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July may be the “pride” month that really counts. Then again, too many people don’t even know what they’re proud of or not proud of.

As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, their pride in the U.S. has hit its lowest point since Gallup’s first measurement in 2001. While 70% of U.S. adults overall say they are proud to be Americans, this includes fewer than half (45%) who are “extremely” proud, marking the second consecutive year that this reading is below the majority level. Democrats continue to lag far behind Republicans in expressing extreme pride in the U.S.

These findings are explored further with new measurements of the public’s pride in eight aspects of U.S. government and society. American scientific achievements, military and culture/arts engender the most pride, while the U.S. political system and health and welfare system garner the least.

Decreasing Percentage in U.S. Are Extremely Proud to Be American

U.S. adults’ extreme pride in being American has been steadily weakening in recent years, and the current reading, from a June 3-16 Gallup poll, marks the lowest point to date. However, the latest two-percentage-point decline from last year’s 47% is not a statistically significant change.

The highest readings on the measure, 69% and 70%, were between 2002 and 2004, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when the American public expressed high levels of patriotism and rallied around the U.S. government. Yet, since the start of George W. Bush’s second presidential term in 2005, fewer than 60% of Americans have expressed extreme pride in being American.

Semantics are fine and dandy. There is a difference. America is the home nation of the AMERICANS, a distinct people with a distinct heritage and culture. The US was merely a collection of American States before it turned into a usurping, omnipresent Empire, replete with NOT Americans. The number of literal Americans in America (or the US) is probably less than 45% of the population at this point. It is certainly below the 70% figure.

The idiots and the BBQs of Thursday aside, where is all this headed? We’ll find out in the next, exciting TPC column.