What does it mean to be an American?

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    Yet another wonderful Gabri-torial

    Put aside all your partisan bickering and think about this. What does it mean to YOU to be an American?

    I am proud because the United States is truly the melting pot of the world. Only this country welcomes everyone from any country, of any race, color or religious faith.
    I consider this as I think about attending our family Independence Day celebration, which will be a traditional All-American outdoor cookout. In attendence will be:

    My mom -- the first person in her family to be born outside of Germany
    my sister's husband -- the son of Mexican immigrants
    My sister's 13-year-old charge, Lissete -- celebrating her first July 4 in the U.S. after growing up in Colombia
    My cousin Dahlia -- daughter of a Mexican immigrant
    My sister's friend Lyn -- daughter of Vietnamese immigrants

    What makes America a great country is that we are all entitled to equal rights and privileges. No one is forced to accept one political party, one set of moral and social values or one religion.
    And if someone does try to impose one of the above, you have the right to state your opposition. Through peaceful, lawful, democratic means. Which some of us will always have the conscience to do.
     
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    Ahem, only the US does this? Last I checked, Canada is still a sovereign nation and not only do we welcome everyone from any country, race, color, or religious faith, we welcome you no matter your sexual orientation!! :D
     
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    So when protesting assholes clog up the major thouroughfares of D.C at rush time whose rights trump the others? I believe its the right of the motorist to run down you people and free up the logjam because really you're just wasting taxpayers money on nothing.

    At this point in time being American means leaving politics at the water's edge and getting behind our efforts to defeat our enemies, any deviation from this should fall into the category of treason. Funny the Democrats of old used to believe that.
     
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    *yawn* SOS :lame2:
     
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    Being an American means a lot to me. One of the many things that comes to mind is the notion of service. I know of at least 10 relatives of mine (including me) who have served in the military in some capacity, though I'm the only Army vet in the family! As someone said once, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance."

    Liberty is the other thing that makes this country great. While there have been many encroachments on our liberty lately, we still have the right to speak as we wish, worship as we wish, own firearms, start our own media source, buy and sell as we wish, move anywhere in the country, and have legal representation and a public trial, just off the top of my head. The gov't can't tell me what kind of car to drive, where to live, what to wear, what to think, what god to serve, etc. And frankly, when America loses its love for liberty, we have lost the American Dream.
     
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    There is a cure for the "Protester Logjam". Just tape an episode of Rush Limabugh onto a cassette or CD. Whenever you find yourself swarmed by a flood of hippies, simply roll down your windows, pop in the CD/cassette, and blast it. This will either drive them away or drive into such a maniacal frenzy that you will be able to make a case where you thought you were physically in danger, and are thus able to run them down.
     
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    This is the problem about America's culture today. It's not a melting pot because stuff isn't melting. People coming here from foreign land now so aggressively defend their native culture that they fail to simply mix theirs in with ours to create a culture that is uniquely American yet a mix of where we came from. American culture should be a mix of all cultures, not a patchwork grab-bag of cultures desperately trying to seperate themselves from each other.

    See, you demonstrate how they know what it's like to be an American by telling me where they're from. What makes it great to be American is not where you've been, but where you can go. While the nationality of my parents and the place of my birth make me American legally, and while my ancestors make me American historically, what makes me American is where I can go. My dad's a finance expert, but I don't have to do that, because in America, you are not confined to the profession of your father. I am middle class, but I can become rich, because in America, you are not condemned to remain in the same income bracket as your parents. I can become anything I want, a CEO, a soldier, a business owner, a doctor, or even the President.

    America is not a country of the past. It is a country of the future. It is not about where we've been, but where we're going. It is not a country where people from around the globe preserve their culture, but a country where cultures from around the world come and share what they have to offer while seeing what other cultures have to offer them. It is the melting pot, not the salad bowl. It is the land of the free and the home of the brave. You talk to us about setting partisan politics aside while ranting and trolling about everything Bush does simply because Bush does it, or because Howard Dean does. Meanwhile, better people than you defend your right to say so while you try to stifle their efforts to bring the same freedom to a wounded country half a world away. You know nothing of what it means to be American. You degrade that title and those who fight for it every time you mention us a "Nazis" and "Soviets in their gulags." You might as well wipe your can with the flag for all you do to represent the true idea of America.

    229 years ago, greater men than you will ever be got together so they could form a nation where they were free from their past in Europe. Do not insult their memory by claiming Americanism is some form of pacifism which must succumb to the U.N. or some sick for of conglomeration where each neighborhood in the country is merely an extension of the residents' home country.

    You claim to know what it is to be American, while listing as example your right to protest America. This cannot be farther from the truth. This is the idea of America, the idea of being truly American is to set aside what disagreements you may have long enough to get the job done, something you clearly know nothing about if your downright offensive posts mean anything at all. Walk with a Jew through the Holocaust museum. Watch his/her face and realize what good America does when united for the benefit of the future, not divided because of the disagreements of the past. Then, maybe you'll figure out the true meaning behind this word you flaunt as if you know what it means.
     
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    I like this point. To me, it is pointless to trying and give my ancestry - although, for the record, I'm 3/8 Irish, 1/8 Scot, 1/4 German, 1/8 Dutch (isn't that weird?) and 1/8 American Indian, both Choctaw and Cherokee. But for at least five generations, and probably more, my ancestors have lived in America. On the last census form, I gave my ancestry as "American." I have no need to identify myself as anything else.

    Now, I can understand recent immigrants, or their children, identifying with their mother country. But for us to pretend that "American" is not a cultural identity all its own is ridiculous.
     
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    In other words i'm right and you had nothing to refute it, you're so easy to debate.
     
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    Since when have you even been right? You are a troll masquerading as a patriot.
     

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