When was the last time YOU did something for your country?

United States
April 5, 2013 11:31am CST
We, here in America, live in the greatest country in the world. But, this country is not as great as it has been, or could be. We once had a great president who asked Americans to give back to their country instead of taking everything from it. This is a life lesion that every person in the world should understand, and try to maintain in their everyday activities. If the only thing you do is take, eventually there will be nothing more to give. This isn't limited to rich or poor, healthy or sick, evil or good. When you have a country of takers than eventually the givers will stop allowing it to happen. Many will look at this as a partisan political jab at taxes, and will counter with welfare. But, can you honestly remember the last time you did something for your country?
13 responses
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
6 Apr 13
A couple weeks ago I gave blood. I've donated a total of roughly 4 gallons over the years. To me it's one of the simplest, and quickest ways people can help their country, and literally save lives. It takes roughly 30 minutes for the whole process and you can do it every two months. You might even get a nice freebee now and then like movie tickets or a coupon. Sadly, not everyone is capable of giving blood for various reasons, but the vast majority can.
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• United States
9 Apr 13
I agree, I gave blood last month, it isn't the first time I have given, but it is the first time in a while. Being someone who has needed blood due to an injury I appreciate people giving blood.
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
5 Apr 13
Paying taxes is 'doing something' for your country? You do know you can voluntarily pay extra taxes right? When is the last time you, or any of your idiotic leftist friends ever paid extra taxes? Of course never. You are all hypocrites as usual.
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@dagami (1163)
• Rome, Italy
6 Apr 13
the last time i heard, the taxes that we pay go to the coffers of the government of our country. or has this been changed? please be careful with your comments. nobody has the license to offend or insult others. you may hide behind the anonymosity that this site allows us members, but your personality and character is displayed in every post that you make.
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@andy77e (5165)
• United States
6 Apr 13
please be careful with your comments. nobody has the license to offend or insult others. you may hide behind the anonymosity that this site allows us members, but your personality and character is displayed in every post that you make. When I care what other people think about me.... I'll let you know. Otherwise assume I don't. the last time i heard, the taxes that we pay go to the coffers of the government of our country. or has this been changed? Yes very true. So back to the question: Paying taxes is 'doing something' for your country? Let me guess, government politicians giving political kick backs to supporters, and blowing millions on pork barrel spending, is 'doing something' for the country?
• United States
7 Apr 13
Dag, trying to reason with Andy is completely useless. You can't reason with people who are irrational, and that is the nicest word I can think of to call Andy.
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@crossbones27 (18553)
• Redlands, California
6 Apr 13
I like the question Debater but you really have to word it right or else people will just say they pay taxes and they work. Of course, that is the way the system has embedded a system so that it can thrive. If that was not even embedded I bet the majority of the country would not even do that. Its like that saying that I am sure many people here all the time from their bosses. I know I have said it many times in the past when I was in a leadership role. "If you see a problem fix it." Don't just walk by it and expect it to get fixed by itself. That is the problem with what many in our country does now. They walk by the problem and they don't fix it. Its one thing to not know how to fix the problem but at least let someone know who does know how to fix the problem. People do not seem to do even that much anymore. Then what always agitated me was when my experienced employees would just pretend they did not see the problem. The were on their way to lunch and thought it was going to take out of their lunch break. So they just let a potential catastrophic problem happen. All they had to do is come and tell us they fixed the problem because we were busy at the time and we would of made sure they still received their whole lunch break. This is pretty much the attitude of the country these days. They just do the least as possible and then b!tch about why every thing is so messed up. The last thing I did was move a fairly large tree branch out of the road. It was slowing down traffic and people would just drive around it in the other lane causing traffic to get backed up. It sounds small until an accident happens, costing people hundreds to thousands of dollars. Not to mention injuries that could of happened. I really think people just do not understand common decency anymore.
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@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
7 Apr 13
That should be under the category of what you did for your city. What have you done for your country?
• Redlands, California
8 Apr 13
Is my city not part of this country. If an accident would of happened it would of not only cost the people in the accident but the people who have to respond to the accident which would of cost the city which would of cost the state which would have cost the country all because people did not want to get out of their car and take care of the problem.
• Redlands, California
9 Apr 13
One more thing, is not looking out for the welfare of my fellow countrymen and women not doing something good for your country? It may be my little city in California, but that little city is still part of the United States of America and they are all Americans, no matter how ignorant people can be at times. Even though some on the right may disagree.
@AidaLily (1450)
• United States
6 Apr 13
This is a good question. However I agree with crossbones up above that most people who didn't read or understand it will equate it with paying taxes and call that something they did for their country. Taxes are such a virtual thing in a sense, but that is another discussion. Everyone in America are takers at some point no matter what you do to avoid it. Anyway, I helped put together packages to send to the troops quite a few times and donated many items to that cause as well as food shelters, donated blood and plasma before my health took more of a hit, helped out some teenagers with their problems and such (mentoring), and helped cleaning up parks and highways. These things are small yes, but it is something.
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• United States
9 Apr 13
It isn't like you have a legal choice when it comes to paying taxes. If you don't you will be forced to do so (just ask Wesley Snipes). I sounds like you have done a lot for your country.
@MoonGypsy (4613)
• United States
6 Apr 13
i fought for this country with the united states armed forced. i paid taxes, too. that's it for me.
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• United States
9 Apr 13
I agree Moon, that you have given back to your country and I for one appreciate it.
@dagami (1163)
• Rome, Italy
5 Apr 13
i pay the taxes not only on my income but also the taxes imposed on the goods that i buy.
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• United States
9 Apr 13
It isn't like you have a choice in that matter. This is the problem with society today, we feel that they only thing we have to do is pay taxes, and everything will be fine.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
7 Apr 13
I graduated from high school and had some college, so I could more easily get a job. I got a job, so I wouldn't be on welfare or food stamps. When my first job ended, I looked for and got a second job, so I was never on unemployment. As a result, I'm able to and do pay taxes. I vote for republicans who don't thinks it's government's responsibility to babysit the sick, lame, and lazy at the expense of others. And I have, on occasion, given blood.
• United States
9 Apr 13
So besides giving blood the only things you have done is looked out for yourself. I applaud you giving blood, but the rest of the things you mention really only effect you. Last time I checked, taking care of yourself really doesn't help the country.
• Redlands, California
9 Apr 13
Really that way of thinking makes me sure you cost the government. Just because you went to college. Wow, this world is so much better because you don't give a crap because you made it and the rest of the hood rats are still being hood rats because you failed to teach them a single damn thing. People do realize the only way we succeed is teaching other people. My bad we should of forgotten that from all the right wings BS.
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@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
9 Apr 13
Crossbones, I repaid my college loan, therefore, they got their money back with interest. The hood rats, as you insultingly call them, were and are just as privy to an education as I was. And what did you teach them, to drop out of school so the government through those of us who pay taxes could take care of them? Should I assume from your rant that you are one of those taking from the government? Otherwise, why should you get your tail over the dashboard?
@bintang9 (196)
• Indonesia
6 Apr 13
Of course I remember the thing I do for my country, exactly on April 2, 2013 I payed tax for my salary.Actually I didn't pay by myself because the tax automatically taken from my account ( auto debt). But that was my money, wasn't it?
• United States
9 Apr 13
I hate to tell people this, but doing something that you have no choice in doing isn't much of a sacrifice is it?
• United States
10 Apr 13
Besides voting and giving platelets from time to time, I don't think I've done anything, unless you consider not being on government assistance as doing something for your country. This was sometime back and I don't think it is original with him, but I heard Rush Limbaugh compare welfare with feeding the wild animals in the state parks. There's always a notice at the parks to "Please Don't Feed the Animals" because it causes them to lose their natural ability to hunt and forage for themselves, and the results is that they become weak and totally dependent on people. That is the same thing that has happened with the welfare recipients. I know there are some people who break free from the prison of welfare, but isn't it more likely that welfare condition is passed down from generation to generation? Wouldn't you say that these people have been conditioned, like the people fed park animals, to be weak and dependent, and wouldn't you say that that is exactly what the politicians orchestrated so the welfare recipient will feel grateful and continue to vote for them? I've heard that the dependent animals will destroy property to get the food they're after, and isn't that kind of what's been happening in some European countries by those who are no longer getting government assistance - rioting? What would you consider as doing something for your country?
• India
6 Apr 13
Hi I believe the only thing I can do for my country is to help keep it clean and green by planting tree.Paying tax properly is not a good deed but its your duty and here in doing something with cash for the country is useless,Its pathetic but true. Politicians will make the best use of you if at all you come up with some initiative.
• China
6 Apr 13
In China, we pay a lot of taxes to government, while we get less response from it. I think it depends on which country you live and its culture. I agree with you that things should works in a good cycle for good developing.
@cttolledo (4107)
• Philippines
6 Apr 13
Since I started working I already did my job in my country, I'm paying taxes and my gosh.. such taxes that they are deducting from our monthly salary is high..
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
5 Apr 13
everyday, there is always an opportunity to do something for the country we live in. ordinary citizens can express their desire to serve their country by doing small things that can contribute to the development and security of the country. the government must facilitate this desire by citizens to participate in the decision-making and governance.