Monday, May 2, 2011

May 1 - International Day of the Workers
May 1, 1945 - death of Hitler announced
May 1, 2011 - death of bin Laden announced
I like May 1 -
I cannot expect people to have my life experiences - but I can expect people to know right from wrong.  My views in large measure are influenced by my life - I grew up  with friends whose parents or grandparents survived the holocaust - this influences how you think.  I have seen the tattooed ID numbers placed on these people.  It stays with you.  This is why I know only in unity can the US move forward and protect our liberties.
My piece below was written days after 9/11.  It is something I am proud of - my brain does not function in a way which gives me a command of words such as a great writer.  But it does give me perception and critical thinking skills which allows me to understand issues and facts in an objective way.  A skill lost on journalist and analyst alike.  It is sad to see what has happened to American journalism.  The ability to place a comma in the right place has become more important than the story itself or the ability to reason or think critically.
I was not planing on this post - but in light of the events of the last 24 hours I think it is right on.  I did post earlier a simple election comment - tomorrow will be something more controversial - but not today - a day of celebration for America's resolve

What is and is not being an American is an issue of great debate in light of 9/11. What it is to be an American can be seen in America's landscape. America's majesty is in its diverse landscape, and so too its people. Whether it is the beauty of America's Fall colors, or the blossoming of a yucca cactus, America is diverse from shore to shore.

America's diversity is not limited to Fall colors or one cactus. Even within its trees and cacti there is no universality. They are all different is size, shape, and color. Such is the nature of being an American. We are a diverse people. We have many values and many cultures. America's culture is a culture of blending of cultures and separation of cultures. Tacos and burritos are now as American as apple pie. So too is the egg roll, and pizza. Is it not true that pita bread is fashionable? Such is the nature of our blending. But yet, while we may blend in public, traditional cultural values appear to survive in the home. This is part of America's greatness.

How can a people so diverse be one? The answer is simple, as Americans we all value liberty and economic opportunity. As Americans we have learned to blend these two basic concepts into many subcultures, with these concepts binding the whole.

As Americans we understand that 9/11 was an attack on "We The People", because "We the People" are America. Americans of all shapes, sizes, and colors came together and resolved in their minds "We Shall Prevail" Such as the cacti and trees, while they are different in many ways, they are also the same - a tile in the mosaic known as the American Landscape.

On 9/11, to me it did not matter that I believe that America's politics of brutal colonial oppression led to 9/11. On 9/11 what mattered most to me was that being an American had little to do with how we feel about our governmental policies, it was about "We the People" being attacked. With rare exception "We the People" set aside our political beliefs to stand in defense of "We the People." We put aside our differences because as Americans we are Americans first and Democrats, Socialists, Republicans, Independents, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Jew, Christian, Muslim, whatever, second.

You are an American when you understand that America accepts all people, all values, all opinions, and all cultures which can live in harmony within America's blending of cultures, values, opinions etc, and individualism at once. BEING AN AMERICAN IS NOT ABOUT TOLERANCE OF DIVERSITY, BUT THE EMBRACING OF DIVERSITY WITH THE COMMON GOAL OF LIBERTY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.


Anonymous said...

Very, very nice! Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Please remind your readers to Vote.

Anonymous said...

I'm just there actually..ANYONE inchange of communuications for the White House?

How can you go from the single biggest triumph your boss has had in his Presidency, to making him look like a fool over photos of the dead guy?


Are these the same people who witheld a birth certificate for two years?

How did that tactic work out for you?

BobbyWC said...

While I appreciate your participation in the discussion I am not sure I agree with you on the photo - they met and made a national security decision to not release the phote - if anything I think the President showed leadership by taking his time and allowing the experts to assess the situation

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Mr Bobby,
The fact of the matter is that there is no longer this evil, vile person on the face of this earth. I, like many Americans cheered when I heard the news of his death.

September 11, 2001 was a horrific day in our nation's history, embedded in our minds forever, and still continues to affect those who lost loved ones & friends on that fateful Tuesday morning.

I read this somewhere shortly after September 11, 2011 & it's stayed with me since:

"A good soldier is fueled not by the hate he sees before him, but rather the love he feels behind him."

Thank you ALL servicemen/women here & around the world for continuing to serve on our behalf! May God keep you safe!

BobbyWC said...

My all time favorite post - thanks

Bobby WC