Special thanks to Caitlin Curtis
Special thanks to Caitlin Curtis
Epistemology is the study of knowledge. It has been a common topic among philosophers for thousands of years. While there has never been a conclusive proof that any specific theory is correct modern epistemology has a new layer which was not foreseen by pre-20th century philosophers.
Epistemology is the underlying issue in science, philosophy and life. Earlier epistemologists concentrated on the search for what is REAL. Each of them had ideas about the “real world,” but no one could prove if any of them were correct. Plato, Locke, Kant and Descartes offered different explanations of human understanding but most eventually came to the conclusion that our knowledge of “reality” is limited to what we can perceive. Those beliefs were born out in later years as scientific knowledge grew and things which were previously undetectable came within man’s scope.
At the time they lived they had no knowledge of radio waves, electromagnetic radiation, or the relative nature of space/time. These things all existed prior to our ability to detect them but our lack of perception prevented us from knowing them. As science advanced and we became able to detect things which were previously unseen our understanding of reality grew thus proving that our understanding of reality was determined by our perception and not vice versa.
Once it was generally agreed upon that we cannot know what is “real,” and that we can only know what we perceive, the debate centered around how we can prove our perceptions are accurate. They sought to understand how our preconceptions of the world affect our perceptions of it, and in some cases, vice versa.
All good philosophical debate is based on sound premises. In order for an argument to be sound the premises it’s based upon must also be sound. The problem was and is that any premise can be disputed unless we can prove how we know that premise to be true. The goal of philosophers was to establish how we know what we know so that we can have premises which can be agreed upon as the basis of our rational arguments and our philosophical thoughts.
At that time virtually all of what people knew came through direct experience. Experience which was not obtained personally and directly almost always came from people who they personally knew and could judge the veracity thereof. The world was a small place and people knew where information was coming from and the reputations of the people responsible for it.
In today’s tele world much of our experience is coming from sources which are not in our direct experience. We read things which are composed by other people who we have never met and in many cases we have no personal knowledge of their intent or their integrity. Social media users can post things anonymously without repercussion and without any concern for “truth” or “fair play.”
Of even greater concern is the mass media which has turned its back on the concept of truth in pursuit of self-centered goals. They distort the truth, omit the truth, or just spew blatant lies. One of the most important keys to a functioning democracy is TRUTH and TRANSPARENCY.
The third estate used to exist in this country as a functional counterbalance and watchdog of our government and corporate powers. Honorable journalists sought the facts, presented the facts, and allowed their viewers and readers to form their own conclusions. They tried to hold our political and business leaders accountable in the best interests of all Americans.
In recent years the mainstream media has become the equivalent of the Soviet era TASS. They are nothing more than the propaganda arm of Hollywood liberals and the Democratic party. Anything liberals and democrats do is, by default, acceptable. Anything that anyone that disagrees with them does, is by default, unacceptable.
Our media decided to collude with the Clintons during Bill’s presidency and they have never looked back or turned back since. They have chosen to ignore the most egregious and disgusting acts perpetrated by the Clintons and Obama. They do not hesitate to publish known lies, quoting “anonymous” sources. Their dedication to their misguided ideals is equaled only by their willingness to disregard the rights, beliefs and freedoms of those who disagree with them.
While they relentlessly attack any who have the nerves to dispute their moral superiority, they protect those who espouse liberal philosophy and their Democratic donors regardless of their crimes or their personal foibles. They ignore the hatred and racist rants of their members and seek to cover it up to maintain their illusion of superiority. Women who had their rights violated by sexist liberal business and political leaders are berated and attacked by the very people who should be defending them.
The rights of women and minorities they claim to espouse are secondary to the perpetuation of their own power. This is not the exclusive domain of liberals or the Democratic Party. Our political leaders in general have shown utter disregard for their constituency or the laws that the people that elected them are forced to live by. The only “constituency” our elected representatives concern themselves with are: themselves, their political party, political action committees and corporate lobbyists. The only time they even pretend to care about the voter is at election time. The purpose of RaisingDC.com is to restore the government to the people of this great country.
Towards this end we promote open and honest discussion of issues and solutions from well-intentioned people regardless of their political affiliation or social beliefs. Ideas and answers expressed on this site should be considered starting points and not final solutions. All beliefs and ideas should be subject to revision based upon subsequent evidence.
This war is not about Trump being a wealthy man, all the members of Congress are wealthy themselves or they deal with wealthy people on a regular basis. This isn’t about him being a sexist or a racist. That is also common in Washington and Hollywood. This isn’t about Trump being a Republican or a conservative, there have been previous Republicans who did not face the level of opposition and resistance Donald Trump has faced. This is not about any crimes he committed in the past or about his personal behavior.
We have people on the left and right who believe that this war on Trump is ideological, it is not. This isn’t about his stands on the NRA, Right to Life, Religious Freedom, Free Speech, Globalism, foreign relations or any of the other crap they have been feeding us. This is about two things and two things only: The widespread corruption in Washington D.C. and a simple three word chant that Trump spoke and much of America embraced, “drain the swamp.”
Never before have the swamp rats in DC felt so threatened. Everything they have done since has been a direct response to prevent Donald from keeping his promise to “drain the swamp.” They have brought one frivolous lawsuit and slanderous claim after another against him to paralyze his presidency and keep him from directing attention to their activities over the last several decades.
Except for Douglas Campbell, I don’t believe that anyone who wasn’t involved in the corruption, including Donald Trump, realized the depth and breadth of the corruption in this country. When he promised to “drain the swamp” he probably figured that he was referring to a select group of individuals. Little did he know just how may swamp rats there are making their homes in Washington.
Although it might be easier to list who ISN’T involved in this I will attempt to provide a starting point and those with better resources can make the connections.
First we should start with Bill and Hillary Clinton. They are the Swamp Rat King and Queen. They are the roots of all that is wrong in the Democratic Party and American politics in general. Their corruption is so widespread that their slimy tendrils have infiltrated every branch of the government. It is impossible to cite their misdeeds without naming virtually every department and agency in the US.
First Bill corrupted the state of Arkansas. Bill used Highway patrolmen to bring him women to prey upon and he was involved in Whitewater. Whitewater marked the FIRST time that the Clinton’s either hid, altered or outright destroyed evidence in defiance of court orders, AND GOT AWAY WITH IT. This marked the beginning of their total disregard for the law and the constitution of the United States. It also began forming the large group of people who became involved in the Clinton’s web of corruption.
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have been involved in the Clinton’s dirty deals, either in the actual commission of the crimes, the subsequent cover-up attempts, or the justification of or diversion from their criminal activities. The people they haven’t been able to corrupt they have been willing to blackmail or coerce into shutting up. Ask James McDougal what they were willing to do to silence anyone who threatened their kingdom. He was the one person that could bring down the Clintons in the Whitewater scam. He died in prison under extremely suspicious circumstances.
So we start the Clinton Crime Cartel Foundation with allies of the Clinton’s during their time in Arkansas. It didn’t take long for them to spread the corruption in Washington, as Bill used Secret Service agents to protect him while he had sexual encounters with a young lady who worked for him. Companies and Universities all over the country had rules in place about this kind of behavior, but in typical Clintonesque fashion Bill ignored laws and ethics and did what suited him.
He cheated on his wife, but it was OK because everyone understood why he cheated and she didn’t care. She saw Bill as a stepping stone and stayed with him, not out of loyalty to Bill, but out of her own self-centered ambitions. The affair was cheap and disgusting, but the crime occurred in the follow up. To this day I cannot understand how Bill Clinton escaped Obstruction of Justice charges. It was a slam dunk case.
This is where the second group of Clinton accomplices and apologists enter. This is also where the entire United States became permanently divided along party lines. Not a single democrat voted to impeach Clinton when obvious crimes were committed. They proved that their dedication to their party and staying in power was far more important to them than laws, ethics or honor.
So we see that the Clintons already had many people invested in them before Hillary’s time as Secretary of State. They had either aided and abetted in the crimes or they had become embroiled in the cover ups or they had staked their reputations on the Clintons defense and they weren’t willing or able to admit that they had been duped.
No one likes to admit they are wrong. The four most satisfying words in the English language are “I told you so.” For many people the three hardest to say are “I was wrong.” Much like Arthur Fonzarelli they choke on the words.
But more importantly, for the Elite leftists, they know their illusion of superiority will be shattered if they admit they are wrong and their long game is dependent upon their moral superiority. (See The Near Death of Pride on RaisingDC.com)
The Clinton Crime Cartel expanded its influence globally during Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State. Her Uranium One activities have embroiled all of the intelligence services and many of the Departments and Agencies of the United States in her crimes. They are all desperate to escape punishment so they have conducted the three ring circus Americans have been subjected to ever since they started to take Trump’s chances of winning the presidency seriously.
The Departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Commerce, Energy and Homeland Security, and two White House agencies, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and Office of Science and Technology Policy all colluded with Hillary Clinton and Russia to sell US Uranium to Russian interests. THEN THEY TELL US THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE DANGEROUS? LAUGHABLE. Everyone involved in this crooked deal can be counted as an active Trump enemy. I am sure investigating their ties to Mueller, Rosenstein, Brennan, Clapper, etc., etc. would be very enlightening.
Everyone involved in the Benghazi cover up can be counted as an active enemy of Donald Trump. Everyone involved in the Iran deal and the cover ups relating to it can be counted as Trump enemies. Everyone involved in the Clinton EMail deletion cover up is an active enemy of Donald Trump.
Everyone who has ever been involved in the Clinton’s dirty dealings can be counted as Trump enemies, all because of three simple words, “DRAIN THE SWAMP.”
To see how Trump can defeat all this read “Breaking the Stonewall” at RaisingDC.com.
It is now clear that the heads of the FBI and DOJ are stonewalling congress. They have no intentions of producing the evidence the legislators are requesting. They have every intention of dragging this out until the current administration has gone, even if it takes 7 more years.
The lengths they have gone to are clear indicators of the collusion between the heads of both agencies to first create the outcome of the 2016 election, and, when that failed, to try to invalidate it. President Trump has been far too kind on them. I think it is time to bypass the FBI heads and the DOJ heads and get the information from alternative sources.
President Trump should hold an address and ask all members of the FBI and DOJ with evidence of CRIMINAL wrongdoing by their superiors in regards to the 2016 election or its aftermath to come forward with the proof.
He should also go directly to the NSA and get the files that Congress has requested repeatedly. They copy every bit of data transmitted in the United States and they surely have it. Trump has been very friendly to the DOD, they should have some people willing to come forward with the facts.
The more I see the man the more I come to realize that he had no business ever being FBI Director in the first place.
His professed traits indicate that he would not have even made a good field agent much less an FBI director. The way I see it there are only two possibilities where Comey is concerned: he is either the most incompetent agency head in the history of the United States or he is one of the most crooked.
The Case for Incompetence
Let’s examine the words which the letters FBI represent. The I stands for investigation. Investigation is a procedure of attempting to find things out. One of the primary prerequisites for any investigator should be a natural curiosity. Per his recent statements James Comey is the least curious investigator in the history of the Bureau. Comey CLAIMS that he did not know who wrote the Steele dossier, that he did not know who paid for the Steele dossier, that he did not know why information regarding the Hillary email investigation seem to disappear into limbo for three weeks prior to the election and that he did not know who leaked info on the Steele dossier.
One would think that mere intellectual curiosity would lead one to want to know the origin of these documents, why critical information regarding the email case was delayed for three weeks or why he was instructed to change wording from investigation to matter.
If the natural inborn curiosity was not enough to compel Comey to seek the answers to these questions then his role as the leader of the premier investigative agency in the world should have been. IT WAS HIS JOB!!! COMEY was fully aware of the impact his job performance could have both on the 2016 election and the presidency of Donald J Trump. He knows that false allegations can destroy political careers. It is clear that his intent was to destroy the political career of Donald J Trump.
The case for crooked.
Comey stated that he may have handled the Hillary email investigation differently if he thought that Trump was going to win. Clearly he chose not to do his job and to cover-up the revelations of his agents because he wanted to be part of Hillary’s administration.
He claimed that what he did was NOT a leak, and that he did nothing improper. Nothing could be further from the truth. If he was doing nothing wrong then why did he use a proxy to get the info out to start a dishonorable investigation? It is HIS JOB to let us know if criminal behavior is occurring, and if he thought it was improper HE should have addressed it to the UNITED STATES, not his political cronies. He KNEW the info was salacious and that is why he didn’t want to be connected to it. He hoped by leaking it via his professor “friend” – who just happened to be an FBI agent, that he could damage the presidency without damaging his own reputation.
Give it up Jim, your reputation is dirt. At this point NO ONE believes you. You have convinced both Democrats and Republicans of your incompetence and your unworthiness. The only positive to come from this is that you have given both parties someone to unite against.
The fact that Comey took these kinds of risks indicates to me that there is a far deeper criminal connection between the Clintons, the Russians, the FBI, the State Department and James Comey. He was trying to get the president impeached or at the very least put the President on the defensive for his entire term in office so that the proper attention could not be turned towards him.
James Comey was one of the biggest players in the Deep State. Investigate him and you should be able to find ALL of the dirty dealings the Clintons, Obama and the DNC were involved in.
For some inexplicable reason minorities in the United States have been dedicated supporters of the Democratic Party for more than five decades. In recent years small numbers of minorities have finally come to realize that the party is NOT helping them, but keeping them down.
It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the history of this country. In the 19th century the Democratic Party fought FOR slavery during the Civil War. In the 20th century the Democratic Party fought AGAINST civil rights and the ERA. Now we are in the 21st century and the Democratic Party is preaching the politics of victimization. They preach that all minorities and women are victims of our society.
I know several black people who have rejected this philosophy. They do not believe that they are victims and they do not believe they have no control of their own lives. They have worked hard and they have made progress due to their own ethics, not because of government handouts or the guilt of the majority.
Proof positive that the Democratic Party does not care about the plight of minorities is easy to provide. During eight years under Pres. Obama the Democratic Party did absolutely nothing to help minorities, other than to show them that not all whites are bigots and that blacks and minorities in this country have opportunities equal to everyone else.
If they actually cared about the poor in this country they would do things totally different than what they are doing. They keep the poor poor and dependent upon government programs in the belief that people that are dependent upon the government will continue to vote Democrat. If they actually cared about raising our minorities they would make education a number one priority in the United States. THEY DO NOT!!!
Why? Because they know poor people with nothing to lose will vote democrat. People that own property will usually seek to protect that property. People who have worked for their property resent having it taken away from them. People that resent having their money taken away from them tend to shun the Democratic Party because they are the party of government handouts, entitlements and ever spiraling taxation. It is clear why the Democratic Party has no interest in helping minorities. They are just talking points they use in order to keep poor voters in the Democratic queue.
People as diverse as Malcolm X and Charles Barkley have noted that minorities and the poor have voted Democratic throughout history, AND THEY ARE STILL POOR. Instead of praising people such as Candace Owens, Ben Carson, and Herman Cain for their accomplishments they insult, attack and reject them. They cast aspersions to their race, their morality and their intelligence.
If they were truly champions of the black person and minorities they would be heaping praise upon these people, but they do not. They attack them relentlessly because they challenge the Democratic talking points which state that everyone that is not a white male is a victim.
Many minorities have come to realize that this is not the truth.
This is so obvious I don’t know why it hasn’t already been done. It is clear that the upper echelon of leaders and directors in the FBI, State Department and the Department of Justice have been involved in collusion in an attempt to subvert the election of 2016, and all subsequent actions against properly elected president Donald J Trump.
They have repeatedly stonewalled congressional requests for documentation. It is CLEAR that they are involved in the criminal activities of the previous administration. There is no other explanation as to why they would refuse to provide the documentation. Trump’s campaign could provide 1.2 million documents in a week. The Department of Justice and the FBI have failed to provide even a modest fraction of that amount in over a year’s time.
It is time to stop playing the game with the leaders of these departments. President Trump should have a national address during which he asks all rank-and-file FBI, DOJ and State Department workers to come forward with any knowledge they have concerning the upper echelons attempts to manipulate the election of 2016 and any subsequent efforts to invalidate Donald J Trump’s presidency.
In the meantime, the president should go directly to the National Security Agency and request the documents which have been stonewalled by the DOJ, the FBI and the State Department. The NSA captures every bit of data generated or transmitted in the United States each and every day. THEY HAVE THE DOCUMENTS. The president should bypass the FBI, Department of Justice and the State Department and get these records directly from the NSA. Hopefully the NSA has not been corrupted as the other departments have been.
It is possible that the NSA has been corrupted as badly as the FBI, DOJ and State Departments have. That is why Pres. Trump should go directly to the rank-and-file members of these three agencies or departments and get PROOF of election interference and/or collusion by their superiors in an attempt to cripple the presidency of the United States. Most of the men and women in law enforcement are honorable individuals and they should recognize the wrongness of what their leaders have done. To NOT correct this problem is to DOOM our country to political cronyism, corruption and personal attacks using the IRS, DOJ and FBI as tools.
Over and over they feed us the line,
Time and again they commit the crime.
They know it’s wrong to impose on us,
and stab our backs when they have our trust.
But the Almighty dollar rules our lives
and makes us cheat and live with lies.
One thing about our country that’s great
is that we don’t have to participate.
As much as it seems that we have no control,
they may own our body but not our soul.
It’s time to put democracy to the test,
It’s time to put the inequities to rest.
Our government is the masses
who’ve forgotten how to rule,
We must educate the people,
We must go to freedom school.
Rule number one at freedom school,
“Find out for yourself, don’t be a fool.”
The second rule that we always teach,
Is “Be silent, or practice what you preach.”
Then we have trusty rule number three,
“You must be aware if you want to be free.”
Now we move on to rule number four,
“It’s fair play that matters, not the end score.”
Rule number five is easy to learn,
“Don’t butt in if it’s not your concern.”
Next in our school is rule number six,
“Blind trust makes victims of dirty tricks.”
Rule number seven says, “Don’t let your vision,
Be fogged by con men selling religion.”
Our personal favorite is rule number eight,
“Personal rights overrule the state.”
Number nine continues number eight,
“Don’t let others control your fate.”
Not last or least is commandment ten,
“You have no right to rule other men.”
The only freedom that’s truly fair
is the freedom we all can share.
Shouldn’t you have the right to determine how your tax dollars are spent? Of course you should. Shouldn’t you have the right to representative government? Of course you should.
One of the main contributing factors in the American Revolution was taxation without representation. American colonists were forced to pay taxes to the British government but they had no say in how much or how often the taxes were collected and they had no say in how the taxes were used. The British took their crops, their livestock, and quartered in their homes without the consent of the colonists and without recompense for what the British took. Many colonists had left Europe to get away from oppressive regimes only to have the British government follow them.
Eventually the colonists had enough, they held a little tea party, and they let the British Crown know how unhappy they were. When the British refused to listen to the colonists or to give them any rights other than the right to pay taxes the colonists decided that they had had enough and the seeds of revolution were sown.
The same conditions exist in America today. Our elected misrepresentatives create agencies, bureaus and programs and spend our tax dollars without our consent or approval. When was the last time the US citizen was allowed to decide what government agencies and programs their money was being spent upon? I know it wasn’t during my lifetime.
Our tax dollars go to support things which we would choose not to support. We are stuck paying taxes for items that our corrupt and / or uninformed misrepresentatives have decided to force upon us, many times as a result of special interest groups, or in an effort to reach out to small segments of the population to get their votes. They do not care if they saddle 85% of us with something WE DON’T WANT in pursuit of the votes of the 15% of the people that do.
They care not how much they spend or how much our government goes into debt. Until a few decades ago the United States had a AAA+++ credit rating, the highest of all credit ratings. Now we are over 20 TRILLION dollars in debt and the AAA+++ credit rating is gone. Republicans have failed repeatedly to rein in government spending and to protect the rights of individuals. They talk the talk without walking the walk. They easily cave to the slightest threat that someone may not vote for them. They believe that getting reelected is far more important than what is best for this country. They care not about the future of the United States or the condition of its citizens, they only care about their own personal power and wealth.
Worse yet, the Democratic party absolutely refuses to entertain any ideas of spending reductions. Each time the budget comes up the Democrats hold the budget hostage until everything they want is paid for. They don’t have any real ideas or solutions so they just want to make everyone a government employee ala Bernie Sanders or to pass out money THAT IS NOT THEIRS to buy votes for their party. Not only do they spend money that is NOT THEIR OWN, they spend YOUR money, your CHILDREN’S money, THEIR children’s money and the money of children yet unborn. They are willing to steal from the future to buy votes today, because they have no real solutions on anything. I do. It is called The HeinLineback Plan for Fair Government and Representative Taxation.
Our elected misrepresentatives have shown that they are not responsible with our money and they should not be able to decide how it is spent.
In the first American Revolution shots were fired and people died. I do not propose violent methods. The Second American Revolution can be bloodless. I now propose a plan which will enable the citizens of the United States to take the government away from the irresponsible and put it back in the hands of the people.
The HeinLineback plan is a combined government reduction and taxation plan that limits the ability of our government officials to sell us out in pursuit of their own ends. It is very simple and it is the ONLY fair tax plan being proposed. A great side benefit is a more responsible government.
The bare bones are as follows:
In the first year all tax rates will remain exactly the same as they are. The ONLY difference is EACH AND EVERY PERSON in the United States that pays taxes will be able to designate how the tax dollars will be used.
Each person that so chooses will be able to log onto a site monitored by citizen watchdog groups and designate how their tax dollars are used. Each person will be able to designate by program, agency or governmental department where they want their tax dollars to go. If, for some reason, they choose NOT to designate where their tax dollars go, they can opt to have their taxes go into a general fund. It is not the idea of this plan to force any citizen to do anything they don’t want to do, in fact it is quite the opposite.
If you believe that it is important to support the poor then you can designate your tax dollars to go to programs such as welfare and other public assistance. If you believe that having a strong defense is vital to our national security you can designate your tax dollars to be largely used there. If you are concerned about our infrastructure there will be a place for that. If our national debt is your concern there will be a way to apply your taxes to that.
The benefits of this plan are threefold. First and foremost it will limit our elected officials ability to add and/or fund programs for special interest groups against the will of the American voter. The second effect will not be as immediate, but it WILL lead to a reduction in government spending as Departments, Agencies and Programs which the American people refuse to fund cease to exist. As the agencies that Americans choose not to fund cease to exist more funds will be available for what they DO want to fund. Eventually only programs citizens CHOOSE to fund will be funded and the tax burden will be reduced as people will no longer be paying for programs and services which they choose not to pay for.
This will also have the effect of forcing governmental agencies and departments to be more responsive to the American people because if they fail to provide the services they are supposed to provide to the American people they will be defunded and they will cease to exist.
Ideally, AT EACH LEVEL, from the local to the federal, the American citizen will be able to decide how those taxes are applied. The tax plan will include use-based taxes such as gasoline taxes, property taxes, etc., etc. No longer will the average citizen be forced to pay for things they do not want or do not use, such as playgrounds for the rich (i.e. opera houses and art galleries) sports arenas, medical treatment for noncitizens, housing for noncitizens, or education for noncitizens.
People that do not want a border wall will not be forced to pay for one. If the funds to build a border wall are not able to be raised there will be no border wall. If some city, populated by radical leftists, decides that they would be better off without law enforcement, they can defund the police department. Again the public defunding option is the FASTEST way to bring about responsible representation. Agencies that realize there is a possibility they will have no operating funds if the citizens so choose will provide services in a responsible and timely fashion or they will cease to exist.
Our government has ignored the will of the people far too long. It is time to institute the HeinLineback plan and take back America.
thank you to Robert A Heinlein
There are many problems in American society today. They range from the smallest issues for the youngest people to the largest issues for the oldest people. They span the societal, intellectual and economic strata. One problem lying at the root of many of those problems is a lack of pride. The behavior of individuals, governments and corporations are all suffering from a lack of pride.
The Bible teaches that pride is a sin. It is not. As long as our pride is not misplaced and we do not feel pride for things which are sociopathic like murder, robbery and rape, pride is a very good thing. Being proud of oneself leads one to live a virtuous life. People that have no self pride are willing to participate in the lowest acts. They care not about their reputations or their integrity.
Recently we had a president who went out of his way to squash American pride. He went on a world-wide apology tour. He preached that everything Americans had done and had previously known was wrong. He taught them that they should feel shame for living in a good society, for having a high standard of living, and for being world leaders.
He tried to shame us and take away our pride so that he and other like thinking individuals could do whatever they wished to do to our country. They hoped we would be so ashamed of ourselves and our country that we would not feel like we were worthy enough to even question any of the decisions the elite left made or to have any input as to which direction America and the world was going. Fortunately it didn’t work on everyone.
America has its problems. It always has and always will, but there is absolutely no reason to be ashamed of being in America or being an American. In fact there are lots of reasons to be proud of being an American.
Following World War II United States was the undisputed world power. With the use of the atomic bomb we could have conquered the entire world. The United States could have stripped the resources of every conquered country and left them with nothing. The United States could have made them all colonies of the United States. We did not. In fact we helped rebuild those countries and reinstituted a government for their people.
Does anyone believe that the Germans, Japanese or Russians would have done the same thing following World War II if they had possessed the atomic bomb?
Americans are the most generous people in the world. We have sent disaster, economic and medical aid to virtually every country on the planet at one time or another. We have helped 3rd world countries who were unable to help themselves and who had nothing to offer us in return.
Do not let the “Moral Superiority” shame you. If they feel shame they are welcome to it. They should know if they deserve to feel ashamed or not.
Be an honorable person with integrity and be brave enough to speak your mind. Do not let others browbeat or bully you with their political correctness and/or their moral superiority for frequently those traits exist only in their stated ideals and not in their daily practices.
Do the right thing. Be PROUD of it. Reject shame unless YOU have actually done something shameful.