Those who are trying to denigrate Thanksgiving are part of the PC
crowd. And the PC
movement is made up of people who, on one hand, think that they have a right not to be offended by anyone, yet at the same time, is always coining new phrases that make sure that they WILL be offended, unless someone follows their definitions. It's a deliberate paradox that makes sure they have some kind of political power.
As for some PC
terms. I have a scenario for you: if a white man, who come to the United States from the nation of Zimbabwe, decided to become an American citizen, passes all the tests, and is granted U.S. citizenship, who is more "African-American"? This white man, or a black person who has never set foot in Africa, and doesn't know the first t hing about Africa. Now, try to use your pathetic PC
terms on that one.
There's a problem with PC
mentality, people. It has been born out of a mindset that the U.S. is the bad guy-that it always has been, and always will be. From the war with the Indians to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all the way up to the civil rights struggle. Well, that is far from the truth. But it's convenient to the PC
crowd, again, not in a quest for civility and equal rights, but in an attempt to bully others to revise history to meet their dislike of the United States. You have to take history as a whole, not as a part. The U.S., like every nation, has its historical warts-the slaugther of many American Indians is in that group; as is slavery; as was the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during WWII. But we have our great achievements as well-the establishment of democratic government; the large role we played in defeating Fascism in WWII; the achievement of putting men on the moon; the industrial revolution.
Taken as a WHOLE, American history is a rich, successful one, with some very high moments, and some that we should not be proud of. But taken as a WHOLE, we have every RIGHT to be proud of our history, of our nation, of our heritage as Americans. But when the PC
crowd tries to pick and choose historical moments in an attempt to try to embarrass Americans, and attempt to make them feel guilty-and try to bury beneath the weight of manure of half-truths and revisionism, they don't denigrate Americans, they end up showing themselves as bitter people, who have nothing better to do than try and divide people, instead of working to unite them.
This is a great nation. We have a lot to be thankful for, this day, as Americans. If you, as an American, are ashamed of your heritage and history, then why are you still even here? If you hate America so much, why not go somehwere else? This nation, warts and all, has made it possible for YOU to be bitter; to hate the history you try so hard to pervert and revise, and to do so without fear of being imprisoned or worse. The fact that you can do so in freedom and without fear defeats your argument that the U.S. is a big, bad nation. It shows how truly great this nation is.
Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans who are proud of the United States. Happy Thanksgiving to those who can look with pride on our history, and put both the good and bad of our history into appropriate context, and do so without malice towards others.
I am an American. As native as any other American. I'm very fortunate that I was blessed to be born in this nation, and I will never be anything but proud to be an American.
edited to remove a paragraph.
[Edited 2007-11-22 11:27:19]