“America” is a mindset and concept as much as it is a country.
There are those who are of this mindset and those that aren’t and only benefit, as Bill Maher said, by riding “on the coattails of past generations.” I recently read a post by the Liberal Hypersomniac about a New York Times article called Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge. Those that simply live in America may be. “Americans” who understood what it means to have that title, are not.
That is to say, there’s more to being “American” than just being born here or becoming naturalized.
Being a citizen makes you part of “America” the country. Being hard working, resourceful and attempting to become successful while improving yours and your fellow man’s quality of life gets you to “America” the mindset. There was, for a time, in the nation’s history where the two were inseparable, but that period ended sometime after the 70’s. The “Me Generation” of the late 70’s (no offense to you all) have pretty much boiled away a lot of “America” the mindset.
But that’s OK.
You had the right think what you want, feel what you want, or not feel what you want (with enough pharmaceuticals). Now we get to see how strong this country is as a self-supporting entity by collecting itself off the floor of anti-intellectualism and selfishness and see where it’s population came from, what made it great, is it still great, and what those new denizens have contributed to build “America”, the mindset.
Glory, Status and Power are a lot like water. You will have plenty of it while it rains and last long if you replenish and conserve. But keep drinking away and throwing away without care as to where it came from and why, and you will suffer a drought from which you will never recover.
Let’s not just say to every country on Earth, that this is the greatest, let’s start acting in a manner that will allow us to earn the title.
I thought some people will get a kick out of this…