Some of the things I learned from our trip to Honduras:
I'm glad I pay taxes for good roads and universal K-12 education..
I can be thankful that it is a rare thing in this country for an ordinary citizen to be shaken down for a bribe by a police officer.
However frustrating our experiences were with the foster-care system when we were foster parents, at least there was a foster care system, and children from broken family systems do not have to live on the streets.
I live in a country where, despite it's faults, we can pretty much trust in the rule of law.
I really love my country. My ancestors were able to flee some very terrible circumstances (one had his tongue cut out for preaching), and they came here to a place where we have flourished and lived in freedom, received educational opportunities, owned farms and businesses, voted for our leaders, sometimes even been those elected leaders. They pioneered, survived depressions, fought in wars, ran stations on the underground railroad, founded and preached in churches. They are the United States that I know. Thanks to them, I am proud of my country.