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John McCain born in Panama

Only People Born In the Midwestern States are American?
 


12 August 2008 at 11:23:44 AM
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I find it deeply offensive to see the tactics that, first, Hillary Clinton, and now John McCain are trying to use against Barack Obama. Forget any other reason pro or con about voting for a person and consider this memo that came out of the Clinton campaign from Mark Penn.

I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.

He told the people of NH yesterday he has a Kansas accent because his mother was from there. His mother lived in many states as far as we can tell—but this is an example of the nonsense he uses to cover this up.

How we could give some life to this contrast without turning negative:

Every speech should contain the line you were born in the middle of America to the middle class in the middle of the last century.

And talk about the basic bargain as about the deeply American values you grew up with, learned as a child and that drive you today. Values of fairness, compassion, responsibility, giving back.

Let’s explicitly own ‘American’ in our programs, the speeches and the values. He doesn’t. Make this a new American Century, the American Strategic Energy Fund. Let’s use our logo to make some flags we can give out. Let’s add flag symbols to the backgrounds.

As Andrew Sullivan points out, this is also what John McCain and the right wing is trying to do as well, EVEN THOUGH JOHN MCCAIN WAS BORN IN PANAMA!

That's what gets me. Is there some standard by which *I* am an American because I was born in a midwestern state, but YOU are not, because you were born in Panama or Hawaii? Maybe we need to say that people in, say, Washington, aren't REAL Americans because they live on the coast. Heck, we live here in the south, not in the middle of the country, we must not be REAL Americans.

And that doesn't even touch the lines that talk about being *middle class* as though THOSE are the *Real* Americans. So, are poor people not *REAL* Americans.

We need to stop this nonsense. People born in America, in any of the 50 states that are PART OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, are AMERICAN. Whether you agree with someone philosophically, morally, or politically, it doesn't change that the people are AMERICANS. And that includes Obama AND McCain.


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