What does it mean to be an American?
My new favorite trolling place is the Planned Parenthood Facebook page. I stumbled upon it while I was cross-posting my blog on contraception last week and have been absolutely fascinated (read: shocked) by the vile and nasty things they post that are completely unrelated to the sexual health and preventative care agenda they claim to carry out (Surprise!). It’s more of place to bash conservative legislators and a safe haven for sexual preference discussion (and I’m not talking about preference of partners).
One of their recent posts implied that in order to be 100% American woman, you need to believe in options and (absolute) freedom of women’s reproductive health.
It seems to be a widely held notion by the left that access to free stuff is what makes America, America. Naturally, I was irritated by this logic, so I asked some folks from near and far, of different political affiliations, races and religions what being an American means to them. Here are a few of the responses:
- “It means i among the luckiest people to have ever lived in the history of the planet.”
- “Really soon, I think it will mean ‘a fight to the death’.”
- “Being American, to me, means being free to earn one’s future through hard work, intellect, and a little bit of luck without having an overbearing government changing the rules every inning.”
- “Well to me… being an American means being free. I know that sounds so generic, but there’s a reason that I don’t live in the Middle East. I want to have the ability to be with and love whomever I desire, practice whichever religion I feel drawn to or maybe practice no religion at all. In my opinion, part of being an American is accepting other people for who they are and who they aspire to be. I’m not saying that everyone lives by this principle, but I feel and hope that our country continues to grow into it. One of the things that I love about our country is the amount of diversity that is among us. And I believe that is what it means to be an American.”
- “Being an American is being in an exceptional position that no other peoples in the history of Mankind have had the privilege. It is knowing that you are free. Free to succeed – or fail. Free to create – or not. Free to speak, think, interact, worship without suppression from any form of government.”
Interestingly enough…not one of those answers mentioned anything about reproductive health choices being a prerequisite for Americanism. I find it interesting that in a time when we are so divided, organizations are looking to ‘unite’ people over reproductive issues and claim a basis for being an American based on “freedoms” from consequences (abortion). Social issues in general need to be placed on the back burner while we work to revive our economy and restore our core principles that make America great. The last election is a prime example of misplaced priorities and a misunderstanding of Americanism. Before we can rebuild, it looks as if we need to re-teach 62,611,250 people (the number who voted for Obama) what it means to be an American.
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