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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

What is American?

If you were to ask any random "american citizen" where this quote comes from, do you think they would know?

"all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"

What is this crap about America being founded on a covenant with God?

"Quite a few Christians sincerely believe that America was founded on a covenant with God and for no other purpose but to promote Christianity to the poor, godless, heathen people of the world. America's laws are based upon God's laws and from this stems every right and proper action that the American government should take." - http://atheism.about.com/b/a/019202.htm

I do believe America was founded by former British citizens because "..when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

If you were not already aware, these quotes are from the Declaration of Independence.

So what is an American? An American is fiercly independent, yet loyal to his cause and country. His country being the United States of America. Americans want peace, but know when to go to war. Americans are generous and open hearted, but know that sometimes we must be shrewd and cunning, cold and selfish. Americans are inherently compassionate and caring. We were once called "the sleeping giant" by our most stout and fiercest foe during the beginning hours of WWII. It is intrinsic with our nature to give the benefit of the doubt.

What has happened to the 13 original colonies? If John Hancock, Sam Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and the rest of the original signers of the DOI were alive today, what would they think? I think they would wonder not what happened to their government, but what happened to their people? What has happened to our people?

America was founded by immigrants. America was proliferated by immigrants. Immigrants teaching immigrants how to be American. Americans teaching immigrants how to be Americans. No longer do we teach each other what it means to be AMERICAN. American culture, American beliefs, and more importantly Americans, are fast becoming extinct. The soul of the U.S of A is becoming hollow and empty. Replaced with selfishness, greed, corruption, and people who could not care less about being American.

Education on the lowest level HAS FAILED. Parents no longer infuse America or responsibility into their children. Teenagers and adults alike do not want to take responsibility for their action. American history is falls on deaf ears. Illegal immigrants overrun our borders by the millions, destroying the local supporting economy, remaining Americans helpless to stop them. Lobbyists throw money at the governement, the government no longer makes decisions based on the decent, honest, good of the people, but rather how much money they can leech off giant corporations. Freedom is no longer embraced as a dream by citizens. The ideology of American youth appears to be to make money, and make it fast. Freedom is scorned by the rest of the world and the transients of America feel guilty for the freedoms they never earned. "Please! Control my life!" the people cry out to the government.

Cash really has corrupted our government, and worse, our people. The majority cries out against the government while simultaneously begging the government to control them. Like children rebelling against parents secretly wishing to be noticed and coddled.

The free press claims that good journalism is at risk because the youth of America don't care about the news. Journalism would survive if only journalists would report the truth, and not hyped up rediculous stories about Michael Jackson. The industry claims they cannot appeal to the future generations of America, and that older generations are no longer reading or watching news. They cannot survive without the revenue generated from both audiences. I say FREE press will always survive so long as journalists want to report truth, all truths both GOOD and bad. Journalism has turned into media. Media has turned into a maniacal beast desperately searching for the next horrific tragedy with which to grab headlines.

Someone recently told me to talk about solutions. I have solutions, but I am convinced they cannot be heard.

I believe in popular education, and formal education. I truly believe that education is the key to American future. Parents must impress upon their children true American beliefs (ie: ALL men/women are created equal, truly), That freedom is a gift not to be taken for granted. That with freedom comes responsibility. Education starts when a child is born and continues until that child dies from old age. Schools need to concentrate less on banning "offensive" tshirts and focus more on critical material such as TRUE American history. Not the politically correct bullsh|t that is being spooned out like pig fodder. Education needs to encompass world history as well. Our children must learn from the successes and mistakes of others, as well as ourselves. Schools should a haven of free speech (of all kinds). Parents must work closely with the schools in order to let their kids face responsibilities for the actions, good and bad.

Additionally, something must be done about our pourous borders. Immigration is a wonderful thing. Illegal immigration is one of the best ways to destroy an economy, and eventually, a country. Illegal immigrants are not educated, they are not interested in American ideals, and they are most certainly not interested in the good of the American people or the greater good of the country. This is a constantly proven REALITY in Souther California, and increasingly in the surrounding western states. Known illegal immigrants must be deported at first recognition. We should employ a zero tolerance tactic and possiblity embargo the offending countrys' government.

America needs change now. If we do not begin now, it will be too late.

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