In the latest re-definition of what it means to be an American, Congress critter Jackie Speier of California has declared that it is un-American to not fund the Obamacare outreach. I guess this latest addition will be added to the long list of behaviors considered to be un-American.
Let’s see, if you are a big business, you are now considered un-American. If you ‘buy american’ you are considered un-American. If you support the NRA, you are un-American. Taking steps to control Medicaid costs is now considered un-American. Gay marriage is considered un-American. It was un-American for the head of the 0-regime to make a call for ‘duty’ and service’. There are numerous other recent examples of behaviors and attitudes that someone has labelled as being un-American.
The problem is that when you consider the united States as a propositional nation, you run into problems. When this happens, it is not a ‘real’ nation, but only a commitment to an idea. By changing the definition of America to an idea, the meaning often becomes fluid and shifts to meet the needs of the handlers and powers that be. When you define America as a particular geographic place, with a particular culture, such changes in definition are not so easily made. The conservative often still view America as a geographic place with a commitment to Christian values. Progressives view America as a ‘proposition’ that ‘all men are created equal’. With that kind of proposition, the door is open to socialism. They often change what equality means as well. Instead of everyone having equality before the law, now it becomes, equality of opportunity and equality of outcome, equality of income. They want us all to be homogenized into a single unit. By shifting what equality means, they change their focus. and change the ground rules of how society operates.
The latest accusations of being un-American are the latest round in the propaganda wars.
I still chuckle to myself knowing from history that the founding fathers wanted the nation to live off of tariffs only. They also had thriving businesses which consisted of smuggling, gun running and other fun filled activities. There were no currency controls. Each State made their own laws. If you did not like the laws of one State, you moved to another. There were no identity papers, and no passports. The government really could tell people no you can not live in our State and mean it. You could import whatever you wanted, including guns. There was no property tax. You owned your property in perpetuity. You had the mineral rights to your property. Perhaps they knew more about what it meant to be an American than people do now days.
Liberty for Texas!