite of the attempts to kill them and keep them down. They want their country back. I want my country back.......the America that we have become, where a African American is President and a woman can give a credible run for the Presidency. I want an America that will take care of its soldiers and not abandon them. I want an America where all of us are truly free to pursue life, liberty and happiness without regard to gender, sexual orientation, religous beliefs and race/color. That America can be achieved but not with the Republicans or the Republicans disguised as the tea party. The crack in the liberty bell is representative, to me, of the ongoing struggle to bring this nation together. We can become a very good tossed salad. We can maintain our individual uniqueness and culture while contributing to the idea of a "melting pot"

    October 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  107. Clara L Aston

    My America is a people who open their arms to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses.
    My America is a people who respect and appreciate the diversity of their neighbors.
    My America is a people who will not tolerate the persecution of any individual or group.
    My America is a people who unite with their best, when times are at their worst.
    My America is and has always been only as strong, as brave, as noble as are her people.

    My America is vanishing.

    October 20, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  108. Alex Ackerman

    My America is a country whose citizens come from diverse backgrounds and share a common desire to, not only survive but, thrive. When unified, my America can overcome any obstacle, accomplish any goal, defeat any threat, and persevere through any difficult times. When divided, as by extreme elements within our great society or political entities seeking selfish ends, my American can be its own worst enemy. The population of my America is filled with creative, brilliant, educated, hard workers who strive for progress, not just our country but, the world at large. My America is better united, than divided.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  109. marypoppins

    ' i don't exspect cnn to post my comments because they are one of the liberal lovers.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  110. Randall Sage

    My america is: OUTSOURCED and MADE IN CHINA

    October 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  111. Paul Tanner

    My America, as I see it today, is in a downhill slide. If we do not get GOD back into our school systems and our Federal and State
    governments America will continue to fall. America needs to turn back to GOD.

    October 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  112. RodW

    My America is our future.....and true blooded Americans need to make some sense about voting for our future leaders and demand that these chosen individuals start voting around the needs of their constiuents. Currently, there is no demand for what we are producing as a country, large corporations have skimmed off all the gross profits for what they are selling....they have replaced all American products with Chinese products and there's a void in growth.

    It could be time to stop giving money to the banks and unworthy social programs and come up with a massive cash-for-clunkers program to engage the prospects of creating demand again.

    October 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  113. joseph

    my america? it's only in my mind– but it would solar pave the roads, and charge a toll. –with the money it received from this it would build high speed electric trains, which would be free to ride. freedom of movement would be a given in the free world. in my world, public servants would be just that, all the perks– home, transport, and budget, without so much pay.
    my america would have a larger more streamlined government, because health care would also be free ...a right–life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; not a profitable venture. in my america, all would be treated equally. my america wouldn't limit success, but limit the excess– the greed–the self righteousness.
    schools would teach the tenants of all world religions, philosophies, and creeds, as well as history, math, science and the arts. in my america we would be a peace maker instead of a war maker. my america is far away from the land i see. our representative government doesn't work anymore, because our representatives no longer represent us– all parties. i guess that's why the supreme joke made corporations citizens, so they could say they are following the constitution... remember animal farm? - all animals are created equal–but some animals are more equal than others.

    October 20, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  114. Lance

    My America is a place where people help one-another instead of trying to gain power over each-other. My America is a place where politicans are well-educated people. (Not people with a lot of money or an agenda that belittles certain races, religions (or the non-religious) and sexual orientation). My America doesn't seem to exist anymore thanks to biggotry and ignorance.

    October 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  115. lucille

    The report by Soledad O'Brien on the firefighter in Seattle left out the most important part.....he is brain does not work right ..he is cognitive impaired...he got up to go to the bathroom in dark and fell down an unguarded fire pole...his body was severly hurt plus his brain...the report was unfair because you didn't tell the facts...and will not work the rest of his life.

    October 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  116. Stephen Troy

    The more I see of politics, the more I think that the problem is the existence of political parties themselves. Suppose we banned political party organizations, and all candidates had to run and serve as independents. All of a sudden (a) they would have to run on their stand on the issues, and (b) a candidate would not be roped in to support a position that he and/or his constituents did not agree with, just because it was part of the overall party position. Wow, it would be possible to get agreement on some issues and get something accomplished! Parties might well have served a useful purpose in the past, but they now appear to be the main problem.

    October 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  117. Stephen Troy

    People keep asking when the US economy will recover and jobs will become available again. I think that the economy will recover, but that many of the lost jobs will never come back. This is because American industry was already undergoing structural changes, that would do away with many lower-skill jobs, but the recession made this process happen much more abruptly, through layoffs, rather than slowly through retirements and attrition. There are jobs available, but the skills required don't match the job-seekers'. Fixing this will be a long and painful process.

    October 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  118. Valeria T

    My America would be a country where no one had to worry about having a job, or a roof over their head, or getting an education, or getting decent health care, because the Government would make sure *everyone* had all those needs provided for. The basic root of all the problems we are facing today is that the Government is not doing *ENOUGH* to TAKE CARE of the. people. When we have a National Health Care system, when we have a *national* school system, when every person is assured of employment of some sort, when there is no longer the problem of homelessness because everyone has a place, then America will finally be the great country it has struggled, is struggling, to be.

    October 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  119. Vilma M. Cortes

    My America is what we did have back in the 60's, lots of jobs to choose from...specialy manufacturing( electronics) those where the days".

    I said to any one that listen ( Donal trump) Hopefully" try to reverse this one billion a week that's been spend for the war in Afganistan to U.S.A.
    and created jobs from left to right, by making all kinds of defense and high tecnology weapon and all they can think of to fight terrorist from here inside the U.S.A. stop this war and lets go high in technology so we'll know and can prevent attacks from any enemys.
    Look at the technology today. lets go beyong it and start working al over the country and go back to what used to be , every country was responsible for their present and future. regards Vilma

    October 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  120. Timothy R

    Tony, my America would be where intelligent people can see that the norm of yesterday, does not follow those who took away that life...Those that voted for change really were sheep if all they do is complain that the ship has not resurfaced, from the depths of the ocean of collapse, the Repuplican's sent us to for the last they really think that 18mnths is enough time for the President they were all behind to fix the catastrope that was there...oh shame how we fall from the lead, to the sheep ..and they complain about Barack Obamba ! at least he has not given up the my America would be a just and heroric America full of passionate people willing to lead not to follow the steps of those that will lead us to the abbiss again

    October 21, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  121. Justan P

    MY America, is a place where all minorities are equal under the law. In My America, I, a gay man, would have the option to marry my partner. I would have the option to serve for my country in the Armed Forces. I would have the option to adopt, to hold a job in my home state without being fired...I would be able to have a home/apt. in Utah without the fear of losing it because of my orientation.
    In MY America, the ridiculous Drug War would end, and marijuana legalized and taxed, while that tax money funded low-income healthcare and schools.
    Sadly, My America doesn't exist. It seems that even our 'Fierce Advocate' in the White House, whose parents would have been denied these rights, doesn't think we exist either.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  122. Lisa Mathalon


    As soon as I saw your segment "America Is.." I thought of an old Frank Sinatra song "What is America to Me?" It would make a great lead in – the words of the song are so true and might help people re-think why they came to this great country. Remember, that song was made (in part) as a response to the wave of Italian immigrants in the beginning of the 1900s. Just a though

    October 21, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  123. Conan M

    My American is supposed to be the greatest nation in the land. However, I sometimes feel that our society is far inferior to other countries because of greed, naivete, and runaway capitalism. Our citizens are uninformed and apathetic to issues that are actually pertinent to our nation.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  124. James H Egbert

    My America is.... Hurting, in doubt, in debt yr strong, full of hope, wanting change from the promise of change, wanting security of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    My America is the people I served for, fought for, bled for and pray for. My America is my home, my family, my dreams and my sorrows.

    My America is also your America... lets learn to work together to find real solutions, to end greed, end hunger and end need for the basics of life.

    My America is not an experiment, it is a promise, a gift a responsibility of each and everyone of us who call it; "MY AMERICA."

    October 21, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  125. Clara

    My America is a place where freedom really rings,where there is no divide,like racism, prejudice nor hate. My America is made of Love.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  126. marcia

    My American is...still a land of opportunity where a poor Jamaican native can become a naturalized citizen and take advantage of the good things this country has offered. God has blessed me to accomplish more in this country than could ever have be achieved in my homeland.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  127. HillClimber

    My America Is Overrun with illegal aliens and that is depriving Americans the right to the best education possible. Our Supreme Court has ruled that if illegal aliens are in the country then we must educate them. To assure that American children receive the best education by keeping the classes as small as possible, that classes are not disrupted by the needs of non-English speaking persons, that jobs needed to support those children have not been subverted by illegals working here illegally, we must demand immigration reform begin with the mass deportation of illegal aliens. We must begin now to rid the United States of these illegal aliens and take every necessary and available step to stop access to or continued presence of illegal aliens. Immigration is over in the United States and we must make it so.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  128. Amy Debassige

    My America is a place where people sell their food stamps for diaper money. The mailman is delivering shut-off notices at an alarming rate. The repo men are looking for our cars. The kids are worried about whether they will have a place to live next month. The Dad's don't have anywhere to go during the day, but to help a neighbor get gas for their generator. America is a place where sooner or later the top %5 are not going to be safe at the ATM machines.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  129. Hugh

    Tony, My America is in trouble. Our moral values, like honesty, integrity and sexuality have eroded beyond belief. Our political system no longer serves the people. Our government is out of control and would be run better and more efficiently with a private company.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  130. Ryan

    My America is a place where politicians would rather bash each other, instead of figuring out what the true americains want, and face the unsettling questions. Where the education system is on a steady decline, falling against other countries, along with college tuition steadily rising each year. My America is taking my taxes for my home to implement an universal healthcare system. Where has America gone? Where is the Truth? Where is the Transparency?

    October 21, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  131. Lawrence Turner

    My America has disappeared. My America focused on the American people. America today focuses on the corporation. The mantra today that resonates is what is good for the corporation is good for the American people. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The corporation is a group of shareholders concerned with their own good that externalizes their costs to the determent of the American people. The motto of America today is "Profits before People." My America is dead killed by the corporate plutocrats that now run America.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  132. John H

    My America is redemption. 6 years ago my life revolved around drugs, guns, and all that is wrong in society. I'm a convicted felon for my mistakes, all I take responsibility for and am truly sorry. My America is a family that took me back from the brink and jailhouse to learning what my purpose is. That's being a Chef and I'll never waiver or retreat to a lifestyle that WILL end my life. Thank you America for letting dumb boy become a man and redeem a life.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  133. ADAM MOTE

    My America is...
    A society that is supposed to be better than any other society.
    We are supposed to have freedom to choose our path in life.
    My america has been fraught with medical bills and sky rocketing unemployment.
    My America is a society confused about priorities of moral turpitude rather than individual freedoms.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  134. Steve

    My America is.......What freedom is. I love this country. Being able to see this country for its beauty from coast to coast is a marvel within itself. This country was built on American ingenuity, by people who lived and died for causes that affect all of us to this very day. I wake up in America every day knowing I can make a difference in not only my community but in my country if I so choose because of my ability to be free to make those choices. Nothing is impossible in this country. America means more than just its people. It means more than just the economy, it means more than differences in government. WE ARE AMERICA!!! AMERICA IS US!!

    October 21, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  135. denise S

    My America is kind and thoughtful. It does not discriminate. It reseaches the truth in politics. It doesn't elect unintelligent ignorant people to represent it. My America picks up the weak to make them stronger because this is the way we were supposed to have been raised. Because this is what they did in the early 1900's when we were all immigiants. It doesn't have greed and anger that divides it. It doesn't lie about an affiliation to the republican party by calling itself tea party. It doesn't lie about being a wolf in sheep's clothing. It doens't lie about where it gets its money for a campaign so that the transparency talked about having in washington won't ever exist.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  136. michael good

    my america changed when i went to viet nam in 1967...i left 'leave it to beaver' and returned to 'all in the family'....i left the beachboys and returned to jimmie america doesen't exist in peace mrs. cleaver....

    October 21, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  137. Odessa Maxwell

    My America is a country that was created for religious freedom; however, WE lump all Muslims into the group of terrorists. My America is a country in which freedom of speech is granted to all; freedom of speech is even granted to citizens to desecrate the ceremony and memory of a fallen veteran but not to be charged with disturbing the peace. My America is a country based upon values yet veterans are homeless and cover-ups of incredible crimes still exist. My America is a country that prides itself in capitalism; however, is it really a monopoly of big business alliances that leave no room for small, disadvantanged businesses. However, it is my belief that change will occur and that My America will see that change is needed and will embrace its founding values that made My America so great. I hope I will live to see it because I have finally seen the first African American president!

    October 21, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  138. Steven Anthony Rowland

    My america is, completly different than what I expected it to be. Raised to believe that if you work hard you will get what you need. Working 40 hours a week barely pays for the insurance I supposedly need. Work 80 hours a week I still won't be able to afford even basic needs. A dream of a fair life is just a fairy tell dream. Reality sets in there are those who don't have food to eat. Why do political problems even matter, weather or not I vote, won't save kids or people from starving to death. How can I expect voting is going to solve any problems, enough resources to feed everyone on this planet we pay farmers not to produce all they can, just so someone can stay rich well above their means. If we can't keep people and children from starving to death, how can it be expected that any other problems be solved..

    October 21, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  139. amiram kolizky

    my america is; buy made in u.s.a, it will create jobs and halp the economt.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  140. Scott Staton

    My America is broke. From where I am standing I see more storefronts shut then grand opening signs. I am an unemployed architect here in the Hudson Valley New York. If Wall Streeters arent spending then I am out of work. I take comfort in the fact that we are all in this together.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  141. Sharon McKinney

    My America Is the best country in the world regardless of its current condition.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  142. Travis P Flannigan

    My America Is – a place full of dreams, My America Is a place with so many opportunities, those dreams can happen. With that being true, we collectively are able to have infinite hope.

    The land we share is so endless and beautiful, a lifetime can never see all of it.

    We can continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, with our dreams, opportunities, beauty and most importantly our hope.

    My America Is – Miraculous

    Travis P Flannigan, Denver

    October 21, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  143. Mikey

    My America wants taxcuts for the richest of the rich,while schools and roads are crumbling.
    My America does not believe anybody in America gets healthcare. If you are twelve yrs old and get hit by a car , your father does not have health insurance, let him lay.
    In my America, I think Social Security should be privitzed it is a saftey net and the corporations need not support it.
    In my America we should not regulate the banking or Wall st. people even though we guarentee the money with FDIC.
    My America spends all of it wealth occupying other countries, nailing our religon and version of democracy on their feet.
    My America borrows from China for the tax cuts and the wars, and repays them by giving our jobs away. In my America politicians go into office wealthy and leave office millionaires.

    October 21, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  144. tony cotto

    my america, desptite the fact that the tea party came out when obama was president for only 32 days, and even then they were waiting for funding from the republians party. how can i i vote for a party that will not give the president a fair chance. they said that they want to stop governments spending, but what i hear is we have to stop helping the sick and the poor. wqe need jobs for the people so they can taxs us to help the weak,the sick and the poor. why should i vote for a replicans when they only look out for the rich while they ignore the poor and working class.

    October 21, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  145. Shirley Williams

    My America is" A place where I don't have to live in fear. Where I don't always have to be labeled or put on a back burner. Nor defined by disabilities. My America is a place where I can live with the least things to worry about. Where I as a slow learner can inspire to be more than a person with a handicap of any form. To be given opportunities like anyone else and never to be put down because of race, creed, or opinions. A place where there is no violence and where we all can get along. Where I can achieve the what can't be "dones" and break the chains that binds us. My America is what the founders set out for. My America is true freedom for all.

    October 21, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  146. Gary

    My America is firmly anchored in the mainstream of the life and politics of this country. The ancient Greeks had a saying, "Mayden agan" or "Nothing too much." I do not believe that it is wise, as a general rule, to stray too far to the left or right. To that end, I would like to see a third political party that is devoted to representing the interests of the middle class. An appropriate name for it would be the "American Mainstream Party" or "AMP" for short (as in "amp up the vote").

    This country desperately needs a party that is devoted to moderation in all aspects of American life. For example, I believe that the slogan of conservatives that government is the root of all our problems and that we should starve it to death by cutting off all tax revenue is just dead wrong. Likewise, overtaxing the people for unnecessary pork barrel projects is no solution to the country's problems. In recent decades, America has gone back and forth between extremes of overtaxation that threatens to bankrupt the populace and undertaxation that is now in the process of bankrupting the country.

    What I would like to see is for America to have a discussion about identifying the governmental functions that are generally accepted as essential for maintaining the quality of life we all seek. Then we should find the right levels and sources of funding for those functions, and Congress should implement them. We need to adopt the "Goldilocks" principle of taxation, i.e., always seek to find levels of taxation that are not too high, not too low, but "just right" to accomplish the things that need to be done.

    I believe that a political party dedicated to moderation and good governance woud be widely accepted by the American people as the right way to run the country. The Republican (including Tea Partiers) and Democratic Parties would soon be relegated to the fringes of the political landscape.

    October 21, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  147. Nick Beck

    My America as a retired Veteran is trying to experiencing all of the hatred from the Tea Party and the Republican Right Wingers and not understanding their extreme Homophobic reactions.

    October 21, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  148. david s

    my America is full of citizens fed up with corrupt, Lying, cheating politicians. We are sick of transparency not being transparent. We the people want our agenda to be taken care of, not the politicians. What happened to America? we are supposed to be an English speaking christian nation, not 1 for English 2 for Spanish and Mosques on the corner. I bet our forefathers are rolling in their graves.

    October 21, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  149. Christopher C. Gagliardi

    I am a 29 year old advocate for the physically and mentally challenged who is challenging the issues we are all facing today which are civil, educational, human rights for those who have physical or mental challenge. I have been absolutely fortunate to have had many blessings and love and support from every single person in my life at a time when people looked down on people with autism or shunned them because society couldn't accept them.

    The current issue we the youth of america face in society today is what is not seen or talked about, the recent events of youth taking their own lives as a result of bullying is very heartbreaking. But I also know that there are survivors of bullying who transformed the circumstances despite being bullied or harmed or whatever because of the prefrence of gender, religion, etc. Is amazing. I am living proof of this. I am a motivational speaker, I work at a coffee shop and I have worked there for almost 9 years and now I am a advocate on two fronts. I had the historic opportunity last year to be the first person on the ballot who has autism as far as I was concerned to run for a political office. Even though I didn't win, I had triumphed because I refused to accept surrender and refused to quit.

    If you are wondering what my america is...It is this:

    My america is...a place where people who have challenges or not, can rise to the occassion and be celebrated for their contributions, and not limitations. My america is a place where humanity can transform the darkest of circumstances into a great light of hope and love for all, My america is where familes, no matter who they are or how different we are, can be strong to support each other. My america is where we can end the dark nights of distrust to a brighter dawn for all to see. That is what my america is all about. One more thing about what my America is...

    It is "The people's place" to live in harmony and joy and full of life and hope so that they can be examples to those who need a voice to stand up in the world!

    October 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  150. Eszter Csibi

    I love this country. I don't know how it feels like to born here. I don't know how it feels like to speak English as birth language. What I know for sure is that this country is the one and only leader of the entire humanity in the world. A true pioneer in all walks of life. Therefore it makes mistakes. But that's how it grows.
    It is always true to its heart, that all men created equal – equal in certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happYness. America is YOU Americans and WE who love YOU and believe in YOU.
    I want this country to love me back.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:41 am |
  151. Jason

    My America has now become a hand out nation.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  152. Nancy

    My America is still a beautiful land of creative and fascinating people with boundless energy and hope for a better future for their children. We struggle and suffer, but are blessed with great traditions, with the promise of new ideas and new citizens, and the strength of our people to overcome anything in the long run.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  153. Jennifer Norris

    My America is an embarrassment. I am a 46 year old lesbian who still has no civil rights. I am a woman who is still discriminated against for being a woman and have been hazed in the work place for my gender throughout my life.
    My America is a complete failure.
    I now live in Mexico so that I may obtain affordable health care and live with kind people.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  154. David Chapman

    My America is supposed to be a place that is great and has good economics and good businesses etc. but as far as I can tell a country is in a state of aftershock. saying that because that we have not fully recovered from our economic problems from a year a go. people are still unemployed and until that group of people who where laid off or "fired" are rehired. We will not have fully recovered.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  155. John H

    My America is now become a joke....and it all starts in D.C. Being in Congress is no longer about the people, its about getting things done to satisfy my party supporters ( whoever pads my pocket the most ).....shouldn't being in the House be a Honor to a take care of the people you represent....forget the party crapt, lets do what's best for everybody !

    October 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  156. Ojama

    My America is optimistic and self reliant, we are facing though times economically, socially and we should maintain our sanity.... My America is a beautiful flower.


    October 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  157. Carolyn Dimmick

    My America is NOT the place I grew up. My America is no longer accepting of ALL people no matter race, creed, sexual orientation, religion or color. My America is now inclusive ONLY of those who are white, wealthy, and christian. My America is no longer a democracy but is slowly becoming a theocracy and that is sad...REALLY sad, because this country used to be great. Wouldn't it be nice if it could be great and a place for dreams to come true again?

    October 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  158. Vanessa

    My America is discriminating. I come from a family that is very diverse by actions, beliefs and most importantly different ethnic backgrounds. We live in a fun filled enviornment when we are together but out in the public I see people discriminate those that are dear. I wish that My America could open their eyes a bit more and accept that we are all differerent.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  159. Varun

    My America is a country which continues to endure as it has done for centuries. I take pride in being an "American by Choice" not birth and have a deep gratitude for this nation.
    My America is a Dream that still lives on today in the hearts of the next generation. We are a people who have fallen on hard times but must look to our past for hope and see that we have endured the worst of conflicts with an innate faith that a better day will come. My fellow Americans, that day is on the horizon. Just believe in it.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  160. Calvin B

    Hey Tony,

    My america seems to be treading backwards from the brink of sanity. As I look around I begin to see that in our country everyone's common sense is not the same. And as long as we have inequality, unfairness and injustice we as a nation continue to promote just that.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  161. Jeff Cruze

    I am so ashamed to be considered an "American" today. We have more criminals running our government than Iraq. I wish someone would give me some money so I can leave this Country.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  162. Jennifer

    My America is.... turning into a cesspool of fear, hate, & bigotry. Or at least that's how it seems. I feel it is becoming a place where free speech and the exchange of ideas are being traded for name calling and fear mongering. Where our leaders are more interested in placing blame than working toward solutions to the problems the country is facing. I can only hope it is NOT a place where the majority believes the lies or becomes too afraid to seek the truth.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  163. Luke Ciotta

    My America is a once gleaming country, now being fueled by greed, hate, and hypocrisy. A country where a possible future Presidential candidate has their own reality show, but can't put together a speech without countless grammatical errors. A country where young homosexual men as young as 13 are taking their own lives because gutless cowards hide behind the cover of a computer screen to spew a barrage of hateful messages to them. A country where spending money on oil is more important than spending it on education. A country where a "Christian" leader threatens to burn the Holy Book of another religion to promote hatred. A country run on ignorance fear of change. But also a country with some of the most open minded young people I have ever had the pleasure of growing up around. We'll make this a better America when people start to regain their peripherals and stop looking in one direction.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  164. Joey

    My America is not what or where it should be Today!
    My American Citizens continue to fight with one another while we are currently fighting a War TODAY.
    Our America should realize that we All Bleed Red, Equality is way overdue. My America has voted there way to where we are today!
    My America has me upset, the average high school student know more about Michael Jackson than the War we are involved in. I am Proud to be and American but want our freedom back and control.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  165. Shawna

    My America is a country that use to be the leader in education, humanity, and democracy. As a country we have stepped off the path our founding fathers and Americans started this country on. Our leading parties are too busy arguing their differences they have lost the ability to work together to achieve greatness. However, just as we did after lost times such as the civil war, my America has the ability to regroup, come together and rebuild a better future for all Americans regardless of their race, religious belief, or financial standing. My America just needs to remember what works for one doesn't work for another and only in America can that be ok.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  166. ken brown

    My America is...
    A neighbor with a jerrymongered congress and no common sense campain finance laws.
    A nation best describe by it's own president as being consumed by
    " guns and bibles".
    A century behind the rest of the western world in delivering health care to it's citizens.
    I can go on, but to the point...
    As a Canadian my America is scary

    October 22, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  167. Joey

    Sad to Say:
    My American Politicians need to stop scratching the oppositions Back or owe them a vote because they supported your Bill.

    October 22, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  168. C Benton

    My America is...looking for it's way again. It seems in this election cycle we are seeing the worst of what we can be. No matter what your political ideology thankfully, this is a country where our elected representatives are elected "by the people". If you don't like how things are, VOTE! Instead of being hateful & spiteful, how about looking at what we ALL have in common (taxes, health care, education, unemployment), and come up with a way to work together to fix it. Not "my way" or "your way", Dems or Repubs, but all of America. I know, a radical idea...

    October 22, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  169. Dante DeQuiroz

    My America is the boy with the biggest biceps and heart muscles in the playgorund. My country is now besieged by the world it helped globalized often reacting with great discomfort and indignition to the new challenges. We are still the big blessed kid in the park that we now have to share with the global neighborhood. Let's learn to play with and get along using the muscles of the heart to heal and the muscles of the arm to help.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  170. misterheath

    Partied due to manufactured consent!

    October 22, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  171. Joanne Ashby

    My America is not called America. It is called the United States of America. And it would be United.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  172. David

    My America is a place of change. A place on the verge of once again being leaders of this free world by accepting every human being regardless of sexualy orientation or race. My America will hopefully in my lifetime grant the same rights to every citizen that our soldiers continue to fight and die for..

    October 22, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  173. Robert Rule

    My america is a hostage of the corporate elite who is destroying our economy by design!

    October 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  174. james till

    My america is going to greed rich are getting richer poor are getting poorer c,e o,s sport players movie stars are makeing millions .we should go back to the 60,s and 70,s I did better makeing 135.00 aweek than 800.oo a week now. What will our grand kids have to pay for a house a car and food How high will prices go befor you cant do anything,

    October 22, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  175. Ryan

    My America Is,
    The same as it has always been. America has not changed, it has always been about money over all else.
    America is a country where to succeed one must become successful in the white man's world and forget about their ancestors and culture and assimiliate into American society.
    America is destruction. It has destroyed the earth it was created upon and has left behind pollution and cancer. The land is as polluted as the people's minds who run America.
    My America is not my America at all, it is rather a land occupied by foreign investors seeking to become rich by suppressing the minds, spirits and culture of those not wealthy.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  176. Tony

    Hi Tony, I tune in to you show all week. (My America is: Standing behind and supporting any Republican or Democrat president presently in office.

    If we vote against him to break up his governing power, we not only bring our country to a lame duck stand still and a three ring circus.

    The whole world will see us as weak and encourage the enemy to plot against us.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  177. robert rosia

    My America Is ... A Congress That Works For The Interest Of We The People, The People That Pay Them,(Not Their Own Interest). A White House With Out Barack Obama and Joe Obiden And Michelle Obama That Can Spend Our Money With The Best Of Them. A Country That We The People Come First With Our Jobs.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  178. Claude

    My America is becoming extincted!!!

    The America that I have known,loved and lived in, has always had room for many opinions and ideas-today not so much!! America was one of the best countries in the world and has been the leader in new technology, but today we are lagging behind.

    We blame both political parties for the problems, but we can't see that it is truly our own fault. We have quit researching the people running and keep voting in the wrong people, from both parties. The Leader's (both parties) have rejected what the majority want and are forcing the country to become divided. Therefore, we are fast approaching and are no longer– The United States of America, but the Divided States of America.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  179. gail

    For me, my America's spirit was once spoken of:

    "So let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal. "

    October 22, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  180. Bob in New Jersey

    My America Is: A once TRULY great country driven by universal principles of Truth, Freedom and Equality for all now being eviscerated by a greedy few that seek profit over purpose and a populace that has been frightened into an "Us and Them" mentality and forfeiting their basic freedoms to gain an albeit false sense of security. To regain the moral high ground on the world stage we must first master our greed and ideogical extremism and return to the principles that made us the greatest nation in the history of the planet.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  181. Lucas Parry

    My America is a sad and angry place. My America is a place that hides behind a facade of freedom, liberty, and justice, while denying people their basic rights as a human being. My America is a place so stubborn and set in its ways that it refuses to grant its population access to universal health care. It is a place that touts its freedom, but hate crimes, bigotry, and intimidation are still too common. It is a place that puts money before well-being. My America is a place that is so completely distracted by "The Games of the Circus" that true public discourse and government involvement is an impossibility. My America is gluttonous, wasteful, ignorant, and polluting. Yet, we send America's children off to war to "protect" this way of life, then we stomp on those that don't support it. My America embraces bullying, violence, stupidity, and laziness. I fear what my America will become if this path continues, and what my children will be subjected to if this doesn't change. That is my sad, angry America.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  182. Mark Hershey

    My America is...
    a country that once was of the people,by the people, and for the people. Now, the Supreme Court has made it the country which is of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation!
    Your vote is only worth the politician the corporations bought for you to vote for!

    October 22, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  183. Ian Charman

    My America no longer exists.
    I was impressed beyond words with the America I fell in love with when I came here to attend flight school in 1978. I was honored and proud to take the oath of allegiance and become a U.S. Citizen in 1986. Since then I have had to watch politicians, attorneys, and large corporations rape my America with greed and dishonesty. The have thrown away the common concepts of good & bad, right & wrong, and replaced them with the question "what can I get away with?".
    I only hope, for the sake of future generations, that "My America" will return in all it's glory in the very near future.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  184. Tom Price

    My America is poor, angry, and tired of playing second to special interests . It’s clear that our federal officials no longer work for its people. Big business has swallowed this nation from inside out. It’s a result of policies and deregulation standards that began their implementation scores ago, with a set it and forget attitude. Had our public officials been doing their JOBS of reviewing policies and procedures, it would’ve been clear YEARS ago this where we would end up. Our officials have never been held accountable and they have sadly failed its people.

    In the real world where I live, if I tell my employer I can perform a task and I don’t come through, I’m held accountable. I would expect to be released from my duties if this became a common practice. Why are our officials not held to this same standard? Why is it okay for them to not to deliver what they promise us without repercussions?

    To bring back the America we all love, big business MUST to be removed from Washington and any elected officials found working for/doing favors/taking money from such private sector corporations needs to be removed from their duties, as they are no longer working in the masses best interest.

    P.S. I am not against business big or small, but businesses special interests do NOT have a place amongst the citizens’ best interests.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  185. Betsy L. Angert

    In my America, or at least the one I envision, no one will claim that they have an America, or that their country is defined by a personal definition. In the motherland that belongs to each of us, no one child is loved or appreciated more than another. In the eyes of this terrain, all men, women, and children are created equal. Here, being the territory so many of us call home, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” That is the creed of the land. These principles are the essence of the country I love. No one person owns this nation. Thus, for me, there is no “My America.” It is ours. The intent is to share it equally, with reverence for all.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  186. diane scheeler

    my america has come along ways from what it used to be
    and there is no direction. Everyone is running around like
    the little dutchboy poking his finger into the dyke to stop the dam
    from breaking. i voted for mr. obama. i think we should give him
    a chance and work with him. to much mudslinging. let's get back
    to focussing on what america is, and the good we are capable of...

    October 22, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  187. Donald English

    My America is – Home, a place where I feel happy and safe. A country born of the simple idea that all men are created equal and posess the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A country where the government is accountable to its citizens (Key word – Citizens). A country who's laws are written in language that the average citizen can understand. A country that manages its national resources effectively. A country that empowers its citizens and gives them the ability and authority to educate and protect themselves. A respected country with a strong and effective military, empowered to decisively win and end wars. A country with secure borders. A country with a government that benefits its citizens rather than the politicians in power.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  188. judy day

    "My America is" great because we have helped each other succeed. My sadness is that we are losing our memories, our hearts, and our conscience, which could not be the best for any of us.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  189. darren kruzan

    My America is one where the handicapped are often locked away in nursing homes against their will, and forbidden the freedoms of
    life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ,Not even allowed to st outside by themselves, or have a smoke whenever they want instead
    of being intergrated into society..

    Where iis CNN on this story?

    October 23, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  190. Eric Silveira

    MY AMERICA is:-
    For thousands of years the home of the braves,
    Then it became a dungeon for slaves,
    Now it's become the home of the cheat,
    The drug-addicted dead-beat,
    And the insatiable vampires on Wall Street.

    October 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm |