Sunday, May 22, 2011

What is an American? Conclusion

What They Say, What We Say.

I love America more than any other country in this world; and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.  James Baldwin

What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."  Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.  William J. Clinton

Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.  Woodrow Wilson

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.  Adlai Stevenson

If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.  Geraldine Ferraro

We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.  John F. Kennedy

Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
A. Lincoln

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' Liberty's teeth.
G. Washington

Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other
J. Adams

Do not separate text from historical background.  If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
J. Madison

I think the most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that".
Garrison Keillor 

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.
Theodore Roosevelt

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
E. E. Cummings

America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to "the common good", but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
Ayn Rand

American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it.
Dave Barry

There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing.
Gamal Abdel Nasser

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
A. E. Housman

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
Daniel Webster

An American is the world...we came from the old world...developed and nurtured the power of humankind...then set it free to do what it felt was chase a dream, and with our own hands catch it and in the process share it with others.  We are the best and worst of the world...but most importantly we are a free people who believe that all people should be free.  We give the lives of our young to save the opressed...we give our money to help the poor...we rebuild the broken buildings and lives of others. 

That is what an American is. 

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