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[–] Gigan 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Edward Snowden. He picked a fight with the most powerful entity on the planet, in order to reveal the extent the American people are being spied on by their own government. He put himself at extreme risk for the good of the people. It reminds me of the founding fathers and colonials who fought the British Government. Not backing down to an oppressive government is very American in my opinion.

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[–] Hey_Sunshine 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

How people are able to say he's a traitor is unreal to me. He came to the American public with the info he had, he only fled to Russia because we canceled his passport and Putin seen his opportunity to highlight American Exceptionalism and took it.

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[–] DillHoleBagHands 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

People accept the government propaganda that he is a traitor. Sheeple.

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[–] BRITTEACH [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Courage. A very American quality.

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[–] bongler8 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

for balance, your politicians suck balls

there it is

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[–] BRITTEACH [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's good hear opinions by non Americans. And you are right about our current politicians. This current presidential campaign, for example, is embarrassing. No matter who the nominees are going to be, it's going to be one ugly contest.

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[–] blind-science 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

(Also a foreigner) but I'm going to say John Henry. Hard-working, railway times, too stubborn to realise when change is inevitable (metric system anyone?)

Swings a big hammer, thought you'd like that @Hammer_bot

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[–] BRITTEACH [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

John Henry is legendary. You know you are a folk hero when a song is written about you.

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[–] LimaTangoNovember 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

So many great men and women can be considered for the title. Personally, an American who made a difference in my life - opened my eyes to the abuses of the court system to defraud people - Richard Cornforth!

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[–] bongler8 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

can't help but point out that half of the mentioned people so far are fictional

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[–] BRITTEACH [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You make an important point. I thought voat users were smarter. They claim to come to this site over Reddit because the discussion is supposed to be more intelligent, but your point suggests that I may be deluding myself. Oh well, today's idealist is tomorrow's cynic. Thanks for pointing this out though.

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[–] bongler8 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I don't think it's necessarily a voat/reddit thing. I think it's really that the idea of the "American Dream" and the rags-to-riches stories that fill propaganda from the time we start elementary school are a bunch of bullshit. And it's done because we live in a individualistic, materialistic society, and with that kind of mentality you can't tell children they're gonna work their asses off and get next to nothing in return. No, you make up hero's and have them aspire to be greater than human until they realize that's not possible and they settle down into adulthood. So then when you're asked who are the greatest Americans, you regurgitate the information that is taught.

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[–] equine_therapy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Perhaps the fact that fictional characters can be great Americans speaks more to the power of myth than to the idiocy of the myth-maker.

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[–] equine_therapy 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Clark Kent. He goes to work everyday and never complains about the extraordinary burden he bears as Superman. Nobody even knows that he is the one keeping them safe; some people even disrespect him and call him a coward. But he never loses his cool, never reveals his secret, and always fights for the side of Truth and Justice.

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[–] BRITTEACH [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

And he wears a nice pair of glasses.

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[–] brightshininglight 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's a guy called Smedley Butler, the greatest patriot America has ever seen, true hero, tough as nails and it seems impeccable morals. Too bad the prez at the time was none of those things.