im really kinda nervous about writing a blog because i dont feel like my opinion should mean any more than someone elses. with that being said i would like to share a website with you that is startling to say the least. its www.myamericalives.com. i think as the people whose country this is we have a right to know the truth. whether you are a liberal(uggh) a liberatarian, or conservative there is no argueing that we are lucky and blessed to have this place to call our home. it truely saddens me to hear the way people talk about this country. it infuriates me to watch us time after time year after year put these corrupt,power hungry,bought and paid for puppets in charge of that which we take for granted every single day and then we complain about it while they suck us dry with overtaxation and over-regulation of our small businesses and our corporations in order to fund their own agendas wether they are in americas best interests or not. we have allowed our public servants to become elitists. we complain about the best healthcare in the world. people from everywhere travel here daily for our doctors and hospitals. we complain about taxes when we allow welfare to be abused to the extent it is,when we allow the government to keep growing and spending more of our money. we allow people to come here without going through the same process our families had to go through in order to be a citizen of this country. they take from the system and reap the benefits of the system without being a part of it. ALL OF THIS WE ALLOW. maybe if american history was still required in this completely fucked, government controlled education system we have, we would be a little more aware of what took place over the last 300 and some odd years for this to be our home. the "change" we all seek is not barrack we're fucked obama, its been right under our noses the entire time.......its called THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ...hundreds of thousands of good selfless men and women have died protecting that document in the name of country and honor. what has happened to us........ we are afraid of work, afraid to fight, afraid to stand up and be proud of a country that our american ancestors, our blood, died to preserve. i have traveled all over the world and seen many cultures and many different systems of government and there is no place on this earth that i would rather call home than this golden land of opportunity that is the USA......i think dorothy said it best "there's no place like home" and i couldnt agree more. i am the american dream. i grew up in a trailer park just outside castleton VT. i came from( just getting by) lower middle class america and was given an opportunity that has snowballed into this. im no different than any one of you and could have been any one of you. i am america italian welsh english german russian and polish......can you say melting pot. throw irish and french in there for my daughters and thats about as "american" as you can get. i love this country and long to see us all pull together as one people......black white yellow orange green red purple aquamarine magenta.........americans. im proud to an american......are you?

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Comment by Seriniti Brown a.k.a SFFL on April 13, 2014 at 2:27pm

Damn straight. I'm proud

Comment by josh wilcox on April 23, 2011 at 7:32pm
Great blog brother! I will def check out the new site. Thanks
Comment by Casey James on May 13, 2010 at 7:55pm
You should do a much better staind version of that God bless the USA, proud to be an american song... that shit would be fucking amazing.
Comment by Kenny on December 31, 2009 at 12:51am
I don't think you could have said it any better! I love this country and that is why I am joining the ARMY. I don't understand how people can't see the big picture. The person who is running this country wants the Government to run our lives and make our decisions for us. So how does that make us free? The Government needs to get the fuck out of our lives and let us make our own decisions. This isnt a Communist country!
Comment by stacy davis on October 16, 2009 at 6:14pm
I am proud to be an american! I was enlisted in the USAF and was discharged for medical reasons (severe bee sting allergy - I know sounds rediculous!) but anyway, I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself, and unfortuately was not able to. But every day, I fly the american flag outside my house because I am 100% american and proud of it! I absoolutely agree with the everything you said. As a matter of fact, that should probably be my first tattoo... :)
Comment by Cindy on May 22, 2009 at 11:44pm
Well we had a very deep conversation about this very subject on the bus with you, and you know I completely agree with everything you had to say. It's easy to say you are proud to be an American.. it's totally another thing to live your life day by day by those same words. To work hard to make this country as great as it can be!
Comment by Greg Kolbenschlag on March 15, 2009 at 8:43am
I don't usually like it when musicians, actors, or high profile stars of any kind, use their celebrity as a political platform. Having said that, I completely agree with your point of view, and I think it comes from a place. Growing up in a Trailer home in VT, dealing with a childhood that wasn't necessarily spectacular, and coming out of it on the other side is certainly worthy of admiration and respect. And I know a good number of people begin to resent artists who have big record sales like you guys did with Break The Cycle, and labeled you as a sell-out.(which I hate that label) But let's face the fact of the matter, had Staind not had all that success and exposure with that record, none of us would be on this web-site networking with each other socially!
Comment by Brian on March 8, 2009 at 5:38pm
StAiNdNy - Total Coalition casualty's for Desert Shield/Storm was 358. 190 were from engaging in combat. The rest of the 358 were from frendly fire/accidents. I know because I was there. And yes, I'm proud to be an American after 23 years of defending that piece of paper as well as the Constitution. Everyone needs to remember that WE THE PEOPLE can have an effect on change. As Aaron said, it's not going to come in a good way in the shape of "barrack we're fucked obama", but yet because of his charisma, promise of that change and smooth talk, the younger generation of today voted him into office. What good change have we seen so far? Is adding over a trillion $ to the national debt good change? THATS 1,000,000,000!!!!! You guys and your children, and your grandchildren are going to have to pay that back...and that's a very very sad thought to have in my head.
Comment by hybriddysfunction on March 5, 2009 at 12:44am
hell yeah I am proud to be an american!
Comment by Stacie Siegel on March 2, 2009 at 8:17pm
What you said many people can relate to. We do live in a great country, where many opportunities are possible. you're right, in a way, i believe that some people feel that their opinions and feelings about issues are the right ones and best ones, and they're the ones that speak out and want others to follow them. I think that some people believe that their way of life is better than others. Just because it is different does not mean it's better. There are many negative actions taken by leaders of other countries, but I believe some of our people do not choose the right actions. Certain people are going to have prejudices about other people. About health care, while it is great, the costs are rising and hopefully it doesn't get to the point where it is out of reach of the people who have to foot the bill themselves. Hopefully, the health care will be more affordable to people. There are people out there that have to chose what bills to pay and whether to get food or medications. In times of economic trouble, crime and all that tend to rise too. I believe you are right. People have gotten complacent or feel hopeless about the current state of affairs. Being in education, you deal with these people daily. Certain parents complain about everything. If they want the best for their children who are the future of America, I believe they should want the best education possible, which it seems like they do, but will complain if their children are bringing home too much homework, because, they want their children to have a social life or be in many different activities. But really knowledge and education is power. If you find your passion go for it!! The opportunities are here, but people need to stop thinking that you can get something for nothing. Some people are not willing to work, and if they are not willing to work and practice to become good at something, I don't know what they are hoping for the future. There should be more emphasis placed on history in the classroom, no doubt, because we should not keep reliving the same mistakes over and over again. Seriously, Aaron, you say it best in your songs!! You have the most relevant and most relatable lyrics of anyone out there. Thank you for coming to the Carolinas!!

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