Reflections of an ‘unAmerican’ American

As a child in elementary school I was taught many songs about ‘my’ history. One that comes to mind was called ‘My Country Tis of Thee’….
“Land where my fathers died”…… what a confusing line to someone whose father was very much alive…..
Was the system trying to force an identity onto me?

And what about the tales we were told about the Pilgrims, the first Thanksgiving, etc. , etc. What possible significance could these have to a child whose parents immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe just a few years earlier?

And what about the students of Afro-American heritage…. why were they denied a true picture of what really happened to their ancestors? Not until Alex Hailey wrote the book ‘Roots’ were many of the facts exposed.

We were told that America was a ‘melting pot’….. that’s fine, but what about the ingredients in that pot? The school I attended was in a working class Jewish community in the southern part of Brooklyn. We were ‘taught’ that America was a ‘Christian’ nation. What was ironic about this is the fact that those that taught us this were for the most part Jewish. So, just what did that mean? Were we to lose our identity as Jews and start calling ourselves Christians? Christmas and Easter were both Holidays for us, yet we did not celebrate them at home. Did that make us ‘unAmerican’? Somehow the term ‘melting pot’ did not fit, it was more like a slow cooker where the ‘minority ingredients’ were either burnt away or totally blended in with the other ones in the mix.

There was a sprinkling of non Jews in my school, there were Puerto Ricans whose families moved up north to secure a better life. There were a handful of Afro- Americans as well as some students of Chinese origin. All had a culture of their own, and all were denied that culture…. it just wasn’t American. It was a confusing situation for all of us.

When John Kennedy threw his hat in the ring to become the next President we heared ramblings that he did not stand a chance because he was a Catholic. Were Catholics not Americans? Were we forever to be ruled by the predominant WASPS? Again, a very confusing situation. Brings to mind a joje that my grandmother used to say to me; You are American born, that means that one day you can become the President…. of the local synagogue…. There was allot of truth in what she said, yet, I was to feel proud to be an American….

The Cold War presented new challenges to our ‘nation’….. “America, love it or leave it!” WTF????? Was dissent not allowed? Was criticism not allowed?? What about the ideals set down by our ‘Founding Fathers’ when the ‘nation’ was established? Was all of that merely documents to be viewed in museums? Were we to believe that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were totally outdated and invalid? On one hand we were taught about the glorious principles of ‘our’ Revolution, on the other hand we were taught that to believe in those principles was unAmerican. Whatever happened to the concept of ‘We the people’? should that be changed officially to ‘We the Sheeple’? Again, a most confusing situation.

So, I ask, where do all of the above ramblings and reflections leave us today? I can only surmise that America is in reality a false nation with false prophets…. am I wrong?


  1. November 26, 2008 at 09:44

    […] We were told that America was a ‘melting pot’….. that’s fine, but what about the ingredients in that pot? The school I attended was in a working class Jewish community in the southern part of Brooklyn More […]

  2. John said,

    November 26, 2008 at 12:57

    The US government is going down, just take a look at this broadcast for more information:

    I wish you the best!


  3. November 26, 2008 at 16:24

    It is a false nation and until we see it for what it is then we will be just dazzled by the brilliant distractions. This can help:

    We are not what we think we are. It is time to get wise.

  4. November 26, 2008 at 16:38


  5. James B said,

    November 26, 2008 at 16:59

    You are correct in your ‘ramblings and reflections’. In fact the truth goes even further than what you have written. As I awake every single day I find it difficult to comprehend that things have deteriorated to this point yet it is widely held that we remain a ‘free country’.

    It isn’t confined to merely the ‘financial sector’, it has spread and infected the psychology and social networks of the entire nation. Looking back through history it is possible to become familiar with scenarios and how situations are created. You can even begin to get a clear picture of the mentality of the people that craete these situations. ALL of those things exist right now, here in America.

    Perhaps the more regretful thing is that it is preventable to a certain degree, but not enough people care to look, with eyes wide open, at what is and is to come. Not all Americans are blind, but those that see cannot MAKE the blind see either. We, who do see, need to prepare whomever we can for those times that are surely coming and are, even now, not far off.

    James B.

  6. November 26, 2008 at 17:14

    There are many things that I want to say, but the situation calls for an extra comment – directed towards “John”: This is not a comment to be taken lightly, but his comment needs to be examined for the danger that it represents. The link that John posted takes you to a speech made by Ed Cleveland of the Nationalist Coalition, exhorting “White nationalists” to join in the struggle to restore America to the original “vision” of the founding fathers.

    The speech opens by extolling the virtues of the leader that led Germany out of the economic turmoil caused by the Treaty of Versailles; that leader’s name: Adolf Hitler.

    As virulent as the Zionists driving the madness in Israel may be, the white supremacists are equally depraved: not caring about anyone but their own obscene agendas. Believing that a policy of segregation, isolationism, xenophobia to the point of fanaticism and violent nationalism is the answer to the problems facing the United States as a possible “white nation” is beyond folly – it is an expression of delusional psychosis. The nation that was founded in 1776 included people of colour – they may have only been counted as being the equivalent of “three-fifths” of free persons (a value that was nullified by the ending of slavery and the adoption of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, the Equal Protections Clause, which guarantees equal rights to anyone born in the United States or who has become a naturalized citizen of the United States.

    Equal Rights in America should not be a fantasy, it is something that all people across the land – across the world – should aspire to as an ideal that is attainable for the simple reason that there is no difference between anyone. All we have to differentiate us from one another are the opportunities to succeed or excel, the advantages and the disadvantages that cause our paths to diverge are the the things that make an individuals life differ from another.

    The idea that there is a particular “type” of person from an ethnic group is the worst kind of racist stereotyping. It is akin to the images of the African-Americans siting around a picnic table in the south, eating watermelon and fried chicken. Such stereotypes do nothing but encourage the continuation of ignorance, and the fostering of misunderstandings amongst people who have more in common than they could possibly realize.

    Ignorance is the greatest enemy to America being able to achieve what it possibly can, especially now that the end of the eight years of mediocrity are coming to an end and someone who has more than one coherent thought per hour is taking his place (that has to account for something). What you complained of from your upbringing is not to be dismissed – it is the type of thing that causes many to feel alienated and disenfranchised. This is one of the main problems with jingoism, and something that goes to the heart of what “John” and his cohorts at the Nazi – oh, I meant the Nationalist Coalition – believe in: the more jingoistic you get, the more you tend to lean towards the “right” – towards the “Republican” side of things, turning towards the Stars and Stripes, bowing down at the feet of the founding fathers and thanking them for creating the blessed state in which you now live. The only problem with that being they were a bunch of white folk, sitting around being served drinks by their slaves (except Jefferson who was out back, making babies with his), while they made notes about what to include in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

    The “Sweet Land of Liberty” would have been far sweeter, I’m sure, if the civil rights issues of the 1950’s and 60’s hadn’t been so virulent … and necessary. The fact that several of the so-called “Red States” of today are such because of Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act, in 1964 – following the assassination of JFK (Kennedy had proposed the Act on June 6, 1963) indicates the high levels of racism that still exist in the United States.

    Jingoism and nationalism are never too far from the surface in the United States – just look at the tumult that erupted over Obama not wearing an American flag pin at some point during the campaign. The fact that McCain had been seen in public without one on occasion didn’t seem to bother those from the “right” … but that was another story. This past election used race, in an undercurrent fashion, in an attempt to steer the results of the election. By selecting a white woman running mate John McCain hoped that he would excite the “base” – the evangelical Christians.

    They were excited. Fortunately they were not enough. Just as there were many non-Nazi Germans during the war who helped Jews and other innocents, there are many non-fanatically political Christians today in the United States, and many of them voted for Obama.

    If the dream of Dr King, that people will be judged by the content of their character rather than the colour of their skin can come true for Barack Obama than it can come true for children growing up in schools across the nation – at least, I hope and pray that it can.

    No longer should we be hearing the rhetoric of hatred with the caveat that it is “protected” speech, rather let us hear things that elevates us, let us speak things extolling the virtues of our fellow man, let us speak of that which brings us together, not of what divides us. As little children play together in innocence, without judgment, let us not judge without discernment; there is much to learn from the differences if we would only take the time to look.

    The greatest enemy to peace is fear.

  7. nobodysaysBOO said,

    November 26, 2008 at 17:17

    Si senior!
    Maybe this is why there is no longer any consensis on anything american, only retoric about red indians, mexicans and jews and all of the new black holidays,and street remaning, NOTHING american is politically correct.A new start will begin with giving our american JOBS BACK!

  8. Robin said,

    November 26, 2008 at 21:08

    Excuse me nobodysaysBOO, but your comment is disgusting.

    And John up above, you happen to be John Ubele, the Operations Manager of the Nationalist Coalition, a successor organization to the now-defunct National Vanguard. Want to see that?

    Stormfront t-shirts for sale?

    So you happened to stumble upon a blog and leave your comment here because you are just the type of white nationalist who attempts to appropriate the Palestinian cause as part of their PURE:Y anti-semitic agenda. Let’s be honest now, you’d just as soon throw Palestinians under the bus also, they are simply a TOOL in your FULL ON white racism which includes ANYONE non-white, and of course every Jew on the planet.

    GET OVER IT. Anyone with a brain in their head sees you for what you are yourselves, racist CREEPS!

  9. November 26, 2008 at 21:40

    …um…all nations are false?
    …spooner? [it might help]

    “The question of treason is distinct from that of slavery; and is the same that it would have been, if free States, instead of slave States, had seceded.

    On the part of the North, the war was carried on, not to liberate slaves, but by a government that had always perverted and violated the Constitution, to keep the slaves in bondage; and was still willing to do so, if the slaveholders could be thereby induced to stay in the Union.

    The principle, on which the war was waged by the North, was simply this: That men may rightfully be compelled to submit to, and support, a government that they do not want; and that resistance, on their part, makes them traitors and criminals.

    No principle, that is possible to be named, can be more self-evidently false than this; or more self-evidently fatal to all political freedom. Yet it triumphed in the field, and is now assumed to be established. If it really be established, the number of slaves, instead of having been diminished by the war, has been greatly increased; for a man, thus subjected to a government that he does not want, is a slave. And there is no difference, in principle — but only in degree — between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man’s ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and [*iv] asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure.

    Previous to the war, there were some grounds for saying that — in theory, at least, if not in practice — our government was a free one; that it rested on consent. But nothing of that kind can be said now, if the principle on which the war was carried on by the North, is irrevocably established.

    If that principle be not the principle of the Constitution, the fact should be known. If it be the principle of the Constitution, the Constitution itself should be at once overthrown.”

  10. November 26, 2008 at 21:54

    just say NO to everything and anything that seeks or requires your consent to govern you and/or others…

    it’s quite simple, really [on paper, anyway. in action it is kinda tricky being that everything is owned by somebody or something before you even got your turn at the plate: all pitches are screwy and there is simply NO WAY to score unless you PLAY ACCORDING TO THE NATURE OF THE GAME: the game is CORRUPTION as both METHOD AND GOAL.

    [I take the “NO” option, but then again I’m god so it doesn’t apply to me…]

    good luck folks: remember: gravity works.

  11. DavidG. said,

    November 27, 2008 at 06:08

    It’s cruel, Steve, challenging Americans to examine themselves, their lives.

    It’s easier for them to continue to believe everything they’ve been told even if not much of it makes sense.

    What’re you trying to do? Create mass hysteria?

  12. American Patriot said,

    December 1, 2008 at 10:10



    Just like most that I have spoken to of your sort, you harbor much anger toward the world as a whole, and still blame many innocent people for what happened many years ago. Most of us recall those incidents, but do not want to purposely remember and live by those incidents. I am sorry that your life is not such that you can understand our desire to just live our life, and attempt to coexist with every nationality and religion of the world, besides the wishes of our government who obviously overpowers us along with our corporations.

    Blah blah blah zionists, haters, blah blah crap. Wake up. As you type your words of hate, you become your words of hate. Unfortunately, America will probably fall, against my will, but please understand what you wish upon people before you wish it. I love my country because of what it once was, and what it once stood for. Not what it has become now. I dont stand for a country that wants to dominate the world, I stand for a country that wants to set a standard for the rest of the world, fight terrorism, and generally make the world a better place for everyone. Combat hunger, poverty, and war.

    Make no mistake, I will stand by my country til the day I die, although I disagree with some of the decisions. I wish it could be different.

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