All Americans should be united

DEAR EDITOR:

As an avowed patriot and USA cheerleader, I often take time to contemplate “cures” for all that ails us. What better day to write down some thoughts than on America’s birthday?

In my opinion, the biggest impediment to people relations in America today is hyphenated descriptors — everything-American. Does it really matter if someone identifies as African-American, Italian-American, Irish-American or whatever-American? The common thread is American, right? One would think there would be enough common ground in the latter half of the hyphenated argument to allow people to communicate intelligently and rationally. Apparently not. Why?

First, here’s some history. America’s Founding Fathers (smarter than I) were apt to identify with the neighborhood from which they hailed in Virginia, Georgia, New York, Philadelphia or Connecticut. Regardless of the affiliation, they all had their rice bowls. That means, “Don’t touch that; it’s mine.” Perhaps the hyphen-whatevers popular today allow folks to mash together rice bowls and heritage, with a dash of culture to justify attributes. It’s for convenience, and in today’s world of abbreviated thoughts and words, it works for them.

In order to form a “More perfect union,” the smart guys worked together to iron out their differences. I’m guessing there was a lot of pushing and shoving — verbally of course — but it got the job done.

Today’s attention grabbers (not smarter than I) — Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Democrats, Republicans and maybe even Kardashians, to name a few — need to read some history. Do we want anarchy, civil unrest, riots in the streets and anger? Wait! There it is! The fly in the soup, so to speak. Who is “we?” I suppose some of the “we” do want anarchy, riots and hate. But not the smart ones.

We want constructive dialogue, respect and consideration. We want results that continue to forge a “more perfect union.” We want to know that in hyphenated America, all people have the opportunity to rise up and achieve personal growth through individual effort. Can we please put the emphasis on the word American, not hyphenated-whatever?

MICHAEL POPADAK

Bazetta

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