The American Identity

There was a time in the distant past when Americans were of one mind and one action…..but then Reagan happened and the divisions started and continued with the evil Newt came into the limelight and the division started and has never let up for 30 years……

Let’s look at the term “American Identity”…..

The American identity is based on more than diversity, though. A fair judiciary, constitutional protections, and the ability to achieve the American dream are vital aspects of the national identity according to large numbers of Americans. And while sharing a language, customs, and values are also considered important to most Americans, fewer think an essential aspect of the American identity is a culture based on Christianity or European traditions.

Seven in 10 Americans think the United States is losing its national identity, while just 3 in 10 regard the country’s identity as secure, and these attitudes are related to threats to that identity and pride in several aspects of the country. While most Americans are proud of the American military and the country’s many scientific, creative, and athletic achievements, less than half express much pride in how democracy is working. More than half of the public says political polarization is a major threat to the country’s way of life, and nearly as many say the same about the nation’s political leaders.

http://apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/points-of-pride-conflicting-views-and-a-distinct-culture.aspx

IST has covered this division in our society on several occasions…..https://lobotero.com/2018/11/05/in-the-age-of-the-idiotarian/

Sociologist Orlando Patterson argues that the very idea of freedom has its roots in slavery. As he sees it, freedom stood as the antithesis to “the social death” imposed by the institution of slavery. It was the desire to undo bondage that gave rise to this ideal which is the strongest driving force for the Western cultures, the United States in particular. Yet, it is an appalling insult to draw parallels between the shelter-in-place orders and slavery. Protesters demand: Don’t cancel my golf season. Open our bars. I want a haircut. Being deprived of recreation, entertainment, cosmetics does not indicate social death.

Such an individualistic, materialistic understanding of freedom—as in the freedom to choose which consumer goods to purchase and leisure activities to pursue—points to something else entirely: enslavement to capitalism.

The Irony of American Freedom 

But no one seems to care one whit that our country is going from unity to massive divisions….

We are at an unprecedented moment in America.

For the first time in US history, white Americans are faced with the prospect of becoming a minority in their “own country.” While many in our multicultural cities may well celebrate the “browning of America” as a welcome step away from “white supremacy”, it’s safe to say that large numbers of American whites are more anxious about this phenomenon, whether they admit it or not. Tellingly, a 2012 study showed that more than half of white Americans believe that “whites have replaced blacks as the ‘primary victims of discrimination’.”

Meanwhile, the coming demographic shift has done little to allay minority concerns about discrimination. A recent survey found that 43% of black Americans do not believe America will ever make the changes necessary to give blacks equal rights. Most disconcertingly, hate crimes have increased 20% in the wake of the 2016 election.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/01/how-americas-identity-politics-went-from-inclusion-to-division

I do not see the unity returning….and because I cannot see it…..all I can say is a cartoon from the 1700s….

EVRV2A-00083 (5882843) Framed Prints, Wall Art, Posters, Jigsaws

I fear that the US is looking at a dangerous time ahead….but it is not something we cannot overcome….that is if we as a people want to overcome……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

2 thoughts on “The American Identity

  1. Ever since I was old enough to read and understand stuff, it seemed to me that Americans had no identity, except that of their ancestors. They called themselves ‘Irish’, ‘Dutch’, ‘Italian’, ‘German’, and so on. Anything except ‘English’ of course. Even during WW2, the nicknames of soldiers continued to reflet those European countries of origin.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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