This blog,originally founded by Blogger, who is listed in Marquis Who's Who and is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Who Are These People Claiming to be Americans?
As we know, to be an American is not to be a member of an ethnic group, but rather it is to be a people of shared values.
Today however, we are going to be subjected to demonstrations by a people who may or may not be a people of shared values.
We have always welcomed people to our shores who come in by the front door–who give us time to teach them our language–our shared values, our Constitution and why we are an exceptional people. Then they can become Americans.
My ancestors came from England, but American I am. If tomorrow millions of people fleeing the slums of England, flooded down through Canada, I would have no identification with them whatsoever. They would be illegal aliens, a people bringing, not our values, but the values of the English slums, even some criminals as well. I would fight to send them home with everything that was in me.
So who then are all these people today in the streets who claim to share our values–who claim they are Americans? Why the solidarity with the values of their countries of origin rather than the values of their neighbors–their fellow Americans?