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Freedom or Ruin

2nd Fundamentalist Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 7:23 PM
I usually like John Ransom's pieces, but I think he paints with an overly broad brush here. I was born in 1947. I'm Asian American. Like many other Americans, we believed, and still believe, in the American Dream. Many of us answered the call to serve during the Vietnam war. I served in the Marine Corps (did not go to Vietnam), mainly because of the draft. Believe me, I was not fond of the Marine Corps. It was not a particularly fun experience in my life. I'm the independent sort. I did not want an institution (the Corps) telling me what I couldn't and could do 24/7. Many fellow Marines re-enlisted because they were afraid to go out into the real world. Still, I'm so damned proud to have served. Others served and lost their lives or limbs.
SageAdvice68 Wrote: Oct 02, 2012 8:45 PM
"Overly broad brush?"....Yet you make reference to yourself an Asian-American? What does this make you, about a 5% or maybe 6%-American?

I was born during the war, so don't fully qualify under John's guide lines as a member of the "Entitled Generation", but I am a real American who absolutely refuses to don any kind of Democraphead Party issued hyphen designed to divide the "Melting Pot" and define just what percentage American I am.

Hell, if I were to don all the hyphens the Democraphead Party would like for me to wear, place them around my neck like BLING, then jump in a pool, I'd sink like a stone.

I personally take great pride in knowing, I am just a plain old American.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Oct 03, 2012 2:09 AM
Reminds me of a bit from that classic movie "Stripes" where Bill Murray goes on about how he and his pals are Americans and that means they're the "mongrels" of the world who were "kicked out of every other decent country in the world." It's a funny bit and is really a pretty good characterization of what this "melting pot" is really supposed to be about. We're all supposed to be plain old Americans, not [insert specialty here]-Americans. That's the kind of unity we need, not this divisiveness about how "special" we are. God knows the more recent generations are certainly not lacking in self-esteem about their specialness, even if they are lacking in truly useful skills.

The choice that we face today is between freedoms on the one hand, and ruin on the other.

There has never been a generation in our history that has been given more than the generation which was born between 1945 and 1960.

They were given so much by their hard and hardy parents, who by fighting through a real economic depression and a great world war, helped bolster freedom for the free and bequeathed freedom to millions of others who lived in the twilight of tyranny.    

I call these sons and daughters of what we know as the Greatest...