Am I the only person that paid attention in grammar school? In grammar school I learned that to be American meant to believe in the principals of Democracy, equality and inalienable rights. The principals of the Declaration of Independence and of the enlightenment. Yet since WWII it seems that Americans have been drawn into a narrative of dichotomies of right vs. left, capitalism vs. communism, nationalism vs. globalism, racism vs. anti-racism, to name a few. These are not based on American principals or philosophies. Our politics have been Europeanized. To be American, above all else, means to believe in the founding principals - regardless of where a person is born or what their legal citizenship. Anyone that does not believe in these principals is NOT American, regardless of where they were born or of their legal citizenship. Those people who hide behind and abuse their constitutional rights, in order to promote views that contradict the principals and philosophies that are the foundation of America, void their Constitutional rights.