Who Is "A Real American"? And by whose definition?
Is there such a thing as "A Real American"?
Let me suggest a few “tests” I will explain later for my definition of “A Real American.”
First, though try to answer the following questions:
Were you born an American?
Are you a legal American citizen?
Did you attend school at any time in America?
Have you graduated from high school?
Have you served in the US military?
Have you ever held a steady job in America?
Are you a taxpayer?
Have you been a welfare recipient for more than half your life?
Are you retired with a pension other than Social Security?
Do you know the Pledge of Allegiance?
Have you voted recently in a local election?
Are you purchasing a home, or own one outright?
Are you living with more than your own family?
Do you care who wins the next elections for president and Congress?
Do you have a favorite sports team?
Do you attend any regular worship service?
Do you have an opinion on national health care?
Do you have any religious book where you presently live?
Have you ever visited a library on your own?
Do you get or regularly read a local newspaper?
Do you have access to a computer?
Do you have a favorite singer?
Do you watch television?
Are you saving something for the future?
Is there another country you wish you were living in?
Do you have a close friend who is an American?
Are you willing to die to defend America from an enemy?
Are you happy to be an American.
Do you want to see America improve?
If you could call any place in the world “home” would it be America?
Do you believe even a college education should be free if someone wants one?
Do you know the words to any verse of “The Star Spangled Banner”?
Do you have a favorite American hero?
Do you own a suit and shoes?
Here is how to evaluate your answers: If you had more “Yes” answers than “No” answers it doesn’t matter. If you had more “No” answers than “Yes” answers it doesn’t matter. If you were upset at the thought that anyone could think they have a right to define who is “A Real American,” it matters, and that’s good. If you consider yourself “A Real American,” that’s all that matters! The rest may be legal or nonsensical questions, but in America you are FREE to live your own life your way without doing harm to others. You are FREE to do what others do, or to live your life the way you choose to without doing harm to others. Yes, in America you are FREE to be your own definition of “A Real American” and may it always be so. Being “A Real American” has more to do with how you feel in your own heart, than how other people think of you.
If being an American is not for you, then remember the old saying which says “The door swings both ways.”
If being an American is for you, then remember an even older saying which says: "Judge not that ye be not judged."
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.