Stirring Up My Stars & Stripes

October 22nd, 2008

I guess I’m not a real American according to Sarah Palin because I don’t need to force my views on organized religion (how about those Crusades!) on my next-door neighbor who goes to all-day church, or my wild-eyed fundamentalist relatives, or my friend Nancy who is a devout Whiskeypalian and I appreciate the same courtesy on their part. I guess I’m not a real American because I don’t need candidates — Democrat or Republican — to tell me how much they love Jesus. I guess I’m not a real American because I don’t think women should have their reproductive choices controlled by the state or male politicians or celibate priests or church ladies. I guess I’m not a real American because I believe paying taxes is a good trade-off for being able to drive on the roads they build, fund teachers’ salaries, turn on a tap and get clean water that doesn’t make me have to take parasite medicine periodically like my daughter had to in South America and on and on. In fact, I’d pay more taxes to get great health care! I guess I’m not a real American because I believe we have screwed up the planet and we have the ability and the responsibility to heal it. I guess I’m not a real American because I want our kids to learn real science, not creationism, so they can compete with the kids in China and Europe and Russia who are studying physics. I guess I’m not a real American because I think stirring up cultural and racial resentments in order to win an election is completely despicable. I guess I’m not a real American according to Sarah Palin or John McCain, but my vote is real and I’ll be in line before the polls open on November 4th to cast it with all my heart and hopes for my country.

10 Responses to “Stirring Up My Stars & Stripes”

  1. m. heart says:

    well put.
    from, a fellow “unamerican”

  2. Fawne says:

    me too.

  3. mary ann says:

    I live in Los Angeles. a CITY …gasp…and i believe in separation of church and state, don’t believe in god, don’t watch fox news, only take bridges to somewhere, and can’t see russia from my backyard.
    “unamerican” and proud of it.
    i DIG this post!!!!

  4. dragonflyreflections says:

    Amen! (and I mean that purely in an agnostic, unamerican sense)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been sitting here trying to think of a witty way to agree with you but the fact is, I’m just damn tired of that woman and all her pissy little pronouncements. I get clammy and terrified if I let myself consider the consquences of Obama not winning this election. I can’t even call myself “unamerican” in jest. Thanks for once again expressing yourself so well that I can, like fawne, just say, “Me, too!”

    Sherry in Little Rock

  6. Sweet Tea says:

    uh…are we still listening to any of the crap that comes out of that woman’s mouth?? 😉

    i can see november 4th from MY backyard

  7. Jane says:

    Beautifully put, Nikki, and I’m standing up and clapping in solidarity here in MN.

    I recently found another Palin in the form of MN’s Michele Bachman. Like Palin, she gave a speech at a church that was — I don’t know any other way to put it — delusional. People like this either really do believe that God is waving the banner of American conservatism, or they have simply become masters at manipulating those whose fears lead them into religious extremism. Frightening either way!

  8. Pat says:

    I guess I’m not one either, because I want the same things you do. Hopefully, someday, we’ll get them. Hang in there.

  9. Kathleen says:

    This is the first “group” I’ve wanted to join in a real long time. Let’s hear it for Not Real Americans!

  10. notmassproduced says:

    amandla!