Proud or Fortunate?

I make a point to never say that I am proud to be an American.

I believe that pride is something that comes from accomplishment.
You can be proud that you finished college, raised children, ran a marathon, didn’t kill the rude clerk at the drugstore.
Immigrants who risk their lives to get here and become U.S. citizens should be proud to be American, they worked for it and earned it.
I, on the other hand, am fortunate to be an American.
I am fortunate to live somewhere that affords me the freedom to criticize it and hold it’s leaders accountable.
I am fortunate to live in a country that continually re-invents itself and rights itself when it starts to fall.
I am fortunate to have been born in America.