America isn’t perfect, but we love this country

America isn’t perfect, but we love this country

A recent poll shows that 71% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track.

Trust in many of the institutions in our society, from the government to our schools, to the media, is underwater.

Meanwhile, extremes on both sides of the political spectrum want to redefine the soul of the nation. Some groups try to whitewash unpleasant parts of our history, or claim that certain groups of people shouldn’t be welcome. Others want to paint America as an irredeemably evil nation built on the back of discrimination and bigotry.

But these blinkered views of our history don’t capture what America is truly about. We are a nation of constant change, committed to certain enduring principles like freedom and equality while working tirelessly to create a more perfect union. America is a unique project in the history of humanity, a nation of people of varied races, religions and perspectives working together to build something that lives up to the lofty ideals of the nation’s founders.

The road to a more perfect Union isn’t a smooth one, and America has dark episodes in our history. But what carries forward is the love we have for the ideal of America, and the belief that things can, and will, get better if we work together to make them so. That belief inspired people to create this Union and to preserve it during the Civil War and millions more to fight for equal rights for all Americans.

Carl Schulz, the first German-born American to serve in the United States Senate, summed it up perfectly:

“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.”

Loving your country no matter what, while wanting it to be the best it can be. That’s the patriotism that keeps Americans together, through thick and thin.

That belief is what drives us at No Labels. We know America isn’t perfect. But we wouldn’t leave it for any other place.

That’s why we are working every day in Washington to be a voice for Americans who don’t lose sight of the big picture, who want to move the country forward together towards a better future, rather than obsess over our flaws.

If you love America, even if it isn’t perfect, join the No Labels movement today.