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April 06, 2006

roots

I am a true American mutt.

I know very little about my family's heritage. All the old birth records in Kentucky went up in smoke when the Harlan County Courthouse burned down in 1910, so my grandmother's family bible is about the only document remaining that details my family tree. This much I have learned:

One of my great-grandfathers married a native American woman. He was a squaw-man and I have some redskin blood in me.

Another great-grandfather married a red-headed Irish woman. That's a good story, because my great-grandfather met her while he was in jail for some kind of crime involving moonshine or violence (or both) and my red-headed Irish great-grandmother earned money by feeding the prisoners. He saw her chopping wood for the jailhouse cook-stove one day and he walked over to her and said, "Let me cut that wood for you. You're too pretty to be doing that." The rest is history. (Yes, I come from a long line of charmers.)

I also know that I have some Dutch (I suspect that my mama's side of the family came to the Kentucky hollows from Pennsylvania during the Whiskey Rebellion, but I can't prove it.), English and French connections on the family tree. As I said, I am an American mutt.

But none of that crap makes ME want to wave a Dutch flag, call France my "homeland" or feel any kinship with Ward Churchill, especially since I have more Native American blood in me than he does. I'm an AMERICAN, pure and simple. Stick your hypenated shit where the sun don't shine.

I know exactly when calling yourself an American, with no hypenation, became politically incorrect--- somehow akin to being assimilated by the Borg collective. It started with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. "I'm Black and I'm Proud" resonated with the population, and when blacks started calling themselves "African-Americans," EVERYBODY wanted to attach a cool ethnic appendage to celebrate THEIR roots, too. Thus, we had an outbreak of diversity, resulting in lots of hypenated-Americans.

Italian-American. Irish-American. Spanish-American. Where you came from suddenly became more important to your identity than where you were. All hail diversity!

Bullshit. That kind of thinking led directly to the anti-American (THERE'S a legitimate hyphen for you!) demonstrations over immigration that we recently witnessed. And if you don't believe that the demonstrations WERE Anti-American, just look at who was involved.

Roots. Become too obsessed with them and they will strangle you. And tear down this country, too.

Comments

Sitting and watching the moonbats defending 'your' rep. in congress, According to McKinney's defenders if you comitt a crime in the future you can wait three days and apoligize and all should be forgiven. Now the criminals have another out if they follow the moonbat rules. Does that include murder and rape. LMAO

Posted by: scrapiron on April 6, 2006 01:10 PM

I sent this to your email rob but you must not have got it. I think this says it all:

Teddy had it Right
Not Kennedy But Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Every American Citizen needs to read this!

Posted by: Trish on April 6, 2006 08:47 PM

I don't do the hyphenated bullshit either, but if I did, I'd be a Redneck-American.

Posted by: Tennessee Budd on April 7, 2006 01:07 PM

amen,here while back,i did a little research on my family tree.found out some were good folk ,some were real low life.some were heros,some were cowards.but i realized that was not me.we are who we are,not who our ancestors were.like you i won't be waveing a dutch flag.i am american,not dutch-american.thanks for a good point..

Posted by: billfry on April 7, 2006 01:08 PM

I thought we use to call border jumpers criminals. Shit, now we fall to the ground and praise them for taking the low paying jobs that those lazy homeless Americans would like to do, but can't because it is cheaper to hire illegals. I interviewed in LA a couple years ago at the Yoplait plant, the non-american sitting across from me wanted to know if I spoke spanish. I replied, I don't need to, I have never met a mexican Engineer yet.. Now India is a different story. No owes anyone a job, however why do we give jobs to these imported American hating individuals, instead of our own Vets and real citizens not those carrying a card from another country. Where the hell are the checks and balances. I was laid off two weeks ago, while a non-American non-degreed Engineer stayed on, had nothing to do with knowledge.... *** As my last statement, I love the Teddy Roosevelt quote.**

Posted by: cybernut on April 10, 2006 09:09 PM

I thought we use to call border jumpers criminals. Shit, now we fall to the ground and praise them for taking the low paying jobs that those lazy homeless Americans would like to do, but can't because it is cheaper to hire illegals. I interviewed in LA a couple years ago at the Yoplait plant, the non-american sitting across from me wanted to know if I spoke spanish. I replied, I don't need to, I have never met a mexican Engineer yet.. Now India is a different story. No owes anyone a job, however why do we give jobs to these imported American hating individuals, instead of our own Vets and real citizens not those carrying a card from another country. Where the hell are the checks and balances. I was laid off two weeks ago, while a non-American non-degreed Engineer stayed on, had nothing to do with knowledge.... *** As my last statement, I love the Teddy Roosevelt quote.**

Posted by: cybernut on April 10, 2006 09:09 PM
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