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What is a Real American?: Left of Center View

Most of us measure others by first comparing them to ourselves. Therefore, to each of us, a "Real American" is the one we ourselves are most similar to. Similarities, obvious and assumed, physical and spiritual, we share the common bond of diversity.

Americans are individualists. We are different. We range in lifestyle and personality from the California Clown Car Nadya Suleman, a 33 year old woman who has children for fame and profit, to Chesley Sullenberger, the Hudson River Hero. The war hero and the welfare warrior, they are as different as they can be, and yet there is something uniquely American about them both. One exemplifies our redeeming qualities, the other or glaring deficiencies.

American's are known for their generosity, we are the country that gives aid, that backs up the little guy, that strives to level the playing field. We are also known for our obesity, greed, laziness. We are the only country in the world where an auto accident is looked at as a lotto win. We sue every chance we get, cause hey let's be honest, it beats working. So which is the real America?

The majority of our population is on the coast, with less than 1/3 living in-land. Yet mid-westerners are often described as real Americans. Main Street, Americans, farmers, hard working salt of the earth types. Real Americans, but so are our artists, musicians, athletes.

America is as much a state of mind as it is a place. We are the land of opportunity, of fair play. The Irony is that these days it appears that only the most recent inductees amongst us truly appreciate that fact. They are the ones who take the most pride in their citizenship. And perhaps they should, they actually had to earn it.

We are a young nation, full of promise, but also full of problems. One of the biggest being the previous administrations theft of our national pride. Americans traveling aboard were claiming to be Canadians. Even here at home we experienced shame as hurricane Katrina blew away the thin veils behind which institutionalized racism hid.

But now we find ourselves in a unique position, one of hope and change. First we prove that anyone, no matter how humble their beginnings can become President. Legislation is being written that curbs the exorbitant bonuses our failed industrial leaders have been giving themselves. There are hard times ahead, but it is through these pending tests and trials that the real Americans will emerge.


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What is a Real American?: Right of Center View

A real American is someone who cares more about the good of the nation than their own good. Real Americans lay down their lives for people they donít know thousands of miles from home. A real American does not ask if they are going to get something for doing the right thing, they just do it. Real Americans are true to the principles that founded this nation and will die to defend them.

A better question to ask may be what isnít a real American? That can be answered in many ways but the most simple explanation that I can think of is one that puts it in terms of the good of the nation over the good of oneís self. People that consciously try to circumvent the system for their own benefit to the detriment of the nation are not real Americans. Criminals who hurt others for personal gain have no right to call themselves Americans and should be removed from our society. People who make the conscious decision to live off of the fruits of others labor while doing nothing to distinguish themselves as Americans donít deserve to bear the honor of being Americans.

For centuries we have honored those who spilled their blood for the good of their nation. There is a reason for this. They represent the best of our ideals. They represent the idea of a unified nation behind a set of beliefs in freedom and democracy for all. They represent the best of human nature while rejecting the petty greed and selfishness of lesser societies. Sadly, they represent the things that many natural born citizens have forgotten or abandoned. The ideals of fair play and mutual benefit seem to be foreign concepts to many who call themselves Americans despite their abandonment of the things that made America great to begin with.

Perhaps a new standard for Americans should be set. Maybe itís time for us to stop asking where people were born and start asking if they want to represent our ideals. Immigration and deportation might begin to work on the principle of who deserves to be here. Maybe there are natural born people less deserving of being Americans than people born abroad. Maybe people having fourteen kids without any visible means of support should be sent off to some village somewhere in the middle of the desert so people who want to be responsible contributors to our society can actually have the chance to pull their own weight. Thatís one way to go anyway.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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