Speak Up America

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Editor:

Will we still be the country of choice, and still be America, if we continue to make the changes forced on us by the people from other countries who came to live in America because it is the country of choice?

We've bent over backward to not offend anyone. I am now offended, but it seems no one has a problem with that.

This says it all. -- This is an editorial written by an American citizen, published in a Tampa newspaper.

"Immigrants, not Americans, must adapt. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.

"I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants.

"This idea of America being a community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions who have sought freedom.

"We speak English, not Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!

"In God We Trust is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right-wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women founded this nation on Christian principles. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.

"If Stars and Stripes offend you, then move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change. This is our country, our land and our lifestyle.

"Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his or her opinion, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto or our way of life, I encourage you to take advantage of one other great American freedom -- the right to leave. It is time for America to speak up!"

Barbara and Mike Ernst, Payson

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