Are you a Proud American or a hyphenated “American”?

It’s an important First Amendment question to ask because the issue continues to divide our Republic.  Americans, resent and are still in shock over Michelle Obama’s “…for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country”  confession. Thus, the question of “Are you a Proud American or a hyphenated “American”?

You see, whether you are a “proud American or a hyphenated American” has been used as a weapon to divide the Republic for the longest time.

In 1858, in a speech before the Illinois Republican State Convention, the first Republican President,
Abraham Lincoln, alluded to the Biblical principle of “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” Matthew 12: 25.

Colloquially, President Lincoln simply stated: “united we stand, divided we fall.”

And it was Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the 26th President of the USA from 1901 to 1909, who in a speech grappled with this very issue, i.e., the notion that “united we stand, divided we fall.”

The President talked about the hyphenated American and famously said:

“…The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of it’s continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, [emphasis added] an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic … [emphasis added]

There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.” [emphasis added] .

Thus, the question of “are you a proud American or a hyphenated ‘American’” is all the more relevant.

When segments of our population are obsessed with skin color…

theirs, others and everything skin color, you know there is something wrong, but it’s not the American people that are pushing this, it’s the left.

When Republican President Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., invited Booker T. Washington, his Republican adviser, for dinner at the White House, there was an uproar and considerable criticism of the President from the politicians.  The criticism and the threats of assassination were so bad, that President Roosevelt was not able to invite Mr. Washington for dinner again.

The left loves to identify themselves and others as “people of color,” even if most of them are themselves “white”, call others “crackers,” and call our President “orange man.” It’s disrespectful and abusive!

Yet, these are the ones to scream racism all the time…

At sports games, concerts or even restaurants, you’re bound to find some protesters protesting about something… racism… the climate… most egregiously the Stars and Stripes, the pledge of allegiance or our National Anthem.

Cloaked under “racism” they are really protesting our American culture, our Constitution, Who We are as Americans.

You know what I am talking about.

And then they tie it up to the skin color.

And it’s those same people that make an issue out of your race and the color of your skin…

They are even trying to tell us that “Columbus Day,” is not Columbus Day, but rather, “Indigenous Day,” and if you don’t agree with this, you’re “racist.”

What image does that conjure up in your mind?

Did anyone ask for your permission to rename “Columbus Day” to “indigenous Day”? Was there a referendum on the voting ballot? Who sits around all day trying to reinvent names for our holidays?

Don’t they have anything better to do?

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Did you have a problem calling it “Columbus Day”!?

Did “Columbus Day” insult, dishonor, destroy or slander anyone?

Or does “Columbus Day” conjure up images of the Nina, the Pinta, and Santa Maria? Does it conjure up images of the Puritans, Native Americans, and Jews sitting at a table together enjoying a friendly meal?

Does it surprise you to know that many of the first settlers were indeed Jewish? Yes, they traveled with Columbus to the new world, but that’s another story.

Must this image of early Americans getting along be shattered?

Is the world going to end if “Columbus Day” is not changed to “Indigenous Day”?

And if you must absolutely change “Columbus Day” lest the world comes to end, how about “Native American Day.” Certainly “Native American Day,” sounds more dignified, doesn’t it?

See how ridiculous this whole thing is…?

When Americans identify themselves as Americans, we are identifying ourselves with our American culture.

And what is that culture?

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Fundamentally, it is a culture of Freedom!

The Puritans, Jews, and other first settlers, the first Americans call them what you want, were primarily concerned about Freedom.

The freedom to worship God, the freedom to decide how they wanted to live and what kind of society to create for themselves.

I suppose that’s why these early Americans built educational institutions. Because they understood the need to dispel ignorance through education to gain knowledge of the truth, discernment to rise from barbarism to civility to reverence to God.

It’s true, for example, did you know that some of our best colleges and universities were founded by Christians on Christian principles? Yes, it’s true.

Harvard University, for example, was founded as a Christian academic institution by Christians to meet educational and spiritual needs.

And it’s because of that rich Christian heritage that Harvard University became such an institution of renown. Unfortunately, today, Harvard like most if not all colleges and universities have abandoned their Christian foundation and replaced it with everything except the living God.

There is a very real effort to remove God from our society.

Some call themselves “persons of color” …not American because they don’t want to be American and reject the American identity

A person’s skin color is obvious when they are standing right in front of you, everyone and anyone can see it, so why do you have to tell the person that you are a “person of color,” or why do have to tell someone that they are black, white or whatever?

Whether you believe that it was God who created us humans or that we all came from rocks, the fact is none of us had anything to do with the color of our skin, it just wasn’t our choice!

The created have no right to argue with the Creator, why did you make me like this?

See how silly that it is?

And yet it seems that everything and everyone is pointing fingers at each other and calling everyone and everything “racist” and at all other times obsessed with the color of one’s skin, your skin, someone else’s skin, “racist” here, “racism” there, “people of color” here, “people of color” there, “crackers” here, “crackers” there, it’s really very myopic and an embarrassing display of pettiness.

Why can’t we simply be humans, respect each other and try to get along on this earth?

Whether you like your skin color or not, why make an issue about it? You can’t change it!

That’s why you are either an American or not an American at all.

Most Americans really don’t care where someone came from…

And it used to be that immigrants would do everything possible to assimilate and fully integrate into American culture. That was when the U.S.A., used to be the melting pot when the various ethnicities respected each other and tried to get along; i.e., they learned the language.

Today, there are politicians who actively encourage immigrants NOT to assimilate, but to reject American culture.

“When in Rome do as the Romans do”

This is the USA. So, isn’t it correct to expect a person’s behavior to be American?

It means you come to the USA, don’t try to tell us how we should dress or how to prepare our meals. And don’t make demands on what laws, behavior and customs you want for yourself in our country. In the USA, we have a system of laws and everyone is subject or should be subject to those laws equally.


It’s been said when in Rome, do as the Romans do!

I say when in the U.S.A., do as the Americans do!

I’m American and I’m proud of it!


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7 thoughts on “Are you a Proud American or a hyphenated “American”?

  1. This is an interesting viewpoint on the types of “americans” that currently reside in the U.S.A..  American citizens and residents should be proud of the USA.  We should enjoy the good things about the USA and the good things about the countries that many of us came from…and be thankful for retaining our identities from our homelands.

  2. I am not an American but I think I have heard some of these debates before. I think that there are some concepts that some people need to understand and people really need to stand United just like Lincoln has said. I have seen quite a number of people who talk about racism in the states but this is a very ridiculous thing to think is racist. I hope more people read this awesome post. Nice work.

  3. As soon as a nation loses its patriots, it is a dead nation. Without a skeleton, a body is just a mush of fleshy things. I find that America actually lacks many of the basic freedoms that a person should have. Let’s say I wanted to go out and to walk in a forest. As soon as I get to a place that has many trees, I find myself next to a fence and on it there is a sign: “private property”. I’m not even mentioning the IRS or the property tax. Freedom is a very controversial topic. There are of course many other types of freedoms in the US, but most only get enforced if you got the dough for them. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  4. From reading the name of this article, I thought that it was very funny that anyone will want to write anything like this… but going through your post, I can see that it’s an issue that needs to be taken seriously.

    Personally,  Columbus day is just Columbus day, it doesn’t need to be changed to anything else.

    It’s a celebration for everyone and everyone should celebrate.

    I am a proud American. Anytime, any day!

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