i know it's me. i am 'in a mood' as usual- and i accept that. i can't quite grasp why i should respect a piece of cloth as if it's holy. i am talking about the american flag for starters. i think my biggest issue that i am currently struggling with is the one where americans don't have clue one what it means to be an 'american.' for some reason unknown to me, there is a really large contingent of crazies and sanes in america who genuinely believe that one has to 'speak english' and be white to be considered an american. and, there's a really large contingent who firmly believe we need to respect the flag and worship it i guess- as a holy relic of americanism- because of those who fought and died to protect it. apparently, the flag embodies our alleged freedoms.
look, let's pull our heads out of our asses here shall we? there are generations of american citizens who have accents. i'd hazard a guess all of us do- upstate new yorkers spread our a's like nobody's business so that water really sounds like 'wahter' and we all recognize a southern state accent or a midwest accent. so, whatever on the accent. as far as 'speaking english'- seriously? i'd posit that 90% of white americans don't speak grammatically correct english at any given time and i don't suppose you can really call our dialect 'english' as the queen's english anyway- it's american english. perhaps we should all learn a bit more about our first language before we decide to force everyone within earshot to speak it. besides, many folks along our borders speak fluent spanish- as american citizens- that doesn't mean they don't speak english. my guess is that the fact that there are signs and whatnot in spanish, french and english along our borders to the north and south- it just makes life easier for all of the folks who live there.
no one is coming in hordes to take away the suvs or mcmansions american suburbanites- please don't be fearful.
as far as the flag and what it represents- it's a fucking piece of cloth that every country has to represent it to the rest of the world. the folks who died in various wars and conflicts did not necessarily fight and die for american freedom. most died for corporate interests and their freedom to profit, profit, profit. mmmm.... a case could be made for the revolutionary war, the civil war and the japanese invasion of pearl harbor during world war 2. other than that, sorry folks- those precious folks died for profit. so, spare me the rhetoric about god and country and all of that happy horseshit.
the flag is not a sacred relic to be cherished- it is a symbol of solidarity- which is sorely lacking in america today with the tea bagging tea partiers and their ilk seeking to divide and conquer america for the wasp contingent. good luck angry white folks- there aren't that many of you and a whole world full of brown, black, yellow and the whole rainbow of folks who are on their way up in spite of your efforts to keep them down in abject poverty for your profit. your way of life is ending by the very means you fight- evolution.
american doesn't mean wasp. it doesn't matter that that is who started the america we know today. the people of america decided to share america with the rest of the world a long time ago- at least idealistically. realistically, we know that was a bit tougher. americans used to be known for being fair- people of action for sure but the populous was always held in high regard for generosity of spirit and home. now, we fight to keep folks out- that's pretty selfish and mean spirited and we wonder why folks abroad dislike us. fyi- it isn't because they are jealous. anyhoo, i am beginning to believe that there are many in america who 'get it' and who are working within their own communities to make a difference in spite of the right wing hate groups. i have said it before- i genuinely hope that right wing conservatism goes the way of the dinosaurs. fingers crossed that evolution is a bit speedier than that though....