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Where are we as a people going with our culture. Our culture is "We the People"

Updated on February 27, 2014

We are not one but we are many becoming one. And that makes us WE.

Our cultures meld into one here. Not for everything, but for being Americans.
Our cultures meld into one here. Not for everything, but for being Americans. | Source

Melting Pot?

America really is a melting pot. I think we try to keep up other sub cultures but basically we are a melting pot. Do not get me wrong there are ethnic cultural hubs. And words like China Town and Little Saigon and there is a German Town and places like Little Havana and New London but really those are becoming little more than marketing names.

Yes it is cool they maintain some culture and try to preserve language and traditional values. But as the old die they are becoming more cliché and marketing tools than reality. Down here in border town USA our Mexican communities are becoming less and less different than our other communities. For many it is kind of sad. For others the road to equality and still for others a sense of fear comes from these integrations.

What is wrong with this? What is wrong with following my constitution?

Rich or Poor.

Do not delude yourself into thinking that rich people like to live together and that poor are forced to live together. And the middle class has it’s own slot. Although those boundaries are blurring also. “a union laborer has a 4,000 square foot home and the executive only a 3,000 square foot home is normal”.

Children seem to make very little difference as it never really has in this country. However the flip side is that we do see folks fluctuate between the middle class and poor depending a great deal on elderly parents. Long lasting illness can bankrupt a family and good planning and quick death can promote a family. Just life. Generally over the last 3 decades it has been healthcare costs that made this difference. That is sad.

Do you care about the "We"?

Are you just fine with somebody changing our constitution by themselves?

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Language differences.

It is just a fact of life that language can be a barrier in America. No I am not talking about a barrier to advancement or access to services or benefits. No it is a barrier to friendly open communication and a cause for resentment. It just is that way here. The computer technician immigrated from India has very little ability to communicate to the Guatemalan agricultural worker yet they work within a mile of each other. The young navy man transplanted to San Diego from Philadelphia has little way to communicate with the young navy man who joined out of Manila. (perhaps the navy teaches them a common language but not about love)

So we are huge and vast and we have never required that common link.

And yet everyone who is truly American would protect her still today. And they would not protect a politician but their neighbor’s right to be a Free American. That is amazing. So let us look at why.

That is a white old father with a young Amerasian American child.

That is from shore to shore America.
That is from shore to shore America. | Source

Maybe we are a perfect Union and it just takes hard work.

A melting pot.

Yes it is that. Somehow through all the differences there soon becomes a broth within the soup that binds us to truths and freedoms we hold self evident. We the people is powerful.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Now that needs to set off a spark inside an American and if it does not then whoa be to that soul. Just look at some of that stuff in caps. In Order to form a more perfect Union. Order and Union are caps. Tranquility and Welfare are caps, Blessing and Liberty and Posterity are caps. That is so cool.

So where are we headed?

We are pointed in two distinct directions. One is away from that document that starts off with “we the people” and one is away from it. Oh we can argue the fine points of the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd and 4th and so on but they cannot divide us on the idea of following our constitution.

Until now. We have a United States Attorney General telling state Attornies General not to uphold the law that was passed by our elected officials. We have a president telling the people he will just delay the implementation and mandate of a law because he so chooses.

“WE THE PEOPLE” has some problems.

A quick reminder: Legislatures make and pass laws. The executive enforce and administer those laws, and the courts interpret and determine if those laws meet the “we the people test”. Our administrative/executive branch is “nullifying” and “changing” and rewriting what the Legislature has made law. That my friends is really bad. And more than that, really really bad.

Here we avoid names and names of laws.

This is not a hub rant article. This is about America and what, no matter our differences what we will fight and die for is that constitution, our constitution. We must not bow on this. This is not partisan or white or black or native American or Hispanic. This is not rich and poor or a language barrier. This is my land and I hope it is our land .

Every day is an opportunity for a better day.

This valley in the US Grows more food for the world than any other.
This valley in the US Grows more food for the world than any other. | Source

Subsets in America are not the "We the People".

Perhaps someone did not tell people in Washington that some of my some of my neighbors are from all over the world, some are 10th generation born here, some are active military and some 40 years retired and old and some are young and some speak the three languages we try to speak in my house and some do not speak one of them. But we are in love with America and America is all about we the people and what that tired old document means.

We are not ready to give up that melting pot.

Religion, political parties, and movements.

The do not start off with we the people. And if they assume that role they are very strange and weird for they, one group are not the people. “We” means all of us. We are not swayed by divisions set only to determine some power structure created by on group.

Even an almighty president of the United States of America confirms he is one of the great “We” by reciting this before being president: ““I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” And that constitution starts off with We the people.

It is far from over and we should worry.

In the past fifty years of America we have seen bone head moves by politicians and leaders and even by many peoples. Perhaps many subcultures in our world of America go to far. Perhaps we do not go far enough to protect others. We worry about our Hispanic illegals and trying to do right by them and we worry far too little about our Native Americans.

But that is not the cause for alarm. For this nation would fracture in a heartbeat if our leaders declared our constitution dead. And yet at this moment it is not being killed honestly it is being killed by a disease that goes unnoticed until too late. I am serious as a heart attack here. We have issues that need to be resolved by demand of "We the People".

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do believe the more our leaders allow violations of We the People the closer we are coming together. While it might seem to be all divisive speak out there common ground is starting to surface.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I will be happy to see the concept of "We the People" come back. It seems to have faded away and unless people get angry enough, our land will eventually become "Every man, woman, and child... for himself!"

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Raymondphillipe, It is an amazing group we have here.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      IDONO -- great take on that. In my small home town I am just a Dierker. In my large family there I am just the youngest and always will be in that role. The inside outside perspective is very interesting.

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      Raymond Philippe 3 years ago from The Netherlands

      always love to read about what americans think of america. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and interesting

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      IDONO 3 years ago from Akron Ohio

      Isn't it ironic that the only people that see all these difference in Americans today are the Americans themselves? People in other countries don't look at us as white, black, catholic, rich, poor, Republican, Democrat Americans. They look at us as just Americans. We can't do that.

      If you get time, read my response to a question asked by Weasey about skin color. I wrote about how the word "acceptance" seems to be absent from the American vocabulary today. Different cultures can co-exist. It just takes effort, together, rather than one always feeling it has to be dominant.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you are so right. But we smile and lift up. I did fruit buying today and the people at the store seemed over burdened. I just had to go to six or so and lift them up with a thank you and have a great day. We will make it work.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Victoria just writing that is part of the process. You do well everyday and that teaches others. I strive for such goodness and you should be at home in yours. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you all the way, buddy. I have serious concerns about this country and I write about it often. What is amazing to me is the number of people who appear to not care about it.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      I think our "culture" is going down the hole. It is being washed out, forgotten, and even abandoned for the norm, the trends, and the popular ways of the masses. If only we could each truly remember our cultures and delight in them.