Who is an American?

My thoughts this morning, August 1, 2016:
America is not a color. America is not a race. America is not a culture of any specific kind. America is an idea. America is the idea of justice, freedom, equality, even of love.

I am not an American because I am a white woman born in Georgia. I am an American because I believe in justice for all equally, because I believe in the pursuit of happiness for all equally, because I believe that we are better together than as individuals, the premise on which civilization and self-government, itself, is based.

Donald Trump, from that understanding, is not an American. Barack Obama is an American, wherever he was born. Hillary Clinton, with her penchant for public service and giving back to others, and with her understanding of what an American is as I stated above, should be elected as the next American President. America is an idea that will reach out and cover this globe. Thanks be to God for giving us the ability to love and the ability to contain ideas.

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4 Responses to Who is an American?

  1. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    The statement “we are better together than as individuals” is actually pretty vague. If it means we are better off with voluntary cooperation based on reason than we are without it, I agree wholeheartedly. If it means anything that subordinates the individual to the collective, I emphatically disagree.

  2. It means that with reason and with higher spiritual consciousness that humankind will not only see the mutual advantage of recognizing that we must work together to survive together on this planet and that we are are neighbors’ keeper and he/she is also ours. We will need to come together for our mutual survival in harmony, and not of division, for those purposes. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt shared that vision for humankind and so does Barack Obama. See his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech in 2009.

    Also, this may be of interest, which I had written elsewhere: “On Wednesday evening, February 10, 2016, I watched an outstanding and revealing 2-hour documentary on WGTV, Channel 8, Public Television in Atlanta. The name of the documentary is ‘Humanity from Space’ and it was released in 2015. Please see it if you can when it is broadcast again. This broadcast shows dramatically how all people are interconnected on our planet, through electricity, air, rail, car, and ship travel, internet communication, shared concerns such as climate change, overpopulation, food and water supplies conserved and managed for the planet, as well as energy, which effects climate, which affects us all. As Martin Luther King, Jr. had told us: ‘We must live together as brothers or we will die together as fools.’ We truly have become one on this planet of ours which we will have to conserve together. The population level throughout the globe, that had taken 1000s of years to grow, in the last 150 has doubled, and in the next 50 years will double once again until we have 9 billion people on our planet then, and that exponential increase in population growth will continue.”

    • dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

      I disagree with the idea that “we are our neighbors’ keeper and he/she is also ours”. We must refrain from physically aggressing against one another, directly or indirectly, but we are not obligated to keep one another.

      • “Keeper” is figurative language taken from the Bible which more literally means that we will care about the misfortune of other human beings and do something to alleviate that other human being’s misfortune, as he would do for us. It also encompasses the idea that “there but for the grace of God, go I.” In other words, we must try to understand the plight of others with depth and care for others as we care for ourselves (in that which we individually can do for others) because we are one with our neighbors – or one with all other human beings, spiritually. God is father of us all, all of us human beings.

        My views are more spiritually based than yours, I believe. Thank you, nevertheless, for the dialogue and for being interested enough in my blog to read it, dbm.

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