“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“Rise Up!”, I say to you. “All true Americans! Rise Up! All who believe in equality, in fairness, in liberty — for each and every living soul — You who are truly AMERICAN, rise up!”
I’m sick and tired of being “less than,” and I refuse to be treated that way any longer.
I’m sick of political parties wrapping the mantle of patriotism around themselves, insisting that only they are the true patriots. They have perpetuated the falsehood that to be anything less than ultra-conservative means to be anti-USA. That to question and criticize policies is to be a traitor. That to be an American means including “God” in the mix, even though the intent was for a clear separation of church and state. They have insinuated that to be a true patriot, to be American, one must accept the entire conservative mantra, including the belief that life begins at the very instant of conception, that women are inherently inferior to men, that gays should simply live a celibate, quiet life, that transgendered people should be able to be fired on a whim, that our environment is not worth saving, and that all evil Muslims should be immediately deported. And, hey, while we’re at it — why not deport all non-whites?
They’re only immigrants, right? Not real Americans. (more…)