posted on Oct, 21 2009 @ 03:35 PM
Everyone else has pretty much said what needs to be said. Let me say one thing, however:
If you really had to label me, I am what you'd call a cultural conservative. I agree with Centurion when he says that American is about assimilation,
not multiculturalism. Therefore, I completely agree when people say political correctness has gone haywire and has had a very negative impact on this
country. What kind of "tolerance" is it when we cannot argue for an official language without being branded a nativist and a racist? Example -
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, was called a racist on multiple occasions, for calling for English to be the official language. More
importantly, what kind of country are we when we cannot even fly our own country's flag in public? Sometimes I can't blame the tin foil hat and far
right crowd for their absurd conspiracy theories.
However, we need to be careful with our rhetoric, because sometimes the rhetoric is simply wrong. As others have stated, the term "traditional
Americans" is an entirely subjective one, but when stated, it does imply that the "traditional" American is one that is patriachal, excessively
conservative, white Christian-dominated and thus had no problem with the oppression that was going on prior to our social revolution. The "Leave it
to Beaver" society, as a previous poster pointed out. It often bothers me, when I hear people speak in this context, because I know it is possible
for America to be multiracial, multireligious, and multiethnic without being patriarchal, conservative, oppressive, etc. I also know it to be possible
for America to be multiracial, multireligious, and multiethnic without being communistic, excesssively politically correct, and so self-deriding.
But let it be known, when people write articles such as the one that motivated the OP, they are usually calling for a return or a formation of a
society in which the white Christian man rules, a fascist society. That bothers me.