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 right...to 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. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What is an American Part VI.



The White Hat

In the old American Westerns the good guy was easy to spot.  He wore a White Cowboy Hat.  He was always fighting for the little guy...saving the poor rancher...or tracking down a gang of desperadoes.  He seldom shot anyone and when he did...he tried his best just to wound them.  Of course that is the romantic view of things.

American's like to see themselves...and most importantly their Government...as being all about truth, freedom, justice. This is not to say that other countries can't wear a White Hat from time to time...but in America our brand of freedom..even in today's convoluted legal world...is still something people want.  Everyone wants to be the good cowboy.

When I was younger I would get upset when someone I looked up to...a White Hat wearer...did something that was wrong.  I felt that good people made all the right choices all of the time.  I had no idea that sometimes good people make the wrong choice...or that circumstances required they do something that would otherwise be considered wrong.

Americans are White Hat wearers.  In fact, we wear the White Hat better than anyone else...sometimes to our own detriment. Of course, we have gotten plenty of dust on our White Hat...but in the total picture our Hat is still gleaming.  

Now when you have on a big White Hat...some people like to sling mud at it.  In doing so, they only further the magic glow of the White Hat.  For instance, America practiced slavery.  Yes we did...and it was wrong.  Once we straightened that out we not only freed the slaves, but today their ancestors serve at the highest levels of our Government.  I can't think of another Government that has done the same thing?

Our warriors have committed war crimes.  Yes they have, and when discovered they have faced trial and met justice. Few other countries can make that claim.  We have laid waste to many of our enemies...and then stuck around to build them into strong and viable countries...using our money and resources.  I know of no other country that has done this.

We send our money out by the billions to help countries...some of whom have used that money to hurt us...but we do it anyway.  If people are hurting in need of food, medicine, clothing...Americans pitch in and send it. 

When we ride into town wearing our White Hat, we bring our love of freedom...desire to make our lives better with our own hands...sense of responsibility...and we believe everyone can have that.  Whether you wear your White Hat on the outside...or you wear it on the inside....All American's wear a big gleaming snow White Hat.