Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

10 things to celebrate Why I'm an anti-anti-American
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 29th 2003 | Dinesh D'Souza

Posted on 06/29/2003 6:33:49 AM PDT by nyconse

America is under attack as never before -- not only from terrorists but also from people who provide a justification for terrorism. Islamic fundamentalists declare America the Great Satan. Europeans rail against American capitalism and American culture. South American activists denounce the United States for "neocolonialism" and oppression.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: america; antiamericanism; immigrant
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-63 next last
This is a great read. Americans are not always born in this country. We are truly blessed by the arrival of those who choose to love America.
1 posted on 06/29/2003 6:33:49 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nyconse
D'Souza's always good. A very intelligent guy. But why the excerpt? Why not post the whole article?
2 posted on 06/29/2003 6:40:18 AM PDT by liberallarry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Like my father said---"people don't realize how good they have it in the USA."
3 posted on 06/29/2003 6:43:22 AM PDT by The Great RJ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: liberallarry
D'Souza's always good. A very intelligent guy.

Of course! He's a member of the Dartmouth class of '83. An exceptional group if I may say so myself!

4 posted on 06/29/2003 6:43:24 AM PDT by Huber
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: liberallarry
Here it is....


America is under attack as never before -- not only from terrorists but also from people who provide a justification for terrorism. Islamic fundamentalists declare America the Great Satan. Europeans rail against American capitalism and American culture. South American activists denounce the United States for "neocolonialism" and oppression.

Anti-Americanism from abroad would not be such a problem if Americans were united in standing up for their own country. But in this country itself, there are those who blame America for most of the evils in the world. On the political left, many fault the United States for a history of slavery, and for continuing inequality and racism. Even on the right, traditionally the home of patriotism, we hear influential figures say that America has become so decadent that we are "slouching towards Gomorrah."

If these critics are right, then America should be destroyed. And who can dispute some of their particulars? This country did have a history of slavery and racism continues to exist. There is much in our culture that is vulgar and decadent. But the critics are wrong about America, because they are missing the big picture. In their indignation over the sins of America, they ignore what is unique and good about American civilization.

As an immigrant who has chosen to become an American citizen, I feel especially qualified to say what is special about America. Having grown up in a different society -- in my case, Bombay, India -- I am not only able to identify aspects of America that are invisible to the natives, but I am acutely conscious of the daily blessings that I enjoy in America. Here, then, is my list of the 10 great things about America.

-- America provides an amazingly good life for the ordinary guy. Rich people live well everywhere. But what distinguishes America is that it provides an impressively high standard of living for the "common man." We now live in a country where construction workers regularly pay $4 for a nonfat latte, where maids drive nice cars and where plumbers take their families on vacation to Europe.

Indeed, newcomers to the United States are struck by the amenities enjoyed by "poor" people. This fact was dramatized in the 1980s when CBS television broadcast a documentary, "People Like Us," intended to show the miseries of the poor during an ongoing recession. The Soviet Union also broadcast the documentary, with a view to embarrassing the Reagan administration. But by the testimony of former Soviet leaders, it had the opposite effect. Ordinary people across the Soviet Union saw that the poorest Americans have TV sets, microwave ovens and cars. They arrived at the same perception that I witnessed in an acquaintance of mine from Bombay who has been unsuccessfully trying to move to the United States. I asked him, "Why are you so eager to come to America?" He replied, "I really want to live in a country where the poor people are fat."

-- America offers more opportunity and social mobility than any other country, including the countries of Europe. America is the only country that has created a population of "self-made tycoons." Only in America could Pierre Omidyar, whose parents are Iranian and who grew up in Paris, have started a company like eBay. Only in America could Vinod Khosla, the son of an Indian army officer, become a leading venture capitalist, the shaper of the technology industry, and a billionaire to boot. Admittedly tycoons are not typical, but no country has created a better ladder than America for people to ascend from modest circumstances to success.

-- Work and trade are respectable in America. Historically most cultures have despised the merchant and the laborer, regarding the former as vile and corrupt and the latter as degraded and vulgar. Some cultures, such as that of ancient Greece and medieval Islam, even held that it is better to acquire things through plunder than through trade or contract labor. But the American founders altered this moral hierarchy. They established a society in which the life of the businessman, and of the people who worked for him, would be a noble calling. In the American view, there is nothing vile or degraded about serving your customers either as a CEO or as a waiter. The ordinary life of production and supporting a family is more highly valued in the United States than in any other country. America is the only country in the world where we call the waiter "sir," as if he were a knight.

-- America has achieved greater social equality than any other society. True, there are large inequalities of income and wealth in America. In purely economic terms, Europe is more egalitarian. But Americans are socially more equal than any other people, and this is unaffected by economic disparities. Alexis de Tocqueville noticed this egalitarianism a century and a half ago and it is, if anything, more prevalent today. For all his riches, Bill Gates could not approach the typical American and say, "Here's a $100 bill. I'll give it to you if you kiss my feet." Most likely, the person would tell Gates to go to hell! The American view is that the rich guy may have more money, but he isn't in any fundamental sense better than anyone else.

-- People live longer, fuller lives in America. Although protesters rail against the American version of technological capitalism at trade meetings around the world, in reality the American system has given citizens many more years of life, and the means to live more intensely and actively. In 1900, the life expectancy in America was around 50 years; today, it is more than 75 years. Advances in medicine and agriculture are mainly responsible for the change. This extension of the life span means more years to enjoy life, more free time to devote to a good cause, and more occasions to do things with the grandchildren. In many countries, people who are old seem to have nothing to do: they just wait to die. In America the old are incredibly vigorous, and people in their seventies pursue the pleasures of life, including remarriage and sexual gratification, with a zeal that I find unnerving.

-- In America the destiny of the young is not given to them, but created by them. Not long ago, I asked myself, "What would my life have been like if I had never come to the United States?" If I had remained in India, I would probably have lived my whole life within a five-mile radius of where I was born. I would undoubtedly have married a woman of my identical religious and socioeconomic background. I would almost certainly have become a medical doctor, or an engineer, or a computer programmer. I would have socialized entirely within my ethic community. I would have a whole set of opinions that could be predicted in advance; indeed, they would not be very different from what my father believed, or his father before him. In sum, my destiny would to a large degree have been given to me.

In America, I have seen my life take a radically different course. In college I became interested in literature and politics, and I resolved to make a career as a writer. I married a woman whose ancestry is English, French, Scotch-Irish, German and American Indian. In my twenties I found myself working as a policy analyst in the White House, even though I was not an American citizen. No other country, I am sure, would have permitted a foreigner to work in its inner citadel of government.

In most countries in the world, your fate and your identity are handed to you; in America, you determine them for yourself. America is a country where you get to write the script of your own life. Your life is like a blank sheet of paper, and you are the artist. This notion of being the architect of your own destiny is the incredibly powerful idea that is behind the worldwide appeal of America. Young people especially find irresistible the prospect of authoring the narrative of their own lives.

-- America has gone further than any other society in establishing equality of rights. There is nothing distinctively American about slavery or bigotry. Slavery has existed in virtually every culture, and xenophobia, prejudice and discrimination are worldwide phenomena. Western civilization is the only civilization to mount a principled campaign against slavery; no country expended more treasure and blood to get rid of slavery than the United States. While racism remains a problem, this country has made strenuous efforts to eradicate discrimination, even to the extent of enacting policies that give legal preference in university admissions, jobs, and government contracts to members of minority groups. Such policies remain controversial, but the point is that it is extremely unlikely that a racist society would have permitted such policies in the first place. And surely African Americans like Jesse Jackson are vastly better off living in America than they would be if they were to live in, say, Ethiopia or Somalia.

-- America has found a solution to the problem of religious and ethnic conflict that continues to divide and terrorize much of the world. Visitors to places like New York are amazed to see the way in which Serbs and Croatians, Sikhs and Hindus, Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants, Jews and Palestinians,

all seem to work and live together in harmony. How is this possible when these same groups are spearing each other and burning each other's homes in so many places in the world?

The American answer is twofold. First, separate the spheres of religion and government so that no religion is given official preference but all are free to practice their faith as they wish. Second, do not extend rights to racial or ethnic groups but only to individuals; in this way, all are equal in the eyes of the law, opportunity is open to anyone who can take advantage of it, and everybody who embraces the American way of life can "become American."

Of course there are exceptions to these core principles, even in America. Racial preferences are one such exception, which explains why they are controversial. But in general, America is the only country in the world that extends full membership to outsiders. The typical American could come to India,

live for 40 years, and take Indian citizenship. But he could not "become Indian." He wouldn't see himself that way, nor would most Indians see him that way. In America, by contrast, hundreds of millions have come from far-flung shores and over time they, or at least their children, have in a profound and full sense "become American."

-- America has the kindest, gentlest foreign policy of any great power in world history. Critics of the United States are likely to react to this truth with sputtering outrage. They will point to long-standing American support for a Latin or Middle Eastern despot, or the unjust internment of the Japanese during World War II, or America's reluctance to impose sanctions on South Africa's apartheid regime. However one feels about these particular cases, let us concede to the critics the point that America is not always in the right.

What the critics leave out is the other side of the ledger. Twice in the 20th century, the United States saved the world -- first from the Nazi threat, then from Soviet totalitarianism. What would have been the world's fate if America had not existed? After destroying Germany and Japan in World War II, the United States proceeded to rebuild both countries, and today they are American allies. Now we are doing the same thing in Afghanistan and Iraq. Consider, too, how magnanimous the United States has been to the former Soviet Union after its victory in the Cold War. For the most part America is an abstaining superpower; it shows no real interest in conquering and subjugating the rest of the world. (Imagine how the Soviets would have acted if they had won the Cold War.) On occasion the United States intervenes to overthrow a tyrannical regime or to halt massive human rights abuses in another country, but it never stays to rule that country. In Grenada, Haiti and Bosnia, the United States got in and then it got out. Moreover, when America does get into a war, as in Iraq, its troops are supremely careful to avoid targeting civilians and to minimize collateral damage. Even as America bombed the Taliban infrastructure and hideouts, U.S. planes dropped food to avert hardship and starvation of Afghan civilians. What other country does these things?

-- America, the freest nation on Earth, is also the most virtuous nation on Earth. This point seems counterintuitive, given the amount of conspicuous vulgarity, vice and immorality in America. Some Islamic fundamentalists argue that their regimes are morally superior to the United States because they seek to foster virtue among the citizens. Virtue, these fundamentalists argue, is a higher principle than liberty.

Indeed it is. And let us admit that in a free society, freedom will frequently be used badly. Freedom, by definition, includes the freedom to do good or evil, to act nobly or basely. But if freedom brings out the worst in people, it also brings out the best. The millions of Americans who live decent,

praiseworthy lives desire our highest admiration because they have opted for the good when the good is not the only available option. Even amid the temptations of a rich and free society, they have remained on the straight path. Their virtue has special luster because it is freely chosen.

By contrast, the societies that many Islamic fundamentalists seek would eliminate the possibility of virtue. If the supply of virtue is insufficient in a free society like America, it is almost nonexistent in an unfree society like Iran's. The reason is that coerced virtues are not virtues at all. Consider the woman who is required to wear a veil. There is no modesty in this,

because she is being compelled. Compulsion cannot produce virtue, it can only produce the outward semblance of virtue. Thus a free society like America's is not merely more prosperous, more varied, more peaceful, and more tolerant -- it is also morally superior to the theocratic and authoritarian regimes that America's enemies advocate.

"To make us love our country," Edmund Burke once said, "our country ought to be lovely." Burke's point is that we should love our country not just because it is ours, but also because it is good. America is far from perfect, and there is lots of room for improvement. In spite of its flaws, however, American life as it is lived today is the best life that our world has to offer. Ultimately America is worthy of our love and sacrifice because, more than any other society, it makes possible the good life, and the life that is good.

5 posted on 06/29/2003 6:43:26 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (...RightWing-nut, ......and Proud of it....8^)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Americans are not always born in this country

Excellent point.

6 posted on 06/29/2003 6:46:31 AM PDT by jla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: liberallarry
I am new to posting. I thought you were supposed to post this way.
7 posted on 06/29/2003 6:49:44 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
"medieval Islam" is redundant.
8 posted on 06/29/2003 6:50:20 AM PDT by Bug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
"In spite of its flaws, however, American life as it is lived today is the best life that our world has to offer. Ultimately America is worthy of our love and sacrifice because, more than any other society, it makes possible the good life, and the life that is good. "


Bears repeating.
9 posted on 06/29/2003 6:54:01 AM PDT by visualops (It Takes the Best in Each of Us To Bring Out the Best in All of Us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jla
This is how my immigrant Grand-parents felt. This is how my husbands immigrant (Irish) parents felt. They became Americans. My Mother-in-law was born in Ireland. She had an Irish way of speaking. When people asked where she was from she always replied, "if you are asking where I am born; I was born in Ireland". She then followed with if you are asking me what I am, "I'm an American".
10 posted on 06/29/2003 6:54:47 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Only for the NYT and the LA Times.
11 posted on 06/29/2003 6:54:50 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Two newspapers - the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post - forbid us to post anything but excerpts (There may be others). If an article is extremely long an excerpt may be appropriate. Otherwise post the entire article.
12 posted on 06/29/2003 6:55:29 AM PDT by liberallarry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Mia T
Redeeming article from D'Souza, and refreshing catharsis from the vile Clinton's. :^)
13 posted on 06/29/2003 6:56:59 AM PDT by jla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ItisaReligionofPeace
Thanks, I will post correctly in the future.
14 posted on 06/29/2003 6:57:02 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: visualops
It sure does!
15 posted on 06/29/2003 6:58:30 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: The Great RJ
My Father had no patience with hippie do-gooders. He often said the same thing as your Dad. He felt that I (and fellow baby boomers) did not appreicate this country enough. He was right.
16 posted on 06/29/2003 7:00:43 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
We just attended a memorial service for an old friend. Hea was an extremely successful, well traveled Jew born in Germany. His last recorded conversation was shared with the people at the service. He said that he could live anywhere, but America is the greatestplace on the planet, thats why he remaind here. That and finding Jesus were the most important decisions in his life.
17 posted on 06/29/2003 7:01:08 AM PDT by fml
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Bug
As far as I can see, there is no form of Islam other than Medieval Islam.
18 posted on 06/29/2003 7:02:15 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
"if you are asking where I am born; I was born in Ireland". She then followed with if you are asking me what I am, "I'm an American".

That's just wonderful, I like to read things like that.

19 posted on 06/29/2003 7:03:01 AM PDT by jla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: cherry_bomb88; FBD; sultan88
fyi
20 posted on 06/29/2003 7:04:21 AM PDT by jla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Saving for later read
21 posted on 06/29/2003 7:06:17 AM PDT by radical librarian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Magnificent first post. Well done, rookie!
22 posted on 06/29/2003 7:07:02 AM PDT by IGOTMINE (He needed killin')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: ThreePuttinDude
Only in America could Pierre Omidyar, whose parents are Iranian and who grew up in Paris, have started a company like eBay.

Ouch, talk about starting out with two strikes against you!

23 posted on 06/29/2003 7:08:27 AM PDT by AmishDude
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Bug
Medieval Islam was in many ways civilized and much freer than most Arab-world countries today, Israel excepted. In the medieval days, there actually was an Arab intellectual class that didn't find itself killed. Arab societies have taken several steps backward since their medieval splendor.
24 posted on 06/29/2003 7:08:42 AM PDT by dufekin (Peace HAS COME AT LONG LAST to the tortured people of Iraq!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: jla
My Mother-in-Law was a remarkable woman. Both my husband's parents worked very hard. They never made a great deal of money, but they raised and educated four great children: especially my husband (I'm not prejudiced). They came for the peace and freedom offered by America. Several of my husband's cousins died in the Irish troubles in the 1970's. As I recall, they returned only once to visit Ireland; the trip was an anniversary gift from their four children.
25 posted on 06/29/2003 7:10:04 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: IGOTMINE
It is not my first post. It is my 3rd post. I am afraid I posted the others incorrectly also. Oh well.... thanks for setting me straight.
26 posted on 06/29/2003 7:12:25 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
I've known people that were born in Eastern Europe,and when asked of their country, they would reply in that coarse accent, "Why I'm an American, what do you think?"

To see the light in someones eyes that have just been granted citizenship is to really see the Rights of Freedom.

27 posted on 06/29/2003 7:15:37 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (...RightWing-nut, ......and Proud of it....8^)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
My paternal grandparents were also from Ireland.
It appears grandad Patrick retained his liking for socialism as he named my dad after Eugene Debs & my uncle, (no kidding), after Karl Marx.
Thank God I was born last & my mom named me! LOL
28 posted on 06/29/2003 7:20:23 AM PDT by jla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: dufekin
The Soviet Union also broadcast the documentary, with a view to embarrassing the Reagan administration.



See how out of touch the elites of Soviet Russia were with the people? How do you not see such a result coming?

This separation blindness is analogous to the SCOTUS in late times.
29 posted on 06/29/2003 7:37:17 AM PDT by TalBlack
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
<< This is a great read. Americans are not always born in this country. We are truly blessed by the arrival of those who choose to love America. >>

I'll say we are!

If you're asking me where I was born, I was born in New Zealand.

But if you want to know who and what I am, I am AMERICAN!

Thank God!

30 posted on 06/29/2003 7:43:41 AM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Brian Allen
What a great post. America has been blessed by people -like you- who may not have been born in America, but were born to be Americans; you have a heart as big as....well Texas! LOL
31 posted on 06/29/2003 7:55:11 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: ThreePuttinDude
Well put- it is so true. My husband's parents were not well educated: never went to High School. They studied hard in order to become citizens. They took pictures of the ceremony. It brings tears to my eyes when I see those ceremonies.
32 posted on 06/29/2003 7:59:02 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Who are they?
33 posted on 06/29/2003 8:00:39 AM PDT by henderson field
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Isn't 'the whole article' in this case really D'Souza's book, What's So Great About America? It is a fine book, as are all of D'S's books. Thanks for posting this -- it was easy enough to find the rest of the article, really...
34 posted on 06/29/2003 8:01:07 AM PDT by bboop
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
"...the arrival of those who choose to love America." Who are they?
35 posted on 06/29/2003 8:01:42 AM PDT by henderson field
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jla
Conversely, when one is born in this country, one is not always an American. One is an American resident.
36 posted on 06/29/2003 8:03:21 AM PDT by henderson field
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: jla
Conversely, when one is born in this country, one is not always an American. One is an American resident.
37 posted on 06/29/2003 8:03:33 AM PDT by henderson field
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
I only wish that the political class (both parties) heeded George Washington's admonition to avoid foreign entanglements. I realize that this thread is not about whether America is or is not an empire. I fear that if we do become an empire we will become less and less the country that D'Souza celebrates. In empires, historically, vigorous political debate is supplanted by executive dictat. And that dictat eventually seeps into civil life. Congress has already pretty much ceded the running of the war on terror to the executive. Domestically we are more and more at the mercy of judges who make or unmake law based on no more than personal whim (which they call the General Will). The government under both Democrats and Republicans keeps "growing itself" at the expense of the people. How really vigorous is representative democracy?
38 posted on 06/29/2003 8:05:06 AM PDT by ricpic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jla
Too funny. Of course, I think southernors take the cake on naming their kids. My uncle's name was (no kidding) Arsby Durrell. My grandmother was name Lorenza and her sister Volina (called Dinka for reasons lost in the fog of time). My Dad ( Irish descent) named me Theresa Ann when my Mother vetoed Mary Margaret. He was convinced I was destined for the convent. My Father would have been delighted if both my sister and I had become nuns: we were-however-ill suited for convent life! LOL
39 posted on 06/29/2003 8:05:27 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: ricpic
America has faced tough challenges before. The beauty of our system is things can change -wrongs can be righted.
40 posted on 06/29/2003 8:08:22 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: henderson field
It could be anyone who decides they want to be embrace America and all she offers.
41 posted on 06/29/2003 8:11:21 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: bboop
I thought you had to post excerpts-sorry if you were inconvenienced/won't happen again.
42 posted on 06/29/2003 8:13:48 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: nyconse; liberallarry; ItisaReligionofPeace
The settlement agreement also covers news sources *owned* by the Washington Post or LA Times. On the FR main page, scroll down and look for a box that says "Important Legal Notice". There is a link that will take you to a list of the sources that have to be excerpted.

But I've found that these are the ones that come up most often, for posting purposes:

LA TIMES
Washington Post
newsday.com
ChicagoTribune
Newsweek
MSNBC
Baltimore Sun
Hartford Courant
CT Times Mirror
Orlando Sun-Sentinel
WPIX
blackvoices.com

Shorter list, easier to memorize.

Btw, the New York Times is NOT on the list, screw 'em. Post everything in full whenever possible.

43 posted on 06/29/2003 8:20:27 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
Please pass on to your mother in law that she has it right. Below are my words of thanks for teaching others the right way to be proud of their heritage and being an American

May the sun gently kiss your face, the road rise up to meet you and the wind always be at your back. May you be in the hands of the almighty 4 hours before ole scratch even knows you are gone.
44 posted on 06/29/2003 8:20:28 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: hellinahandcart
I didn't realize all of those were on the list. You can see how I can get the Washington Post and NYT confused, it's the same crap.
45 posted on 06/29/2003 8:25:06 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: hellinahandcart
Thank you for the information. I appreciate it. LOL
46 posted on 06/29/2003 8:26:38 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: SandRat
Amen! I think she knows. Both my husbands parents are in heaven ( I have no doubt) walking the streets of gold hand in hand. Of course the old man ( a term of great affection) may be playing poker and telling St. Peter outrageous stories. LOL
47 posted on 06/29/2003 8:29:35 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: nyconse
-- America has gone further than any other society in establishing equality of rights. There is nothing distinctively American about slavery or bigotry. Slavery has existed in virtually every culture, and xenophobia, prejudice and discrimination are worldwide phenomena. Western civilization is the only civilization to mount a principled campaign against slavery; no country expended more treasure and blood to get rid of slavery than the United States. While racism remains a problem, this country has made strenuous efforts to eradicate discrimination, even to the extent of enacting policies that give legal preference in university admissions, jobs, and government contracts to members of minority groups. Such policies remain controversial, but the point is that it is extremely unlikely that a racist society would have permitted such policies in the first place. And surely African Americans like Jesse Jackson are vastly better off living in America than they would be if they were to live in, say, Ethiopia or Somalia.

This is a perfect point. I intended to highlight the best statements and ended up highlighting nearly the whole thing! LOL

48 posted on 06/29/2003 8:55:16 AM PDT by sandlady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ThreePuttinDude
Thanks.
49 posted on 06/29/2003 9:01:45 AM PDT by 1rudeboy (Excerpting is for the weak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: sandlady
I thought this was a terrific article. I am going to read some of this author's books. I copied it. I want my kids to read it.
50 posted on 06/29/2003 9:14:47 AM PDT by nyconse
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-63 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson