Being An American

Being an American means recognizing that America is primarily an idea, not a plot of land, and not an order of authority and rule.

Being an American does not imply collective identity.

Being an American is not about national pride.

Being an American does not mean the inheritance of, or the obligation to adhere to, any particular culture.

Being an American does not mean particular privilege.

Being an American does not mean that I have special, particular “American” rights that only apply to “Americans”.

Being an American does not mean an inheritance of moral superiority.

Being an American means realizing that people throughout the world can also be American if they embrace the American idea.

Being an American means recognizing that the government itself  is not America, even if its behavior happens to be consistent with America.

Being an American does not demand that I must acknowledge the government, its policy, its police, or its military as American.

Being an American sometimes means that I condemn government policy that is specifically not American.

Being an American means that I take pride in my own achievements.

Being an American means that I alone accept responsibility for my failures.

Being an American does not mean that I get credit for the good things that other people do who call themselves American.

Being an American does not mean that I am responsible for the bad things that other people do who call themselves American.

Being  an American means that I don’t expect to like all Americans.

Being an American means I don’t expect all Americans to like me.

Being an American means that I do what I want to do.

Being an American means that I allow others to do what they want to do as long as it doesn’t harm others.

Being an American means that I will never use force on peaceful people merely because I don’t like them or how they choose to live their lives.

Being an American means that I will never force peaceful people to do something simply because I believe that it is the “right thing” for them to do.

Being an American means that I will condemn the use of force against peaceful people—even if I don’t like like them, and even if most others don’t like them.

Being an American means I that I stand prepared to defend myself and that which is mine against violent aggressors.

Being an American means that I approve of others who stand prepared to defend themselves and that which is theirs against violent aggressors; as a fellow American, I may even help defend them.

Being an American means that I don’t stop other people from doing what they want to do because I know that they, as Americans, will also not stop me from doing what I want to do.

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others.

—Thomas Jefferson

    • Stephen
    • November 19th, 2016 5:04am

    Matt is the greatest he is a true American who doesn’t speak Spanish and is smooth with the ladies

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