Jejudo, South Korea
What was perhaps unclear to a few (Mike, Tim, and Denise was why I labeled the link, "Is this American?" Admittedly, I didn't get this at first, but I see now that they saw it as a clarion call for all that has gone wrong in the last four years.
My intent wasn't so lofty. If you notice the first quoted letter in the article, you'll read, "This is un-American."
I just reversed that.
Can people decry other's right to free speech under the banner of free speech?
Should we decry that?
I think so.
Now, you can argue that these are a few nutcases and they should be ignored, you can shrug and say that they have free speech too, you can say that I have an ideologically charged agenda (as I tried to point out early, that's like the pot calling the kettle black)*.
And yet the question still remains, is it American? Now, if we're basically going to say that an American has a blue passport and that's it, well, I have no argument.
If it means something more, if it means an adherence to some ideal, never completely fulfilled, but always striving towards that ideal.
What is that ideal?
What does it mean to be an American?
*I like the Korean version of this sentiment much better. Loosely translated, it means, "The dog covered in crap scoffs at the dog covered in chaff."