There is a movement gaining momentum because of frustration over an intrusive overbearing federal government and its obsession with multiculturalism. It is called secession, and there are movements to secede from the United States in Texas, Colorado, Maryland, northern California, Washington State and Oregon.
This trend should prompt us to think about what it means to be an American and what it is in our culture that binds us together.
It has become increasingly difficult to identify oneself simply as “American.” The designation has all but disappeared from U.S. documents. When responding to questionnaires, we are compelled to select an identity from a plethora of hyphenated subcategories. We debate if we even speak the same language and can talk to each other in English.
After World War II, the traits of benevolence, tolerance, compassion, self reliance, integrity and hard work became universally recognized as the essential ingredients of the American character.
Few institutions teach American history, the Constitution and the basics of our representative government. Even fewer celebrate the contributions and achievements of those who came to America in search of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and created the highest standard of living on the planet.
If the designation “American” no longer has any meaning and is not worthy of contemplation and examination, then who are we?