From OBX to Balboa Park, I love this country. I suspect there are many people who do, but where are they? Where are the Smiths and Johnsons and Millers? Where are the Joneses with whom we are all supposedly trying to keep up? Have they all been lost to war? Certainly not! Our young country has participated in every major global conflict since its inception and managed to maintain a national identity. So I ask, where have all the Americans gone? This is a fair question.
I have nothing against those wanting to claim their ancestry. It makes an important statement about a person who wants to stay connected to their heritage, but seriously, do people really need a hyphenated citizenship? I’m American-American, by the way.
If you are an American, (hyphenated or not) who claims any pride of place whatsoever, why would you trash your country’s landscape? Why would you pollute its waterways? Why would you deplete its resources? AND if you claim to be an American leader, what purpose does it serve to polarize your country’s citizens to the point that they no longer recognize themselves as belonging to the human race?
These too, are fair questions.
For all of the talk that ethnicity, gender, and religious believes should not be a factor in decisions we make, we certainly do like to delineate which groups people belong to, and we segment ourselves in every bizarre way imaginable.
Gay/ not gay /not exactly sure until a celebrity we like comes out.
Religious/ not religious / merely spiritual / anti-everything others believe in while gripping the right to free speech with one hand and superiority equality with the other.
Vegetarian / vegan / against whatever you feel like protesting on any given day.
Pro life / Pro choice / Pro only what gets you elected / paid / laid
Yes, from Mobile Bay to Mount McKinley, from the Great Lakes across the Great Divide and beyond to where the Martian-Americans live, I love this country.
It’s Monday! I’m ready to face another week, are you?