Skip to comments.Should Anglo-Saxon Americans Be Proud of their Heritage?
Posted on 07/27/2012 11:28:07 AM PDT by pinochet
Barack Obama made a trip to Ireland when he became President, and he bragged about the Irish heritage that he has on his mother's side. In his first book, he wrote about visiting Kenya, to celebrate his father's Kenyan roots. Then why is Mitt Romney being given a hard time on his visit to England, when one of his advisers mentioned that Romney is proud of his Anglo-Saxon heritage? Romney should tell his non-Anglo critics that they are guests and freeloaders, living in a country (America) that was founded by Anglo-Saxons.
The Irish are cheered when they have their St. Patrick Day parades. The Italians, while they face some opposition from radical American Indians, are still able to celebrate Colombus' Day parades. The Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Caesar Chavez day, while Blacks have their Martin Luther King day and Black history month. Germans have their Steuben societies, and Armenians, Greeks, Jews, Poles, Koreans, Chinese, and other groups have their ethnic organizations.
What is wrong with Mitt Romney being proud of his Anglo-Saxon culture - the culture that gave us America? Most Americans who are not ethnic Anglo-Saxons, envy them greatly, and try to make them ashamed of their heritage. I am not Anglo-Saxon myself, but I am thankful for those people for creating the most free nations of the civilized world - Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and, of course - America - the finest creation of the Anglo-Saxon people.
And many are of Scottish, Irish or Scots-Irish heritage (Scots who migrated to Ireland and after some generations, to the American south).
All of us.
The English, per se, were not given a special piece. They had to jump into the Eastern Protestant Reserve.
“We’re all very different people. We’re not Watusi. We’re not Spartans. We’re Americans, with a capital ‘A’, huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.” - Stripes
One of my grandfathers was of pure New England Puritan descent; the other of Virginia settlers moving to the North Carolina mountains - ancestors came as early as the 1620s - English with a sprinkle of lowland Scots and Welsh - damn straight I’m proud of my heritage, North and South both.
I am English, Irish, Scots Irish, and Scots, and my family fought on both sides of the war between the States. These pride days could get confusing.
It might just be enough if we would be grateful for the life each one of us has been given by our Creator, just being a member of the human race...
The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things; and He made from one, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation, that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
Sorry, the only days we “Anglo-Saxon” Southerners care about are Independence Day, Veterans’ Day, and Memorial Day. We don’t need any of that ethnic stuff. We are ethnically “American” and that’s about it.
But, by all means, keep on celebrating various “heritages.” We enjoy trying the food (except for the Haggis...). Besides, would you really want to celebrate a day with British cooking?
>>>And many are of Scottish, Irish or Scots-Irish heritage
In many cases, Scottish and Scotch-Irish Americans have some English ancestors, but prefer to identify with their non-English heritage. Because the American Revolution was fought against King George III of England, Americans of English heritage do not identify with their English heritage. The prefer to call themselves simply, “Americans”. Those who are part German, Irish, Italian, French, etc, mixed with English, prefer to identify with their non-English heritage. I hope that Romney changes this trend, and starts an English pride movement, which can strengthen the pride that American patriots of all ethnicities have in their history. When Obama returned Winston Churchill’s bust, it was not just an insult to Britain, it was an insult to America. Remember that Churchill’s mother was American.
You’re not allowed to have or express pride in your heritage unless your people came her as slaves over 200 years ago...get it?
I didn’t think the “Scots” in Scots-Irish were necessarily of full Celtic stock (e.g. Highlanders). More an amalgamation of the Angle, Saxon, Norman, Romano-British and Celtic blood lines that mixed and mingled for hundreds of years in the Midlands of England. Plus, was not even the “Irish” side more Anglo-Irish in culture than Celtic?
Worse than that, we are mostly white and that is unforgiveable!
We need Newt to teach a class on Western Civilization.
“...Southerners ... should put aside the old hatreds for their English cousins in the North over the Civil War...”
I don’t know what in the hell led you to that thought.
I am a Pict-American and I don’t get no respect.
I don’t think it matters a dingo’s kidney what someones heritage is. It only matters what their individual character is. We are by our nature individuals and not part of some collective. What some people have done who share my genetic background has no bearing on my life.
The Scots in Scots-Irish/Scotch-Irish/Ulster Scots were Lowlanders and Borderers.
From Ayrshire, the Borders, Galloway, Inverclyde, Glasgow, Lanarkshire.
“I would be happy to march with them, if invited.”
Someone once had the audacity to ask my father-in-law the following question; “You’re Italian, aren’t you?”
He stiffened his six-foot-three frame, walked up to the individual, looked him in the eye, and said the following in his gravelly voice and straightforward manner: “Hey, THIS is my country. I came here for a reason”, in all the seriousness he could muster.
The questioner, a hyphenated American, was taken aback and never asked the question again.
Those words still echo in my mind.
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