Below is a copy of an e-mail I received to which I was compelled to comment. The regular print is what the sender wrote. My comments are in italics. I regret the extra lines around boxes. That is how the copy/paste presented itself.
I am the Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive’s Worst Nightmare. I am a White, Christian, Conservative, Tax-Paying American Veteran, Gun Owning Camper, Hunter, NRA Member. That’s me!
I am a Democrat, though more importantly I choose issues and values over party allegiance. I am white, jewish, female, tax paying, retired public educator, gun owning camper/sailor, writer, friend, sister, daughter, and lover.
I am a retired worker. I worked hard and long hours to earn a living.
After a 40 year career as a school counselor, who worked hard, long hours always putting the children’s needs before administration and parents. I earned a living and paid for all I have.
I believe in the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others.
I believe in the freedom of religion.
I drive a Winnebago Motor Home and ride Motorcycles.
I drive a VW jetta, have owned porsches, toyotas, pontiacs, chevrolets, a motorcycle, and several sailboats.
I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.
As a believer in a global economy I buy American products as well as non American products.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal governmental functionary, Democrat or Republican, that wants to share it with others who don’t work!
I believe the money I make belongs to me. I also enjoy sharing it with our government to provide for infrastructure and safety.
I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.
I think owning a gun is a choice. Gun ownership does not make you a killer. I do not judge others as smart or dumb. People are what they are.
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!
I think generalizing is ineffective.
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English.
Learning a foreign language can be enlightening. Using a friendly introduction in a foreign language usually puts the newcomer to the English language more comfortable and willing to learn English. It is called ‘joining,’ i.e. meeting someone halfway.
I believe there should be no other language option.
I believe limitations are limiting.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.
I also believe everyone has the right abstain from prayer or belief in a God.
My heroes are Malcolm Forbes, John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson, who makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
My heroes are the people who go beyond their fears to take healthy risks and who value a monogamous relationship with another human being or people who are happily living an independent lifestyle (single). Dee Caffari, Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Florence Arthaund are among my heroines.
I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.
I only hate what I can’t figure out how to do or get. I only pity myself on occasion when feeling betrayed.
I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.
I know wrestling has a fixed outcome. Sometimes I still enjoy watching the show. What is there to argue? I also enjoy a friendly wager.
I’ve never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven’t burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you!
I have never owned a slave, nor was I ever a slave. I haven’t burned or hurt anyone intentionally, nor have I been persecuted by anyone. I have been discriminated against with regard to pay on at least two occasions and I have been a victim of crime.
I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country! This is AMERICA. We like it the way it is and more so the way it was, so stop trying to change it to look like Russia or China, or some other socialist country!
I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, do what you can to instill an evolutionary change for the good of all. We have the best country. It will never look like Russia or China. Just look at the map. There are things in America I don’t like. It’s like any relationship, it is not perfect, but it is better than alternatives.
If you were born here and don’t like it… you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the White House, the seat of our biggest problems.
I agree there are things in our government that are unfavorable. It is the best system I know of.
And, again, I say take evolutionary action to slowly make changes for the good of all.
I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution? Can I get anAMEN on that one?
I agree I wonder where a lot of people get their money.
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what color you are, but not just because you happen to ride a bike
And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license. I think it’s good. I agree. Police are employed to pull you over if you are breaking the law.
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don’t want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.
I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause. Get a job and do your part to support yourself and our family!
I agree with you on this. I especially despise the cheerleaders and similarly attired folks selling car wash tickets. Those horribly fattening, overpriced girl scout cookies and boy scout popcorn and candy need to go. Teach these kids how to help an elderly neighbor landscape their yard, or carry out their trash, clean their cafeteria tables, sweep the classroom floors, pick up trash around the neighborhood and other helpful deeds would bring more good than selling unhealthy food or ‘sex’ (as in young girls in skimpy outfits at the car wash)…
I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes a man and woman.
It takes a responsible person, whether it be a man and/or a woman. Teachers, doctors, librarians and other non-family members add value to children’s lives as well.
I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!
Agreed, although verbage is subject to interpretation.
I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA! If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I’m a BAD American. If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know.
Hmmm, what about those cute little flags people fly on their lawn. Or, do you mean no other country flags are to be flown? What about the rebel flags?
We want to return our country to the values it was founded on, and prospered under for over 200 years!
200 years ago the woman’s right to vote was NOT valued, women in the workforce was NOT valued, and slavery was valued. I don’t think gays and lesbians were allowed in the military. I disagree we need to return to those values.
My Country, I hope this offends all illegal aliens.
Is it just your country, or all of ours. My paternal great grandma was a Russian immigrant, and my maternal grandparents immigrated from England.
My great, great, great, great grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in the Revolution and the War of 1812.
My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Mexican American War.
My great, great grandfather watched as his friends and brothers died in the Civil War.
My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Spanish-American War.
My grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I.
My father watched as his friends died in WW II and the Korean War.
I watched as my friends died in Vietnam , Panama and Desert Storm.
My son watched and bled as his friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
None of them died for the Mexican Flag.
Everyone of them died for the American flag.
You obviously have a family dedicated to fighting for our freedom and the freedom of others. For that I am grateful.
Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole, other students took it down. Guess who was expelled the students who took it down.
I would need to read/hear more about this.
California high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.
Where did you read this? What is the name of the school and the town in California?
Enough is enough!
Yes, sir, enough is enough,,,,I can’t believe I responded to your rhetoric. It is your generalizations that compelled me to respond.
This message needs to be viewed by every American; and every American needs to stand up for America .
It might be nice if every American read your verbage, but it is not necessary. Food and shelter are necessary. Education and compassion are also nice
We’ve bent over to appease the America-haters long enough.
Who is we? I need facts.
I’m taking a stand.
Standing is good for your legs, in fact standing on one foot will actually strengthen you calf muscles. Sharing your thoughts are also healthy.
I’m standing up because of the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the American flag.
What do you propose as a substitute for war?
If you agree, stand up with me.
I agree (metaphorically stand) with some of what you say.
And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.
AMERICANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS! Let me make this clear! THIS IS MY COUNTRY!
Wow, I thought this was OUR great country!
This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration!
I understand and agree immigration, like other endeavors should be done within the legal limits of the law.
YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to come legally: There you go again, in YOUR country. I thought I was a part of the American country,
1. Get a sponsor
2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past! In many cases it was the children of the immigrants who learned the language by attending public school, a method for ‘joining the newcomers.’ Back in those times many of the woman stayed home cooking and cleaning and had little occasion to mingle with other English speaking folks. They let their children interpret for them.
3. Live by OUR rules!
4. Get a job!
5. Pay YOUR Taxes!
6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it!
7. NOW find a place to lay your head!
If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
I am not going to forward this because most of my friends don’t read this type of jargon.
We’ve gone so far the other way, bent over backwards not to offend anyone. What other way? The way in which women are paid less for same job a man is paid, the way in which slavery was legal, the way in which alcohol was prohibited?
Only AMERICANS seems to care when American Citizens are being offended! Not true, I have been in several other countries where the people demonstrate the utmost respect for Americans and indeed envy our life here in the good old USA.
WAKE UP America!
If you do not pass this on, may your fingers cramp!
Tsk-tsk, being a karmatic believer I hereby warn that what you bestow on others just may come back to you, better massage your fingers.
Glad to share our ideas.