Time to Reaffirm America's Values
It seems that a Portuguese poet understands better than most Americans what America is, and what it means to be an American. It's a shame that someone from another country understands us better than we understand ourselves. A major part of the problem is that most Americans don't know squat about this country, its history, or the rise of its government. That's compounded by not knowing the differences between our nation and its government and the history, culture, and government of other nations. Nor do we seem, as a nation, to be terribly interested.
Here's a thought game for all readers, regardless of where they live: If you had the power to do so, how would you re-write the US Constitution, and its Bill of Rights? What would you add? What would you remove? What would you change, and why?
I have the book "Miracle at Philadelphia" in my personal library. It's dry and hard to dig through, yet a "must-read" for anyone interested in the genesis of our Constitution. The Constitution itself, the Bill of Rights, and the Federalist/Anti-Federalist papers are all online through Thomas, the online site for the Library of Congress. So are hundreds of other letters and papers written by the Founding Fathers of the United States.
Being an American is being something quite unique. Not knowing what that something is constitutes a major failure of most Americans today.