Maybe it’s just me, but have you noticed, that many times when you get into a conversation, the issue of ‘nationality’ comes up. This has bothered me for a long time. My dead give away is my accent. As soon as people hear me talk, they ask what is my nationality. While most respond with a hyphenated nationality, I simply tell them, I’m an American … born in Poland. Many are taken back by this response.
Our nation is a collection of people, who came here to escape the hardships they endured in the land they were born. I remember eating one meal a day. You ate what you could find. Unlike those of us, who immigrated here even as early as 50 years ago, those, that arrive here today, come for a totally different reason. What has changed?
I came here in 1962. The only thing I knew about United States is that if you worked hard, you can make it. My uncle would say that one thing you can’t find in America is bird’s milk. My mom till this day, calls it the closest thing to Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, today many of the ‘new arrivals’ come here to take advantage of this Garden of Eden. You don’t believe me, make a comparison — take a trip to Venezuela, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea, and many, many other places.
Who is responsible for this?
Personally, I believe that it’s those who no longer have any pride in our nation. Forget about patriotism! Many were educated with a belief that someone owes them something. Worst yet, they were told that our country is responsible for what ails the rest of the world. This is why many will carry the flag of their country of origin (even if they were born here), while stomping on Stars and Stripes. Unfortunately, many ‘Americans’ just stand there and watch them do it.
This is why the hyphenated-’American’ has become the downfall of the greatest nation in the world.
I’ve seen what ‘others’ have to offer. It’s time to become a proud American again.
Been there, done that.
John R. Makow