I want to thank my friend Amil for his response on the post below dedicated to his vision. There was a time whan most of us took pride in being American. There were always far left subversives and racial power nuts, but the vast majority of us considered Americanism as a source of pride.
The far left likes to talk about xenophobia. Now to those who are stupid this is not the fear of Xena. America does not need lectures from Europeans or leftists about foreigners. Even in a remote section of VT I can visit several Chinese stores and a Pakistani gas station. One of the motels is owned by an Indian and this is a isolated section. If I were in NYC with UI or Jason I could visit almost every ethnic group except for Native American. I would have to travel a few hundred miles and I could visit a reservation if I had a reason. Americans do not need lectures about internationalism from Euros.
However, Americanism is more than a word it is commitment to our country or values.
In America we do not need lectures about freedom as we live it. Even the typical complaints from the far left are mostly trivial, gay marriage and Falwell or Robertson's stupidity of the week.
Amil takes pride in America and it is obvious in his writings that he values our ideals and freedoms. It is important for many of you to understand Persia had a history of tolerance long before it was fashionable elsewhere. Islam itself enters Persia by conquest and imposed an alien culture of intolerance. This may seem odd but at one point the Mongols viewed the system of bigoted Islamic Jim Crow laws to be barbaric and eliminated them.
The other amusing anecdote is Euros calling Americans inbred. Many of us are multi ethnic especially Uptown Steve who is also partially white and Native American. I think Mr Beamish has around three or four ethnicities and Warren roughly the same.
I am one of the few that has just one ethnicity.
Amil reminds all of us of the pride that the vast majority of immigrants used to feel upon arrival. My grandparents considered being an American an honor. One sees the same spirit in your Korean businessman or your Indian IT professional. Even amongst immigrants the gulf between legal and illegal is wide.
There are exceptions to this pride in being America. One can look at a Peace Protest and see Communists and Muslim extreemists. Communists by definition are parasites and advocate the violent overthrow of our govenment. Revolutionary defeatism is a tactic that dates back to Lenin.
The main problem presented by over the top rhetoric by Muslims at protests and in some of the Mosques is free speech does not include criminal acts. If you are upset about cartoons or satire protest or even make your own satire. Making violent threats
is not free speech and should be prosecuted. My problem is that this country hasn't prosecuted anyone for treason or sedition in a long time.
I am an American and this is something I state with pride. My brothers and sisters come in all races, religions and ethnicities, some even wear gasmasks. Amil has embraced our spirit better than many of those who were born here.