Hyphenated America - How Politically Correct So Called Sensitivity Is Destroying Our Nation - Division-ism

America was the original melting pot.

America became the greatest nation on earth because it was a mixture of the best of many an ethnicity. Now, the hyphen before the word American is more and more preventing that mix, that melting together that made us great. American was built on the blood, sweat and sacrifice of tens of thousands since before the name was even given. It was a dream in the hearts and mind's of the oppressed, the rejected, the sad, the lonely, and the lost who overcame and gave their lives so that we would all be free.

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Who really discovered America?

It is widely thought the very first people on America's soil were Asians who migrated over the Bering Strait land bridge which connected Asia and North America in ancient times. Many others arrived on this soil long before Columbus was even born. We have physical evidence the Vikings were here, not to mention a pit stop made by Americo Vespucio for whom our nation is named. Some now posit, with a certain amount of evidence, that the Phoenicians arrived here as well. Let us not forget that by the time of Vespucio or of Columbus many nations of what are now all lumped together as Native American tribes covered this land.

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Did we ever get along?

Of all the different peoples that came here, few got along with others they encountered. One could easily argue the Native American tribes were living here peacefully, as they had been for thousands of years, but that is only partially true. They allied with some tribes and warred with others. The Chickasaw were noted for having been extremely hostile and war minded. They are now extinct. Tribal beliefs, cultures, and systems of government varied greatly among the tribes but it should be noted that all had much more respect for the land than any since. It appears there has been fighting on this blood saturated soil since the first Homo Sapien Sapien stepped onto it.

Ben said...

"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

July 4, 1776

His words still ring true today.




We needed to unite.

By the time of the American Revolution, many had already made great sacrifices for the nation we know today. Ben Franklin, wise man that he was, saw that America was by and large a vast land of people who still identified themselves with whatever heritage they were born to or where ever their ancestors came from, not with the new land they were about to be asked to defend. He coined the term American in an effort to unite a nation.

Good ole Ben Franklin saw that unification was the only way we stood a chance. Did it at that time include all peoples? Sadly, no. It did not include women, or slaves, or the native tribes, or many others.

Stand together, or fall...

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It was a start.

It was a move in the right direction. Ben’s idea of uniting us through a name we all could share worked, though it took generations for many groups to be included. Again though, it worked. Without it we never would have survived. America would not exist. Just imagine for a moment what the world would be like without the formation and survival of America. Possibly it would not be a place where freedom is enjoyed anywhere. Europe, perhaps the entire globe, might very well be under Nazi control.

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Ben Franklin


What have we done?

The trend developed in the 1980s of a hyphen before what we are, i.e. American, is destroying the unity his idea bore. It is yet another source of division among us when we should be thinking more about what we have in common. We, all of us, are suffering under a government that is eating our freedoms daily like a ravenous beast, under the threat of economic collapse, under a machine of propaganda and politically correct programming that may very well be what defeats our great nation from within our own boundaries, and more importantly, our own minds.

Hyphenated American

This is a more sensitive approach to labeling to be sure, but is there a more insidious motive driving the evolution of such descriptive terms?

This hub shall endeavor to do the following...

Who am I? What am I?

If I were to buy into the ideology of politically correct labeling, I would have to identify myself as a female, southern, Native American-French-Irish, vertically challenged, aging American. Good Lord, what a mouthful that is! Does the term really describe me, who I am as a person? No. It really doesn't. What it does is box me into some predefined categories. By allowing that to happen, I rob myself of so much more. I am an American. I am an amateur poet and writer. I am a free thinker. I am a rebel. I am a headbanger. I am a child of God. I am many, many things all rolled into one as are we all.

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Being hyphenated hurts us individually.

By allowing such hyphenated terms to be applied to us or by applying them to others we reduce what an individual is to the most basic observable characteristics. The book is judged by its cover without ever having been read.

Individually, such hyphenated labels distance us from the collective, from our fellow Americans. It alienates us all from each other. It is a constant reminder that we are different. Hyphenations are a subtle yet powerful mental message that we may be discriminated against at any given time. No one wants to be discriminated against. Being different is too often seen as being bad especially by younger people, contrary to what they say. If they really wanted to be seen as different they would not dress alike, bow down to peer pressure, and spend hundreds of dollars on the shoes they just have to have now or they will die!

Lastly, on an individual level, in all fairness, it does remind us of our heritage. The question I pose is do we really need that? I know I'm female. I know where I came from. How about those who do not know, the young? Do we really want them growing up always being labeled as this or that subgroup and not part of the larger family? What message does that send? Perhaps, forgive the expression, it's one of the red headed stepchild variety.

(Red haired step children everywhere I do not mean to offend you. I am not singling you out. I'm just trying to make a point. You too are humans and as such are as valuable as anyone else).

Hyphenation hurts us collectively.

Obviously, as covered, this hyphenation of Americans further promotes division among us. Not so obvious, perhaps, is that it instills a greater sense of fear. There exists the fear of discrimination and hate crimes, fear of not belonging, and fear of being singled out because of differences from another hyphenated group and so on to infinity. Fear, fear, fear, it's everywhere and it's getting worse. This hyphenation breeds an us against them mentality. When one stops to consider how many hyphenations are circulating about right now, the "us" can get very small indeed.

For example : I am, when hyphenated, a female-southern-Native American-French-Irish-vertically challenged-aging American. The first box I'm thrown into by the term is female. That's the us for me now. That damn hyphen just took my us from all down to just over half. The next box I'm now relegated to is Native American. Oh wow, I have really done it now. That's a pretty small percentage of the population. You get the idea. My group of us is steadily shrinking to the point that I'm feeling all alone just thinking about it!

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Do we all go around consciously thinking about this craziness? No, of course not. Most of us are too busy working and trying just to get by in hard times. Does our subconscious mind register this, process it, and up our fear levels as a result? You bet your you know what it does. As fear increases so does a lack of tolerance for others, for ourselves, for all the annoying little things that happen every day. Ironic is it not that the terms that were supposedly to promote tolerance truly help decrease it?

Lastly, it further promotes a fear of speaking. How many of us walk around today biting our tongues afraid we might say the wrong thing? Can you honestly say you have not heard of anyone getting in some serious trouble in relation to this issue? Again, guys and gals, our subconscious mind remembers everything. Every time we hear of this it tells us, be careful! That could be you if you don't watch what you say, every second of every day for the rest of your life. Who needs that kind of pressure? Well now, dear reader, that is the million dollar question.

Freedoms lost

The right to privacy - Lost after 911

All communication - phone conversations, Internet postings, your mail, the Christmas card you sent your grandmother, everything. Big brother is watching. Is this needed to stop terrorism? All includes children. Are the tweeners talking about who's hot this week really terrorist? Make sense? Think about it.

Go to an airport. Talk to the elderly that have been strip searched yet they are infirm and can't get out of their wheelchairs. Talk to the parents of children who have been molested in the name of looking for dangerous things. Funny, women in black robes from head to toe are not searched, unless they are nuns. Make sense? Think about it.

“It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights.”

Ben Franklin

Who needs it and how they benefit.

Corrupt politicians and leaders wanting to eradicate freedom need it.

  • They benefit.
  • Evil benefits.
  • Oppression benefits.
  • Those pushing for the New World Order benefit.

No one can argue the fact that over the last two decades Americans have lost a great many personal freedoms that were guaranteed under the Constitution. Through this PC ideology we have been collectively duped. We have been brainwashed to think of what might be hurtful before thinking of what is true. The atmosphere of fear and division we breathe has allowed for distraction above all else. Our leaders, on both sides, are aware of this. Look at the legislation passed just in the last four years. Take the health care reform often known as Obama-Care for instance. It was pitched to the public as a piece of legislation designed to help all Americans have access to health care. OK. That sounded good.

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The right to a trial - Lost within the last few weeks

NDAA -

  • You no longer have the right to know the charges against you.
  • You no longer have the right to a trial.
  • They don't have to prove anything.
  • They need only say they have suspicion that you are a terrorist. That term is rapidly being applied to anyone who questions "them."
  • They can and will invade your home, shoot your pets, take your belongs, lock you up, use "enhanced integration methods" on you and your family, including your CHILDREN, until such time as ye be dead. Make sense? Think about it!

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Common Sense, it's an endangered species.

Was it?

It was soon pointed out that many already had health insurance and would have to pay more for it under the new legislation. That led to the notion that those who had the means to afford it were better off than those who did not, i.e. the poor. Here we went again with the hyphenation, the us against them mentality on such a slow, PC level that we didn't even see it coming. Anyone who dared to criticize was labeled as someone who had no sympathy for the poor. Anyone pointing out that it took away our right to chose was judged as wanting to push little old ladies over a cliff. It's hard to stand up to that kind of pressure though there was not an ounce of truth in it. Again we see PC used as a tool that spawned the fear of speaking out.

Many in the medical field have pointed out, to their detriment, that this legislation will actually deny health care for huge numbers of the elderly, the disabled, the poor. They have pointed out that it will drive up the cost of health care. It will put further burdens on insurance companies who will then have to pass said financial burdens onto the people. Many in the financial and insurance sectors have pointed out that it will bankrupt the nation. The critics have been labeled as racist, uncaring monsters. Not many have the courage to speak up as a result. Thank God some still do though they are paying for it. We all are.

Next, we were so distracted by the us against them bull that most of us didn't take the time to read the legislation passed. Guys and gals, it was literally over hundreds of pages of dry legalese. Those in power know many can't and most won't wade through that much print. Do you really think it wasn't written that way on purpose with that in the forefront of the minds of those that wrote it? They know us. They know how we think and act and they use that to keep us at each others throats while they take steps daily that will end the free world.

At the same time that was going on, our so called leader was printing money like no one's business which further weakened the dollar at a time when we were facing economic doom. We still are. Anyone bothering to question that was called a racist. How dare you question? It must be because you are a racist since he knows best. If not labeled a racist, said questioner was labeled as rich. Notice, now rich and poor are hyphenated as well though this hyphen is invisible, only implied. The us against them mind set this ideology has bred is far from invisible and seen all over the country. If you haven't seen it, just look for articles on the Occupy Movement.

There was another us against them distraction, the Occupy Movement which used PC terminology in a new way. This one was truly clever on their part.

But alas, that is a topic for another day.

In conclusion, dear reader, you may not agree with me. That's Ok. Please, look around. See the world as it is. Think. Decide for yourself while you are still able. That right too is coming under attack and as such is also a topic for another day.

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Will you mindlessly consume their platters of lies, propaganda swill?
It and the mentality it creates, the ongoing series from the poet's quill.

© Vix a.k.a. Rhonda Enrayne 12-31-11

Disclaimer: This article is my opinion only.

"Hey You" Pink Floyd

Don't let that video be our future.

We in America have been too quiet for too long. We have been too distracted for too long. We have been divided for too long. I urge you, act now by flooding our officials with phone calls, mail, email... Make them repeal the laws they have passed restricting our freedoms. The Constitution worked. It was corrupt officials operating above and outside of it that did this. Act now. If you wait, it will be too late. The Occupy movement had one thing going for them, numbers. We can, through a shout so mighty as to be heard from sea to shining sea, demand our freedom, all of us... for we are America.

God bless America.

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Disclaimer: This article is my opinion only. If you are keeping up with current events, you understand. My fellow politically minded Hubbers, I strongly suggest you start including the same.

Hyphenated America

How do you feel about being a hyphenated American, for we all are by someone?

  • Who cares, no one is listening.
  • I'm an American, not a flipping punctuation mark.
  • I'm more my heritage than American. I'm not accepted here.
  • What's a hyphen?
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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Scarey stuff, Poetvix. This time I did vote. I love Pink Floyd, but have never seen the video, and I pray never to get involved in what happens in that video, but no guarantees for the future, the very near future.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

SubRon7 ~ I share your prayer. The future is looking darker and darker but I really, deep down believe we have to do what we can, what we must. God bless.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

poetvix - I've been following along and you've been doing a wonderful job with this.

Happy New Year from one Texan to another.

The Frog


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

The Frog Prince ~ Gee whiz, I do love that avatar and name. It makes me smile every time I see it. Frogs are the coolest. I have several huge bullfrogs that live in the pond and I love to hear them cut up at night. Thank you so much for reading, especially considering how long and drawn out this is. Happy New Year to you, sir Frog and may all of your hopping land you on happy hubs. God bless.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The latest is the wealthy American VS everyone else. Obama, the supposed 'uniter', is actively drumming up hatred of the wealthy, while simultaneously accepting their campaign dollars.

America has always been divided, and it has always been the Democrats who support that division and benefit from it.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Will ~ Thank you so much for dropping in and commenting. I find it ironic that he is drumming up hatred for the rich as you say. He is one of them. The words rich and democrat, in my opinion, are also changing. The word rich is being programmed into our minds to mean anyone that has a decent job and doesn't look old, poor or like a thug. Democrats, while granted have always leaned in a more liberal direction, have changed over the last decade to what looked like to me, upon first glance as socialists. Upon further study I have changed my opinion to fascist. I'm speaking of the officials and higher ups here, not the common man. This is just my opinion of course, though I feel it does have some merit. Further, if you know what the term “religious deception” means, and I’m sure you do, I think that has really come into play too. Thanks again and God bless you and yours in this New Year and God Bless America!.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Here is a math exercise to determine rich in the eyes of Congress.

Take the 525 members of Congress and individually subtract their yearly congressional salary and benefits including pensions from their Net Wealth.

That number determines what rich is from the viewpoint of the individual member of congress.

The reason that I proposed this math exercise is that Congressmen don't get rich from their government wages. It may be comfortable for most people, but it is in no way Rich or Wealthy.

If you had their salary and benefits, how many years, if ever, would it take to accumulate a billion dollars?


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

ib radmasters ~ I do like math. You make a good point. They have major money before being elected. Sadly, I think PC is programming many of us to believe anyone who is comfortable is rich and that just is not true. A million dollars really isn't that much anymore in the scheme of things. Thank you for reading and commenting. God bless.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

This is an excellent series, and I hope it serves to shake up folks to what is really going on in America under the radar. You are spot on about the intention of this labeling campaign as the goal of any bully is to intimidate his or her victim by isolation and instilling a feeling of helplessness and powerlessness. The more hypenated labels, the more a person feels isolated.

The video was chilling...it is hard to believe that we have a president who makes statements like "the Constitution is an imperfect document..." Oh, really? By whose standards? Or how about the "the founding fathers had a blind spot?" Would that be their Judeo Christian blind spot?

Thanks for taking the time to put this together and do the research. I especially like how you are refuting the revisionist attempt to change American history by citing the true facts.

Voted up and shared in the hopes that your words and that video will wake up some folks.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....another engrossing chapter of valued insight and respected opinion by you Miss R and will once again be posted to my Facebook page with great appreciation of your work, intellect and passion ..... lake erie time ontario canada 8:33am just watched the daybreak come up over the lake 45 minutes ago and I really love your profile introduction - it speaks very highly of you as I always do.

p.s. - could you indulge me in a favor if you're up to it and put together a hub of your favorite heavy metal tunes of all time - just a thought - what do you think?


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, well, I am not American, but trust me you could have been speaking for the English, or at least I think I am! I know that there is Canadian floating around my DNA, but then where did he come from originally?! England, Scotland Wales or Ireland? I totally see your point, its exactly like that over here. for example there is a certain very popular guy on TV over here that's always getting into trouble for saying something wrong! wrong? never! recently on his show he went to 'another country', note that I am too scared to say which one!! and he mentioned slums, toilets being a bit dirty, and a few other things that were totally true, now the witch hunt is on, yet on the same day, another so called politition, 'foreign'! was talking about the london riots and even though it was those same 'foreign' people who made up the majority of the trouble makers, she said, and I quote 'the English police are institutionally racist'!! Two points, one we have to creep around being so careful to be 'sensitive' to other nationalities, and Two, she insulted our English people and police! how is that not racist? this country, England, has always been very tolerant to others, we invite people in, bring out laws to be equal, and its the other 'foreigners' who throw it back in our faces! equality means just that! if a certain foreign group cause trouble then they should be made accounted for, not taken aside as a separate group and have to be treated with 'sensitive'! why? we are all equal, its going down the pot, as we say, we are being split apart by do gooders, time it stopped, and yes I totally agree with you! cheers nell


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Donna ~ Thank you so much for sharing and for taking the time to read something so dry and drawn out. The current state of the union is scary. Just ten years ago I would have never dreamed things could go so wrong so fast. Things are deteriorating at an exponential rate. Some places right here in America are even calling for Muslim law. They are a tiny group in numbers but getting major press making it seem like they are the will of the people. Again, we see a smoke screen of lies. It must end. God bless you and yours in this new year which promises to challenge us as never before.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Dearest Epi ~ Thank you so much for the FB share and your kind words. I love waking up to a comment from you. Hmm... A hub on my favorite metal tunes? I had never thought of that but it sounds like it might be fun. I think I could do something like that. I need a break from this. Night before last I got really depressed over all of this. I had been up too long and it gets overwhelming at times, bleak even. That's OK. I have always found dear Scarlet's philosophy to be best. Tomorrow is another day, and sure enough I awoke ready to tackle it again. It's cold here now. Cold by TX standards is below 65. God bless you and may all of hubbing be happy.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Nell ~ Thank you for the time and your insightful comment. We are brothers and sisters living on opposite sides of the pond. The attack on thinking is against our entire family, the family of freedom. What I thought to be about American social conditions and the current political climate I'm rapidly learning is global and it's not new. In fact, I contend it started prior to WW1 and has many, many religious factors involved... I think you get what I'm saying. The idea is new to me and rolling around in my head. It will most likely be the conclusion of this. There are truly evil forces at work behind this BS that have been for a very, very long time. They are on both sides of the pond. They have no morals when it comes to promoting their cause.

I would like to tell you don't be scared. I can't. I'm scared too. That's Ok. I've been scared before and I bet you have too. It tends to eventually piss me off. There's one hell of a squab coming on. We must all prepare to stand for what is right. God bless you, Nell and all those you love.


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feenix 4 years ago

Hello, poetvix,

The P.C. crowd's hyphenated-American "thing" is downright dumb and stupid.

Based on their logic, I am an "African-Cherokee-Italian-and I don't know what in the hell else-American.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Feenix ~ Thanks bunches for taking the time to read and comment. I know, it's insanity dressed up as sensitivity!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Actually, there are names that the left does not like in front of American. like 'proud', 'patriotic', 'loyal', etc.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Will ~ Yes sir! You make an excellent point.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi poetvix

If I moved to the United States and became a U.S. Citizen, I want to be referred to as a American not a Canadian American.

We are so much more than just our heritage.

It is time to eliminate the "Hyphenated" in America.

Voted up and away.

Have a great weekend.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Sueswan ~ Thank you so much for your comment and your time. Some time over the last four years it became politically correct to be ashamed of being American. To me, that is the essence of what's behind this programming. It's a dark, relentless force trying to shame us all into cowering in a corner. America is not perfect. Our history is full of wrongs as is the history of mankind in general. More and more people are waking up to this. I am American and proud of it and I for one would welcome anyone else who feels the same. God bless you Sue. Thank you again and may all of your hubbing be happy!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

wow Poetvix.. a slam dunk on opening the eyes of the many few who may not realized that we share this Hyphenated America..


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Frank ~ Thanks for the read and comment. I hope so. We need to start thinkng about what's best for us all rather than focusing on our differences.


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samiaali 4 years ago

Hey poetvix, This is a fantastic hub! You bring up so many important issues that we should all be concerned with. I agree with you wholeheartedly that we should all be working together rather than trying to fight for separate rights. I love my heritage which comes from places very far away BUT as I have always said, first and foremost, I am an American. I am very proud of being from a country where so many different races from all over the world have come together. But you are right that many don't always act like they want to be together, and that is very sad. It also works against us. I think that Genghis Khan summed it up very well when he said, 'One arrow alone can be easily broken but many arrows are indestructible.' Thank you for a great hub. I vote it up!


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. Author

Samiaali ~ Thank you so much for your time, your vote, and your kind, insightful comment.

Is there anyone in America that doesn't have ancestors hailing from another land? Only the Native Americans I think. I was not familiar with the Genghis Khan quote. I love it! It reminds me of the old story about the sticks. It's the same idea. Have a most blessed day and keep on being a proud American!

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