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On Being an American - A Rant and a Blog

Saturday, August 04, 2012

For those of you not in America, sorry, feel free to ignore this Ranting Blog

Yesterday on Facebook several people posted a picture of Gabby Douglas with the caption "Congratulations on being the first African American to win Gymnastics All Around Gold".

Today everyone has some sort of hyphenated identity. They are either African-American, or Euro-American, or Italian-American, or Catholic-American, or Christian-American, or Jewish-American, or Gay-American, or Lesbian-American or Something-American. What ever happened to just being an American? (This is where we need an Interrobang! Look it up)

Everybody is a member of some sort of minority or even miniscule hyphen group. I myself am an English-Irish-Catholic-Yellow Jacket-Southern-Euro (that means white)- American. WOW! I bet I could go to a meeting every day just to keep in touch with all of my friends on the hyphen.

One of the ways that subversive groups take over a people or a country is to divide the population into small groups and then one by one, bring the small sects into the fold. It has worked throughout history. One need not look back too far to see it happen in the United States. In 1992 Bill Clinton did not seek to gain a majority of all of the voters but rather to assemble a coalition of minorities until he had achieved a plurality. That tactic worked well for him.

It would be in the best interest of America if all of its citizens were to simply remove the hyphen key from their keyboards and think of themselves as Americans. In "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" in about 1966, Sidney Potier says to his father, "When you look in the mirror you see a black man. When I look into the mirror, I see a man". We need to move beyond being conscious of what minority group we belong to and focus on who we are and that is Americans.

I am not advocating forgetting or ignoring ones past or heritage only not making it the central focus of your life.

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/5/2012 11:03AM

    So are those of us who are "Americans" without any hyphens in the majority or are we another minority ?
PS. Surprised to see you graduated from a single phrase/sentence. Congratulations!!

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PMFISH 8/4/2012 9:58PM

    I agree with you 100%! I am an American!

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ALDEBARANIAN 8/4/2012 7:34PM

    Actually, I have a hard enough time trying to figure out who I am and what I'm doing to worry much about what kind of "ism" or "hyphonism" i am; or any of the people i meet either. I kind of figure that putting people in a box is the basis of all prejudice. It may take more effort to get to know a person, rather than a straw man, but doesn't it make life a lot more interesting?

What are you - a/n ...-American, a truck driver, a bird watcher, obese - or a person?!

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LOSINGCOOKIES 8/4/2012 11:05AM

    I'm sorry but anytime a group of people have been oppressed it is important that they are acknowledged for their accomplishments. Whether they are African- American, Hispanic-American, women, or turtle it is a great achievement for America as well as the group their are representing. Yes, Gabby did a great job as an American but as a African- American she was able to accomplish what was not possible 50 - 60 years ago. That, my friend, is a big deal.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/4/2012 10:48AM

    My son (and my daughter) are both adopted from Korea. They are both naturalized citizens. My son is in the Army and is being deployed to Afghanistan. He IS a Korean-American, but he does identify himself as AMERICAN. I feel for him that acknowledgement of his ethnicity is important. Very important. My DD, well, she doesn't feel that way, and that's alright too. She's still an American and identifies herself as such.

Unfortunately, from where I sit, I have LOTS more to concern myself with than how somebody identifies themselves. My son is going to Afghanistan in 3 weeks to be embedded with the Ordinance Disposal Team (that means IED's, and unidentified explosive devices. Honestly, if he chooses to identify himself as Korean-American, I will honor that.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this just happens to be mine.

Thank you. Honestly, I think this is an important blog topic to post.

My thoughts and prayers for our soldiers and all of us families of these brave individuals willing to keep us free to BE whatever we want to be.

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PLMITCH 8/4/2012 10:45AM

    AMEN!

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DOLLFACEDX 8/4/2012 10:08AM

    Agreed! I am much more than my past or heritage! I am an American!!!!

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Reach Your Goals!

Friday, August 03, 2012

The power to reach your goals is within you right now.

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/3/2012 3:54PM

    Yes it is...

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1CRAZYDOG 8/3/2012 1:03PM

    Yes it is.

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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/3/2012 10:08AM

    I agree! emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 8/3/2012 9:55AM

    Love this! Thanks for the pre-weekend encouragement!

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Forgive!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
~ Lewis B. Smedes

  
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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/2/2012 4:43PM

    Powerful quote!
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/2/2012 2:32PM

    emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2012 10:58AM

    Powerful message! Thanks for sharing.

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LIN1111 8/2/2012 8:30AM

    Amen to that...Thank you for sharing this awesome quote...so very true....God Bless You!

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Reinvent Yourself!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Life is not ablout finding yourself. It is about re-inventing yourself!

~ Seen on a Bumper Sticker

  
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GARDENSFORLIFE 8/1/2012 8:06PM

    very true emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/1/2012 1:37PM

    Okay....

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KGWINDER 8/1/2012 11:24AM

    Oh I've reinvented myself alright, now it is about deconstructing that huge work!
Here's to setting it all aside one day at a time.
Best wishes on your journey!
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GODDESS-OVER 8/1/2012 10:47AM

    LOL....I was sooo looking forward to more. But I like the simplicity of this post. Less is more anyways! I agree! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2012 10:47AM

    That's called survival of the fittest!!

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Determine Where You Start!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.

~Nido Qubein

  
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KAYATLANTA2010 8/2/2012 8:31AM

    Love this quote! Thank you for sharing!
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MIPALADY23 8/1/2012 8:39PM

    Great!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/31/2012 1:07PM

    What a wonderful quote to keep us focus and dynamic on our journey!

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GARDENSFORLIFE 7/31/2012 10:07AM

    Powerful Quote!
Thanks for sharing this quote.
It is true and something for me to always keep in my mind.
This is why we must keep on pushing. emoticon

This is why we know we can make it happen. emoticon

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THEBETH43 7/31/2012 9:14AM

    Agreed

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MOTTAMAMALOU 7/31/2012 8:54AM

    So true!


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