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25 posted 01-02-2005 11:05 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel

Awww Balladeer, I'm sorry if I made it sound like that. I didn't mean to sound "we" like a metonymy for the United States at large, as in those brimstone comments are what the average American spews. If I may clarify, I meant "we" as in this nation as it is is deeply polarized as two conflicting political mainstream systems of ideas, and indeed the both of us ourselves have indeed felt passionately about our beliefs and sometimes overreact over certain tamer discrepancies. That's what I meant.

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26 posted 01-02-2005 11:29 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

gotcha, Noah...appreciate the clarification...and I agree
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Noah... I don't think you got my point... Uhh it alll cool.
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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?

Sure.

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."

 
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