The Federal Government has posted the largest monthly deficit in American history, $223 billion. That same administration thinks they need to spend more. They tell the taxpayers that we must tighten our belts while they spend.
The government is telling us that our military leadership is too White, too male, not reflecting race, ethnicity and gender as it should. Too many people in America look out their windows and don't see Americans, they see hyphenated people. Why can't those standing in in the court square shouting "we are all Muslims now" in response to Rep. Peter King's upcoming hearings on the radicalization of individuals in the U.S. simply say "we are all Americans". You want to know the reason?
Answer: Because we are NOT all Americans first, too many are something else first. Too many in this country do not see themselves as proud citizens of this country, they see themselves as Hispanic-Americans, gay-LGTB-Americans, organized-union-Americans, and on and on. You name it, you can hyphenate it and thus continue to cause divisions. The hyphen becomes more important than the American.
Any person not of your particular hyphenated group then becomes the enemy or at the least a less worthy American. Many unionized Americans feel the non-unionized laborers owe them greater benefits, greater salaries. Like the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper, only different:
Today, we see the same fable acted out in the battle between the Public Sector Unions (the grasshopper) with their unsustainable benefit and pension funds and the ants who are really the taxpayers. The sad part about this fable is that the ant’s aren’t working for themselves, they are working to pay the taxes that support excessive (compared to the private sector) benefit/pension packages. They also work to pay the part of the salary that is deducted for the union dues and goes to fill the coffers of the Democratic Party. (from A Shortage of Ants, by GM Roper)
Some non-White and non-heterosexual hyphenated individuals believe others owe them special privileges, easier entry into colleges, special scholarships, and in the case of the non-heterosexual groups some even expect others to accept their alternative lifestyle as normal.
In politics we can no longer disagree with those whose beliefs are different. Some violently attack the candidate, the politician, and their wives, families and even attack their children. The label becomes more important than anything.
I urge all Americans to think about this hyphenated era we live in. In years past a hyphenated American was a derogatory thing, something ugly and negative, not as fully American as "unhyphenated" citizens, and it was an ugly thing.
Today being a hyphenated American is sought after, it is a badge of courage, it separated the holder from the rest. Being different is desired. The odder the better.
John Wayne wrote a poem which he read on radio concerning the hyphenated American as it related to nationalized citizens, called "The Hyphen". I think his words can be applied to all hyphenated Americans whether it be religious, political, sexual, whatever. In part he said "If you use The Hyphen as a wall, You'll make your life mean ... and small. An American is a special breed. ... United we stand...divided we fall. We're Americans...and that says it all." Or at least it should. But it doesn't.
We are so hyphenated, so divided into so many little, vying groups that we no longer have a unique American culture or unique American view. We cannot go on this way and thrive as a nation.
Until we start thinking like Americans and Americans only, this country is doomed. Until we start doing what is best for the country as one entity, and not like thousands of little sub groups of individuals all with their own wants, we can never continue to grow as we were founded.
In my opinion there should be no special groups, no special interests, none. We need to completely do away with special rights for special sub groups. We are a nation divided and this must change.