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1 year 2 weeks ago, 2:47 PM

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The title of this little rant, is spelled in a somewhat strange manner, purposefully.

There is no doubt on my part, that the USa is the greatest country on the face of the earth.

We talk of our national solidarity being broken, and at the same time talk of "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM". IMO, this is insanity.

Our national sense of solidarity has been gravely weakened BECAUSE we have lost the sense of where we came from. Brilliant men [YES, I said MEN] like Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and the like, AND the founders of thirteen original "colonies", produced a beautifully constructed Declaration of why we must break from British oppression. And further, they created a revolutionary concept, never before considered----that human rights come from the Creator, NOT Royalty; and from this bedrock foundation, they produced the Constitution of the UNITED STATES of America, unsurpassed in validity, over the test of time, and the model for neophyte nations,[despite SCOTUS Judge Ginsburg's idiotic personal opinion].
And so, we became "The UNITED STATES" of [the Northern Continent of] America. Why, in the name of the Creator, are we such sloppy thinkers as to confuse GEOGRAPHY with NATIONHOOD!? Does Canada? Does Mexico? Do the central American countries? Do the south American countries? "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM" was initiated by the brilliance of our founders, and how they mediated the great success of a young, growing nation. To be sure, our success was characterized by MANY failures, but our "blueprint" helped us to learn, grow and develop.
I say to you, my friends and fellow Patriots, we are allowing our schools to overlook the education of our children about WHERE WE CAME FROM,[ and requiring them to understand and value it], If they do not understand how valuable that has made our existence as a great and good [but not perfect] nation, we will lose our internal cohesion, and descend into the depths of just another nanny state which eventually will disintegrate in the attempt to satisfy the existing and emerging ME generations.
I say to you, further--the first step is to conceive of ourselves and our nation as unique and discrete--[as a great man once said language controls thinking!!] We are NOT "Americans"--We are citizens of the country called THE UNITED STATES. As to what we should call ourselves, I am not smart enough to suggest at present, but I promise to think about this challenge. If you agree, perhaps you might try also.
I invite any criticism, and/or opinions on the matter, and wish you, once again: [Rant Over]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to THE UNITED STATES of america.

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
1 year 2 weeks ago, 5:50 PM

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happy birthday

U S A .....................................................................

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1 year 2 weeks ago, 8:50 PM

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It seems to me we have had a discussion on this subject before on gunslot,and i think i remember someone calling themselves a "unitedstatesian" instead of american.I think the the best we can do,without using the old "American" label is to say (U.S. citizen)in its place,or for instance I would be a "Californian american"or "American of/from california".A simpler way would be to simply call Myself a Californian,this would by proxy imply that i was a resident or citizen of both the state of California and therefore the United States of America,but people worldwide would then possibly be confused due to the lack of knowledge of the names and or locations of our United States as individual States,just as we can be with states/provinces/or whatever in Canada,or the U.K. etc. I,however incorrect it may be, have always liked being simply"American" just fine,even though it is literally as descriptive and specific a term as saying hello im: european,asian,or african.....anyway happy independence day to all citizens of the U.S.A, whatever you choose to call yourselves!Thank a serviceman if you can,and remember what the pretty fireworks are meant to remind us of!

good post LLE

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1 year 2 weeks ago, 4:03 AM

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It IS a conundrum!! Canadians are NORTH American, and 48 US States are North American, Alaska is FAR North American, while Hawaii and Guam are central ?Pacific? and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are ? North Carribean?

So much for illustrating how mixing geography into nationhood can confuse words that depict citizenship.

I think we DID discuss this before, on GS, and at that time, I settled on USa'an--short for USamerican.............Oh, well--------
I disagree that terms like European, Asian and African convey the same level of meaning as "American" does NOW. The former are geographic in character and beg the questions--where or what country, while the latter tells most people "USA".

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
1 year 2 weeks ago, 7:51 AM

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get irritated when we refer to ourselves as Americans. To them, we are Norte Americanos, North Americans. I do not subscribe to the belief that people should be idwentified by their continent. To say someone is African, for example, can cover a lot of area. Egyptians are Africans, as are Tunisians, and Libyans. Call them Africans instead of Arabs, though, and get ready for a fight. I call myself an American not to identify my continent or even my country, but to describe my heart and soul. Being American is, to me, an identity that goes beyond borders, ethnicity or natural geographic boundaries. When I refer to myself as an American, I still get tingles and sometimes ( as now), a bit misty-eyed because I have seen the way much of the rest of the world is and I I understand that even for our faults throughout history and our struggles today, we are still a culture made up of the best the world has to offer. I have absolutely no hesitation or regret in saying we are far superior to any group of people on this planet, and I have a very simple way to prove it. With all the other nations forming coalitions to help free various countries from tyranny and opression throughout the last 237 years, how many images have you seen of newly freed people waving flags other than ours? Not many.

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1 year 2 weeks ago, 6:07 PM

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It is difficult for me to understand why our founders saw fit to modify the meaning of the name "The United States" by geography. There were no other existing countries, at the time, named The United States of anything. So from whence came the need to differentiate our neophyte country, just because some cartographers happened to decide upon using Amerigo Vespucci's name as his memorialization for "finding" the western hemispheric continents [after Columbus]? Yes, if anything, it should have been "Columbia", [North, Central and South], as in the song, "Columbia the Gem of the Ocean".

It is probably much too late to overcome the well-conditioned, reflexive meaning of the words "America" and "American". And I admit, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been born and raised here, to have had the privilege to serve and defend this nation, and to be able to call myself whatever the name is for one who has done that!!

BEST IN THE WORLD, without a doubt..............

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