I usually don’t write about politics here because it usually ends up in nothing more than a series of insults being traded between one another in the comment section. I feel I have to write this because of the current political climate in the United States.
First of all, I voted for Trump. There, I said it! But you know what? I WANT MY VOTE BACK! I have realized that we have made a huge mistake voting this person into the highest office in the land. He is the equivalent of a man-child, everything negative said about him no matter how small it may be provokes him into going into a Twitter rant. That is completely unbecoming of the President of the United States let alone any leader no matter what position he or she holds. A leader needs to know when to simply brush something off their shoulders as if it doesn’t matter. Now I’m not saying that he shouldn’t defend himself but the way he has been defending himself lately reminds me of a four year old in a temper tantrum.
The people on the extreme Left (one of the commenters below pointed this distinction out to me) likes to call anyone on the Right as a White Nationalist. They can’t stand the idea that many on the right want to put America first. They also call anyone on the Right bigots, sexists, and whatever other -ist word you can come up with. I’m going to set the record straight here… Not everyone on the Right are like that, I certainly am not. Yes I believe that America and her people should be put first before the needs of other nations. Why that is a problem I have no idea. Shouldn’t it be a nation’s job to stand up for her citizens? Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with that!
Now onto the subject of my post here, Identity Politics. Titles. Yes, titles. It’s the thing that separates us more than what unites us. Every single person living in the United States is an American. But a lot of people like to put words in front of the word “American” like Puerto Rican American, African American, Asian American, Polish American (my grandmother thinks of herself as that), Spanish American, Mexican American, and so on and so forth. Yes, those words in front of the word “American” are titles and they serve as nothing more than something to separate us, to keep as fighting with each other. Here is an idea… let’s drop those titles.
Instead of Puerto Rican American, call yourself an American.
Instead of African American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Asian American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Polish American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Spanish American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Mexican American, call yourself an American.
See what I just did there? I dropped the title in front of the word “American”.
I bet you are asking why I did that? And I know, many people in those groups are going to start screaming bloody murder because of what I just said above but I want you to sit there and ask yourself two simple questions. Why does it bother you so much? Why do you cling to the old titles? Those titles serve only as a way to separate us, to keep as fighting with each other. There is far more that unites us rather than what divides us, or at least, there should be. And what is that reason? One word… American. We are all Americans, it doesn’t matter where you came from, we are all Americans. If we as society can only learn to drop the titles, the things that separate us, we will finally be able to unite all of ourselves under one flag, one nation, one people. The United States of America. Then, and only then, will we have the harmony that I truly believe America can have.
We are all Americans, remember that next time you approach someone of a different race. Put that aside and embrace that person not as a different race but as a fellow American. That is how you create harmony, that is how you unite us all under one common cause.
I know that this isn’t going to be easy, it’s probably going to be the hardest thing that society will ever try to do. For decades the idea of holding onto your cultural identity was seen as the thing to do if you were from somewhere else. Things like how you celebrate holidays, family traditions, etc. I’m not at all saying that you should throw those things that make you who you are away, no… that’s not what I’m saying at all. Unfortunately some people are going to think that I’m referring to that kind of stuff but that’s not true. You can still hold onto your cultural heritage while uniting with everyone else as one people in this great nation of ours.
Oh, and while we’re at it… let’s get rid of Right and Left, Democrat and Republican.