Recognize and Celebrate American Culture
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If we don't have a powerful and positive culture, why are our movies, music and clothing so much in demand throughout the world? Why can you literally get rich selling used worn out blue jeans and broken down running shoes in Russia, Japan and other countries? Why do Chinese companies try to pirate every form of American software and media and constantly get into legal battles for not respecting international copyright laws? Why do people in foreign countries wait in horrendous lines to pay exorbitant prices for a BigMac, fries and a Coke? Face it, if we didn't have something good, the rest of the world wouldn't be frantically trying to obtain it. It is no accident that people in bad places risk their lives trying to find a way to sneak into our country.
What has our culture accomplished?
We applied the assembly line concept to the automobile industry (Ford). We invented personal computers (Gates/Jobs/IBM). We were the first to walk on the moon (Armstrong). We came out on top in WWI and WWII. We smashed Afghanistan in less than a year when the mighty USSR could not do it in a 10 year war that cost them a fortune and the lives of more 50,000 Soviet soldiers! We defeated both Spain and England, when our nation was in its infancy and when they were considered world powers. We've only been around for a couple hundred years and we heavily influence the globe! We have the largest economy, the strongest military, the best health care, the most respected universities, and one of the highest standards of living in the world! When countries need help recovering from a disaster, stopping a plague, exploiting inaccessible natural resources, finding a way to create food and fend off starvation, they turn to America. Even our defeated enemies are improved by contact with our nation and culture (we rebuilt Japan and Germany, helped develop Vietnam and Korea and are in the process of helping Afghanistan and Iraq).
Let's Celebrate and Preserve It!
It's about time people woke up and realized we have a good thing that it is worth preserving. Let's dump the political correctness, the liberal guilt complexes and embarrassment. Yes, our country killed off Native American Nations, bought and sold human beings like cattle and screwed up quite a few third world countries. So what? Past mistakes do not define our entire cultural identity! All nations and cultures have skeletons in their closets and have done things that were wrong, amoral and shameful. Much like people, nations make mistakes. The key is to learn from them and move on. Our past wrongs do not take away our right to acknowledge the good we have done. Teach your kids about what makes us special and why it is great to be an American. Make the July 4th a celebration of American Culture and Independence and not merely a day off from work. Teach your kids the meaning of the 4th of July, how people died giving birth to this country and defending our liberty and freedom. If you don't currently own slaves, haven't scalped any Indians lately and aren't conspiring to install a sadist dictator in a third world country, stand tall and be proud to be an American!
How do we strengthen and preserve our American culture?
Force new residents and citizens to learn English and legislate English as our national language. I learned and spoke Spanish when I lived in Central America and I expect people that move to my country to learn and speak my language. This is not racist, anti-Asian, anti-Hispanic or anything else bad. The fact is, the more we as citizens have in common with each other, the stronger we are as a nation and a culture. If we can't even talk to each other, how can we possibly understand each other and work together for our common good? Face it, people who can't speak passable English in this country don't lead wildly successful lives. I've had people who don't speak English do my gardening, clean my house, wash my car, serve me burgers, bag my groceries and even pump my gas but I've never had a doctor, lawyer, stock broker or boss who could not communicate in English. The ability to communicate in the dominant language is a pre-requisite for success and security in every country in the world.
It's about time we claim our heritage before it slips through our fingers. We are NOT a nation filled with "African-Americans", "Jewish-American" "Asian-Americans", "Mexican-American" or any other Hyphen-Americans, we are all simply Americans. Celebrating diversity can be a good thing but joining people from varying ethnic and religious backgrounds to form a cohesive national community is even better. Let's not lose sight of our group identity by focusing only on our differences. Make it illegal for anyone to document and track a person's race or religion on job applications, loan applications, college admission documents, etc. A color-blind and unified society will not exist until people start caring more about being a part of our nation and less about how their skin color, theology and sexual preference sets them apart.