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PROUD TO BE AMERICAN
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D.J.-EAST TEXAS    Posted 07-04-2002 at 11:07:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
!Hip Hip Hooray!!
Finally, someone has said what I think has been on every American's mind! This is an editorial written by an American citizen, published in a local newspaper.

"IMMIGRANTS, NOT AMERICANS, MUST ADAPT!!"

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture, here in the USA. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust
from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand.

This idea of America, being a multi -cultural community, has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of
men and women who have sought freedom.

We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! ENGLISH."In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian
men and women, of Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consideranother part of the world as your new home, because God is and always will be part of our culture.

If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. Remember, "Delta is ready when you are and they
can have you there by nightfall".

This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle.Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But, once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage
you to take advantage of one other great American freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.

If you agree with this message, pass it on . If you don't agree, pass it on anyway.This is AMERICA, after all!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY


M. Adkins    Posted 07-08-2002 at 12:12:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I viewed this message board for the first time today and I am very glad that I did. This post really hit home.
Too many people do not appreciate the freedom that we have or how we got it. It is really sad the number of people around me that really don't have a clue. For alot of the people around here Independance day is just an excuse to party. Most do not stop and think of what it takes to have this independance or who we should thank for it.
I do everything that I can to pass on the pride that I have for this country to my children. I think its working. My wife works at a nursing home and had to work on the 4th. I took my nine and eleven year old up to visit with some of the residents. They spent time with one man who is a WWII vet and from what my wife says does not talk about it much but when my son and daughter thanked him for doing his part so that we could celebrate another 4th, he got up from his chair with a tear in his eye and went to his closet to show my kids his Purple Heart, Silver and Bronze Star as well as a bullet that was removed from him when he was captured at the Buldge.
This freedom was not free for us. It just irritates me when people take advantage of this country and infringe on the rights and freedom that we and our ancestors paid for.


Candy Martinez    Posted 07-06-2002 at 11:02:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Intersting,interesting..
I'm a puertorican living in PR, and i was born in Chicago.My father moved from PR to Chicago in 1950,his brothers were already working in Palmer House Hotel, they told him he could have a good job there, so there he went and got the job.
My mother was still living in PR when both her parents died. She was 15y/o. Her brothers had a nice job in Palmer House and thought they could take care of their baby sister.So...there she went.By the way , they did not meet in PR. [are you guys bored? ,hang on.]One day she went to the hotel to see her brothers in their workplace and when she was comming up in the elevator she met my father ,he was comming down with her brothers.So that's how the meet.Got married two years later and 9 months later i was born,or so they say.
My father's job in the hotel was taking care of big business; the kitchen toilets and floors. Any way, he was working his heart out,english was no problem for them, and as you all know,we are american citizens. But they decided that if they were to work so hard to get where my father wanted, they would come back to PR and get it done here.
Three months after i was born they where back to PR. And let me tell you, i've been inmensely greatful to them for it. I grew up in the kitchens of big hotels here, but he got where he wanted to.He got there,yeah..
Not everybody has the chance to go back, a lot of my family is still living in Chicago and some of them got their college degree in many fields ; politics,sports,hotel administration ,music, you name it.But yes, some will live their lives complaining, whining and griping, and not only foreigners,it's the same all over the world,for centuries and many,many generations.I lived in Charleston, San Antonio and Panama, i also travel a lot, i'm a travel agent, so i know what i'm talking about,or i would like to think so.I also know a lot of "Americans" living in PR,some have been here for ages because their company sent them,some are living here because they thought they could do better in PR , and some of them never learned spanish.
Bottom line is some people will always find something to complaint about,wether a foreigner or not.If your family is being there for five centuries already and you need to turn your whining/mode on? you'll complaint about politics and so on.
Now i'm married to a Dutchman and he is living in PR.We met somebody from Holland also and he can't stop complaining about our way of life,our roads, our police system and blah , blah, blah...you name it,he'll find something to complaint about, so when i read PROUD TO BE AMERICAN i sent it to him.Haha...we'll see what his answer will be.

Regards to you all!!

PS; my english is not very good yet,so please excuse my grammar horrors.


Burrhead    Posted 07-06-2002 at 12:47:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Candy my hat is off to you. Please don't let the grumbling by the folks mislead you.

They cry about everything anyway.


bob    Posted 07-04-2002 at 19:51:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
perfect for our birthday.Now to spread the word


kraig WY Hummmm    Posted 07-04-2002 at 18:28:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Somebody's been reading my mail. My sentiments exactly. Thanks and who ever's on my mailing list get ready cause here it comes.


Clem    Posted 07-04-2002 at 11:42:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I couldn't agree more!! Thanks for posting that!


Dennis    Posted 07-04-2002 at 11:37:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank You,and, ONE NATION "UNDER GOD"


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