The United States of America is known around the world as AMERICA.
There is a country called America and you, dear Citizen of the United States, live in it.
That you, dear reader, personally, choose to refer to it in your preferred PC choice of wording does not negate the fact that America is a known entity.
Semantics and pedantry.
The correct term for a Citizen of America would be and is U.S. Citizen. The country is known colloquially as AMERICA.
Yes, it has much to do with one’s political bent. Only politically correct Americans who tow the Liberal Party line want to say that AMERICA is the incorrect manner to which one should refer to this country.
The citizens of the United Soviet Socialist Republic did not refer to themselves as United Soviets. The People of the Democratic Republic of China do not refer to themselves as Democratic Republicans. The people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan do not refer to themselves as Islamic Republicans. Each respectively referred to themselves as Russians, Chinese and Afghans.
Mexico is the Republic of Mexico. People from Mexico are called Mexican. Canada is the, as far as I can tell, simply called Canada. Folks from Canada are called Canadians. It’s not difficult to follow this. If Canadians and Mexicans wish to call themselves America because they hail from the Americas, good for them. I have no problem with this. It would confuse the hell out of everyone and they’d spend half of their time explaining that they are Mexicans from the Americas and, therefore, Mexicans who are Americans or Americans who are Mexicans. However, that would be their prerogative and I’d not be concerned about it.
I refer to myself as an American. When folks ask me from whence I hail, I answer; “America.” Unless I want to be difficult and then I’ll say; “Thailand.” Because I live in Thailand now.
Every time that I have tried the Liberal Politically Correct usage of “United States” as an answer, I have received a blank look upon which I always have to expound by saying; “America.” At the stating of the word “America” in answer to my national origin, I am always rewarded with some semblance of “Oh, OK. You’re American.”
To repeat, one can always tell a Liberal American traveling the world by how he/she refers to themselves. If an American uses the term “United States” in answer to “Where are you from?;” there is a 99% chance that that person voted for Clinton, Gore or Obama in the last few Presidential elections.
Having traveled all over the world, I can say this with certainty. Only a politically correct Liberal refuses to call themselves an American. Then there are the cowards who will tell folks that they are from Canada.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison all referred to themselves as Americans. I shall defer to their provenance in this matter over the latter day “shame interpretation” of our national identity by any Politically Correct Liberal “United Statesian.”
These children had no idea to what they were pledging allegiance. What Five, Ten or Thirteen year old could or would? They’d have to be wise beyond their years and, if that were the case, they’d never pledge allegiance to a flag.
Pledge to know, protect and uphold the Constitution? Perhaps.
Pledging allegiance to a symbol that at any moment and to any person could mean anything. I think not.
This does not take into account the fact that the pledge was authored by a socialist. Nor does it take into account “GoD” being later added in order that children may be coopted forcibly into the Christian religion.
This in a state that is supposedly opposed to socialism and is supposed to be a Nation opposed to religious establishment or preference. The United States Bill of Rights guarantees Freedom of Religion. Even the founding fathers were fans of a multiplicity of religious belief in our nation.
“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation…All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens;” wrote George Washington.
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”- Thomas Jefferson
“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine
[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.” — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776
“If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews or Christian of an[y] Sect, or they may be Atheists.” George Washington
The Founders of this Nation were accepting of all peoples. They found no need for a pledge to the flag under which they fought for Independence from Britain.
Yet, somehow, 200 years removed, Americans find themselves in need of a test, a pledge for citizenship.
The founder likewise accepted all persons as newcomers to this nation. Yet, today, we want no part of new peoples who are escaping poverty and destitution, despotism and tyranny. Today’s American is too good for the immigrant, too fearful of the immigrant, too greedy to share of their bounty.
I dare say that both the Founders of this Nation and the GoD whom Christians worship would be ashamed of these Americans.
But, pledge away, simple people. Pledge away. And pray that your GoD is not real. For if this GoD of the Christian Bible is real, surely there is another plague, another great flood, another calamity heading your way.
The pity is that you’ll drag me along with you. Oh, iniquitous, prideful fools.
Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Day Proclamation:
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our sasety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
(signed) G. Washington
I honestly do not know how folks on the left can read the writings of our Founding Fathers and come away with the notion that America was not founded and intended to be, in character, a Christian Nation. Regardless of my reservations with Christianity and Christians themselves, I can not, in good conscience, deny that our Founders believed in a more or less Judeo-Christian God and desired greatly to see our Nation carry on that tradition. To say otherwise is intellectual dishonesty.
I listen to the news today. I hear America including friends and family talking politics. I’m constantly bewildered at the perfection that the average imperfect American expects from their leaders. Adultery is pretty common in American life. Yet, when a Politician or Leader is found lacking in this area of personal discipline and marital fidelity, he is crucified. Often enough, he is crucified by people who are guilty of the same transgressions. This is pure hypocrisy. I’m sure it’s common outside of our borders as well. This is about us, though. Not Africe, Asia or Europe. I know not one perfect person in America. Not one. Neither Jesus nor Mohammad are with us right now. Nor is Siddhartha the Shakyamuni.
Yet, we have this strange obsession with the faults of politicians and business leaders and any person who becomes a sensation or a “star” in the American galaxy. We obsessively place these folks on pedestals and then just as obsessively knock them off. The Fall seems to be more eagerly followed than the rise.
Looking back through our history, I can not find one of our heroes or leaders who would endure unscathed the microscope of paparazzi and gossip magazines and talk television of our era.
This begs the question. What amount of talent has gone wasted. How many highly qualified people has this intense scrutiny stolen from our republic. How much that once would have been freely and happily given is no longer offered because of the hassle of having your life scrutinized from top to bottom. From head to toenails.
What great person has remained in the shadows because he’s gay or likes an occasional joint or a imbibes a bit too heavily for the hypocrits of mainstream America.
What have we lost due to this insane phenomenon of parasitic vicarious couch dwelling?
As H.L. Mencken makes perfectly clear in the scanned page above, George Washington would have been driven out of town by the townsfolk with their torches and pitchforks. He’d have been called a drunkard, an Atheist, a profane scoundrel of the worst sort — A Business Man. The old Man even had a thing for the young pretty ladies.
George Washington is the Father of America. More so than any other. He is the Great Man. The Indispensable Man in the pantheon of the Creation Mythology of America. Yet, today, he would be a pariah. What have we lost because of our inability to accept imperfection in others that is innate in ourselves. I believe that too much has been lost.