"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Friday, May 05, 2006

On Americanism

Wandering around in a somewhat aimless manner I stumbled across a link at Red Hot Cuppa Politics for Wizbang. What is Wizbang? I'm not 100% sure yet, but go there and find out for yourself.

Anyway, one of the groups accepting new members/authors is the Wizbang Bomb Squad, it's latest post is very worthy of sharing:

Recent events have given me cause to ponder.

What Does it Mean to be an American?

Being an American is more than an accident of birth. More than a few who were born within the territorial limits of the United States of America, and who are citizens in the eyes of the law, frankly are not Americans. The fault, and it is indeed a grave fault, is entirely their own.

Americans are self selected.

Americans, or their ancestors, chose to come here. More importantly, Americans choose to identify ourselves as "Americans." Just that, and no more.

Theodore Roosevelt famously and brilliantly stated that:

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts "native" before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.

[Emphasis added]

Truer words were never spoken.

Americans are those who choose to be Americans. They are Americans without hyphen, caveat, or exception. Their sole allegiance is to the United States of America.

Nothing else matters in that regard. Not color of skin, nor nation of birth, nor gods worshiped, nor mother tongue.

And I will go one step further.

The only distinction I will recognize between Americans is this: Any American who supports, if needs be with their very life, the Constitution of the United States ( as it is, not as it may be) is my brother or sister.

They are mine and I am theirs.

To those who live within the borders of these United States, I have a message: Be an American, or be something else somewhere else.


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