Sunday, September 26, 2010
“What are you? What do you believe?”
by John Alexander Madison
September 27, 2010
An American: According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, an American is (1) an American Indian of North America or South America, (2) a native or inhabitant of North America or South America, (3) a citizen of the United States. You may not agree with the part that says you are an American if you are an inhabitant of North America, just as you might not agree that being an inhabitant of France makes one a Frenchman or being an inhabitant of Denmark makes one a Dane. The dictionary goes on to define an inhabitant as one that occupies a particular place regularly, routinely, or for a period of time.
Conclusion, you can call yourself what you want, an American, a Frenchman, or a Dane but that doesn’t make you one…you are what you are. And by that I mean one can call himself an American but that doesn’t mean you are a person entitled to all the rights and privileges of citizenship. Are you an American?
A citizen: A citizen is defined as a native or naturalized person who owes allegiance to a government and is entitled to protection from it. Naturalization is the acquisition of citizenship and nationality by somebody who was not a citizen or national of that country when he or she was born. Are you an American Citizen? Do you owe allegiance to the government of the United States of America?
Most of us take issue with those who are not American citizens by any stretch of the imagination (or law) but yet they insist on all the privileges and rights of citizenship…without allegiance to the government or country.
Christians and Muslims: Christian is a person who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ. In Arabic, Muslim means, literally, one who submits to God. It is the civilization erected upon Islamic faith. Stephen Bates writes it was not a completely new faith but is the third great monotheistic religion. In Muslim eyes, Mohammed completes a succession of prophets, including Abraham, Moses and Jesus, each of whom refined and restated the message of God.
Father Theodore Pulcini says just as there are many "Christianities," there are many "Islams" and most have very little to do with "Islamism," or radical Islam, that militant, extremist fringe of Islam which, despite its claim to "traditionalism," actually violates such perennial Islamic values as tolerance, forbearance, hospitality, and broad-mindedness. Are you an American citizen of Christian or Muslim faith?
Socialism, Communism, Democratic Republics, and Capitalism: Socialism is described as any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods…a system or condition of society in which there is no private property; a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state; a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between communism and capitalism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.
Communism is a theory advocating elimination of private property…a system in which goods are owned in common and are available to all as needed. Merriam-Webster defines communism as a doctrine based on revolutionary Marxian socialism and Marxism-Leninism that was the official ideology of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; a totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production; a final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably.
And then there are Democratic Republics. A republic is a form of government in which the people or some portion thereof retain supreme control over the government, and in which the head of government is not a monarch. The word "republic" is derived from the Latin phrase res publica, which can be translated as "a public affair". In republics such as the United States and France, the executive is legitimized both by a constitution and by popular suffrage. Suffrage is defined as a political franchise, or simply the civil right to vote which is a unique and critical feature of a democratic republic.
Capitalism is an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
As for ‘secular progressives,’ a term coined by Bill O’Reilly, without getting into a lengthy discussion of the term (its positive or negative connotations, depending on your views) the term secular refers to anything that is not pertaining to religion or spirituality. The term progressive, though somewhat difficult to define, generally refers to people or political movements with liberal or left values.
Now let’s get more serious as it pertains to the next two generations of American citizens, your children and grandchildren.
The initial questions posed by this article were “What are you? What do you believe?”
What you are does not necessarily mean you are good or bad…it just defines you. You are what you are and it is entirely within your control to define yourself based on your core values and how you live your life through your beliefs, deeds and actions. It is not up to your government to decide for you.
As for me, I am an American citizen of the Christian faith. I will oppose all efforts to abandon our successful democratic republic form of government simply to experiment with socialism or communism. We know that has never worked. Neither socialism nor communism has ever been a successful government model. I believe in self-determination, capitalism, the free market economy and in individual property rights.
In addition, I support the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools and if that offends someone, I am truly sorry. I will firmly oppose the efforts of secular progressives who are attempting to impose ‘fundamental change’ in our country and a one world order. Secular progressives are systematically destroying our country as it has existed for over 230 years…and that is “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
As for you, you’ll need to answer these questions before you vote your November 2, 2010 ballot. I hope you already know who you are and what you believe. If you have one shred of intellectual honesty it is quite clear to me that we may very well, finally, get the change we can believe in.
You have less than forty days and forty nights to decide.