“United we stand, divided we fall”. We’ve all heard this phrase before. It’s not a cliche. It’s a profound, self-evident truth that rings true today. It’s time to unite the country. Let’s do it.
The first step in uniting the country is to acknowledge, and understand, what’s been going on in America for far too long. For far too long politicians, corporate media, Hollywood, and for-profit special interest groups have been busy categorizing American citizens into little groups and tribes. This is wrong on so many levels. These little tribes of American citizens have been categorized by race, religion, gender, and orientation. Personally, I find it disgusting to categorize people. Unfortunately, these are the parameters we are currently stuck with. For now we have to work within this divisive framework, in order to achieve our goal of uniting all Americans.
Doesn’t it make more sense to live together side by side as fellow Americans? I know this may sound simplistic to some. But at the end of the day, all we really have to do is follow our founders providential (and extremely radical for its time) basic idea that all men are created equal?
It is the duty of all Americans to assimilate into society, retain their heritage, religion, and orientations, and then live shoulder to shoulder as American citizens. This is how America works. This isn’t hard to understand. We are all individuals with different backgrounds, different customs, different religions, different orientations, and different self-identities. But, we are all Americans.
President Teddy Roosevelt prophetically said, “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism“. Over the decades, a few people have profaned and marginalized President Roosevelt’s enlightened message. The naysayers should take a second look at Roosevelt’s words. Then they should take a look around these days, read some news headlines, and turn on the TV. Guess what they’ll find? Teddy was right all along.
The ever expanding hyphenated Americanism is alive and not so well these days: Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Italian-American, Armenian-American, African-American, Gay-American, Muslim-American. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Then scream racism or bigot in unison, while the politicians, corporate media, Hollywood, and for-profit special interest groups pit these tribes of hyphenated Americans against each other.
How’s this been working out for us? Not so well. Why? Because we are all Americans and we have been divided into little tribes according to skin color, religion, and orientation. This needs to stop. Now.
Remember the cartoon by Schoolhouse Rock called “The Great American Melting Pot“?
The cartoon above was made in 1977. This used to be what we taught our children. The central message of the cartoon is timeless and even more important today than it was forty years ago. Sadly, we have strayed far from this simple message of what it means to be an American.
The message and wisdom of The Great American Melting Pot is the direction we should be looking at today. This should be our goal. American citizens are not a commodity to be plucked and pigeonholed into groups based on skin tone, theology, or sexual orientation.
We are people. We are not products. We are people who are serious about making America great again. We are people who refuse to be sorted into little groups and tribes, only to be used by politicians, corporate media, and special interest for-profit organizations. We’re better than that. We’re smarter than that. We’re Americans. All of us.