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What Does American Culture Mean Anymore?

An article discussing the dismissing and dismantling of the American culture.

Does it strike you as odd that such a melting pot would have an individual culture?  Or do you believe that we are just that, a melding of anything goes due to the freedoms we share in this country.  The truth of the matter is, even though we embrace cultural differences, we actually have a culture that originated in this country that all too often gets ignored.  It may be easy to assume we are a nation of many cultures; and while technically we are...it was one culture that brought the rest of them home.

America was founded on Christian principles, which is why God was so ingrained in the foundation of this nation.  We may have all started out immigrants, but we came together to build a new nation with a religion, a language, rights and laws.  Why is it then that we easily embrace the new, yet so carelessly toss our American culture to the wind as we bend to a new generation of immigrants?  Is it not enough that we opened our arms to diversity without question?  Quite frankly, I am offended at the utter disrespect shown for the very culture that allowed these immigrants to be free; to celebrate their own cultures on a foreign land they now call home.

I am past the point of worrying about ridicule or being branded a racist.  It seems I have to say that in everything I write these days.  I am merely putting to words what so many Americans think and feel, but in this politically correct society are too afraid to say.  Standing up for my culture does not make me a racist...it makes me a realist. 

In no other country would it be acceptable that an immigrant of 10+ years didn’t know the cultures language; where translators had to be on standby at parent teacher conferences  because the parents of that child attending there didn’t speak English.  Why am I pushing one for English as if English should be the option and furthermore, why is English the 8th language on the ATM screen at my local PNC Bank?  Celebrate your culture, speak your language and teach your children.  It’s good to know a second language and not forget the culture you came from.  However, once you took citizenship in America, English should have become just as important to you as the language you came here speaking.

Why in a country that was founded on Christianity, where God played a pivotal role in our beliefs and behaviors, is stamping him out of public venues becoming increasingly prominent.  God is a part of the American culture.  He was a commanding presence in the building of this nation.  We entrusted him with our value on our dollar bill “In God We Trust.”   We believed he was the bearer of our life, liberty and happiness in our Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   Yet somehow it has been demanded God be removed by the very people that were given the opportunity to believe or to not believe, by a culture that says they have the right to dismiss that which our American culture held dear. 

Individuals residing in Hamtramck are subjected to the call to prayer everyday twice a day, whether Muslim or not.  But Christians are constantly battling to keep their nativity scenes up for Christmas — or should I say for the “holidays.”   While on the subject of freedom of religion and speech, how many of you are aware of the planned rally in Dearborn this past September?  It was a well formed rally where Muslims marched in opposition to freedom of speech if it hurts their religious feelings; this all the while holding signs stating “Allah will destroy the terrorist state of Israel.”  How about in California, where a judge ruled a group of teenagers were not allowed to wear t-shirts branded with the American flag on Cinco De Mayo because it offended the Mexican culture.  Hell, even our own President spent American tax payer dollars apologizing for our freedom of speech in a commercial disavowing  a video that allegedly caused an outbreak in the Middle East.  Where’s the outrage and commercial apologizing to the Christians for the disgusting display of “art” depicting Christ and the Virgin Mary in urine?  Poor taste, hurt feelings and cultural differences have never been a reason for silence in our culture and we aren’t going to make exceptions now.   There is another choice if you are not happy with our culture and cannot abide by or respect our laws.  You can be a visitor rather than a citizen, where our culture won’t have time to offend you.

We have a culture...the American culture; where we celebrate our Christianity, speak English, bear arms and have freedom of speech among many other things.  This culture should be respected as the foundation that allowed all immigrants to come here legally and pursue the same.  Honor our past that defined our culture; for it is our past that allowed you to have such a future.   

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Karen Blaisdell November 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Dear jholeton, It is absolutely imperative that the bullying stop, which is why I am dedicating my articles to politics, our government and America as a whole. I am thankful you took the time to read the article and hope you come back for the next! Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell November 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Dear Romney, Greek democracy principles is not religion...it's government. In fact, when the Virginia Company sent the first settlers to Jamestown, they were sure to be subscribers to the "Church of England" which was a Christian religion and the religion that King James put into place upon defecting from Catholicism. One of the first orders of business was to build a church and erect a cross to give thanks to God. The Puritans, also a highly Christian religion, were sent to settle in the Northeast. There were non-separatist Puritans and separatist Puritans, which were those that wanted to split from the Church of England, but they were always Christians and in fact, believed themselves to be the "purist" form of Christians. The Catholics came too, but were more evicted from England than casual settlers and we know they are Christians...so I'm uncertain as to you argument. You are correct...they did not come here to "establish" a Christian nation...they brought it with them and it was a prominent part of their lifestyles. There are, in fact, 27 states that have adopted English as the official language of said states by either state constitutional amendments or laws. Federally, making English the national language is still up for grabs and hot topic of debate.
Karen Blaisdell November 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Part II It is not the Feds problem that my bank has ranked English so low on the talking totem pole. This is a blog and that was merely an irritating observation of mine. I am not having difficulties with foreign cultures...I am having difficulties that our own culture is not as respected or most of the time not even acknowledged. That is a far cry from your insinuations...nice try though. I'm sorry that you find my post offensive...luckily, we still have freedom of speech in this country. Might I suggest you skip my next article "Toleration Nation" as it will probably really get you riled. As far as Patch.com...I am thankful for the venue to share my observations and opinions...God knows there have been many I didn't care for either, but that's what a professional outfit does...they don't cater to any one side. In closing: "I am past the point of worrying about ridicule or being branded a racist. It seems I have to say that in everything I write these days." "Standing up for my culture does not make me a racist...it makes me a realist." Your statement about racism wasn't exactly accurate. I didn't use the word "but" I don't need to...I'm not a racist. Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell November 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Dear Daryl, Thank you for taking the time to read and respond. Indeed back to the basics is essential if we are going to keep our country and its founding principles in tact. Sincerely,
jholeton jr November 26, 2012 at 05:25 PM
To: Karen Blaisdell, Currently,there are Progressive Politicians plotting to silence the voices of conservatives as we speak. It is imperative that you continue to keep writing & THINKING as you choose. Please write more articles to the major newspapers & encourage others to do the same. Once we become silent & change our views to appease the Progressives in power, they win! Never give up & never give in to their tyranny!
Karen Blaisdell November 26, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Dear Lauren, I have always thought that assumptions were dangerous and it's because they are usually wrong...much like this one. I never thought, hinted at nor stated in this article that learning English or any language for that matter would be an easy topic; that doesn't mean it isn't necessary or shouldn't be considered an equally important task when coming to this country. I took Spanish in High School MANY moons ago and can actually still speak what I learned rather well. I even remember a song "La Cucaracha." I have also started learning the Italian language...for my degree...while I was a single mother, worked, raised my boys and took other classes all of which had homework. Difficult does not equate to impossible. I will concede that it would be very important that a child's family understands their progress in school and does not have to rely on the child to state such progress. Translators in this instance make definite sense, but English should still be sought. There are many opportunities for free or low cost English language courses throughout communities so money really isn't a factor. I stated that we were a nation of immigrants and at no time made reference to making immigrants leave. In fact, this article isn't even about "immigrants" it's about the American Culture and how people don't recognize that we have one.
Karen Blaisdell November 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Part II Unfortunately, your response is much like the others who have come out against my words. It is nothing more than an attempt at demonizing me and putting words in my mouth to distract from the issues at hand. I beg to differ with you on why immigrants come and whether or not they would return to their countries, "if they could." I know many immigrants who still love the countries they came from and have nothing stopping them from returning, however they remain in America. They came for a better way of life and the dream for their families. It's a beautiful testament to what America REALLY is. Not the war mongering monstrosity you have made it out to be in your statement. You say "immigrants bother me." No. The utter neglect in acknowledging our culture...the American Culture...bothers me. At no time did I demean any immigrants...it is you that has demeaned them by stating learning another language would be too difficult for them, that they don't love their original countries and that they would disrespect America and renounce their citizenship if given the opportunity by their war ravaged countries. Sincerely,
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 05:54 PM
"...we came together to build a new nation with a religion, a language, rights and laws." -- Complete crap. A new nation with LIBERTY and rights, yes. But not RELIGION and LANGUAGE. How in the world do you not understand that, Karen? See, I think you do and you are just being deceptive. "Why is it then that we easily embrace the new, yet so carelessly toss our American culture to the wind as we bend to a new generation of immigrants? Is it not enough that we opened our arms to diversity without question? Quite frankly, I am offended at the utter disrespect shown for the very culture that allowed these immigrants to be free; to celebrate their own cultures on a foreign land they now call home." ---What are you talking about? Why do you, or anyone for that matter, embrace something they don't like? Embrace what exactly? You don't seem to be embracing Muslim prayers. Do you embrace Hindu's by eating at Indian restaurants? Karen, do you realize non-whites and non-English speakers practice Christianity in America (and Mexico)? Is that embracing America? Should the prayers be in English? Latin? Spanish? Karen you are not doing a good job defending yourself. Maybe I can find early Nazi propaganda to show you the similarities. It didn't start out with, "Let's kill all the Jews." It started with "Those people are different and not-proper Germans." Then it evolved (uh-oh the E word) to "Jews are bad people" and then well, you know the story. You are re-writing it.
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
"In no other country would it be acceptable that an immigrant of 10+ years didn’t know the cultures language" Karen, you sound like you have spent your entire life in a small Midwest town. Have you even visited any other country aside from Canada and Mexico? Do you honestly believe your above statement. It is not even remotely true.
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 06:05 PM
"Celebrate your culture, speak your language and teach your children." The newly arrived immigrants are doing just that, and you are complaining about it. Which culture do you mean when you instruct your readers to: "Celebrate your culture"? You mean White, Christian culture? Everything in your post is telling me you don't want Brown Muslims or non-English speakers celebrating their culture, so it seems clear that your article is intended for English speaking Christians. correct?
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
"Is it not enough that we opened our arms to diversity without question?" Karen, what do you mean? Please explain. None of your readers opened their arms for anybody. Our Founding Fathers established a constitutional government which opened the doors to immigrants wanting a better life in America. Karen, you are not at all responsible, nor do you deserve any credit, for "allowing" immigrants to settle in America (with their cultures). To say you opened your arms to diversity in a blog post lambasting non-Christian, non-English, speaking Americans is LOL funny.
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
"Why in a country that was founded on Christianity..." - Simply not true. America was founded on principles of Liberty, not religion.
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
"There is another choice if you are not happy with our culture and cannot abide by or respect our laws. You can be a visitor rather than a citizen, where our culture won’t have time to offend you." --Karen, now it sounds as if you are lumping immigrant cultures with criminal behavior. How many times did you read your blog before posting it? I can't wait to read your blog posts after the next Presidential election when Texas is a blue state. Like everything in life, cultures change with time. It was once Christian culture to burn witches at the stake and cover up child molesters.
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 08:05 PM
"Individuals residing in Hamtramck are subjected to the call to prayer everyday twice a day, whether Muslim or not." --Oh, where to start, Karen. Does hearing a Muslim prayer offend you? Does hearing a church bell ding in the distance offend you? Do you think our constitution should be amended to allow Muslims prayers to be silenced? Would that appease you? how would that make America still the land of the free? "But Christians are constantly battling to keep their nativity scenes up for Christmas — or should I say for the “holidays.” --Karen, do you realize that nativity scene issues deal with religion on PUBLIC property and not church property? Do you understand the difference? Again, I think you do and I think you use non-nonsensical arguments so you can incite and inflame anti-immigration sentiment. P.S. It is ironic how deeply your political party cares for the state of Israel yet you object to saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." You must not know many non-Christians/Jews. Israel appears to be nothing more than a talking point. Oi vey!
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 08:30 PM
"While on the subject of freedom of religion and speech, how many of you are aware of the planned rally in Dearborn this past September? It was a well formed rally where Muslims marched in opposition to freedom of speech if it hurts their religious feelings; this all the while holding signs stating “Allah will destroy the terrorist state of Israel.” -- "While on the subject..." Ha! LOL!!! -- oh the irony of getting worked up when a troublemaker shows up to a rally with a nasty sign. This is no different than some moron wearing a KKK outfit at one of your protests (if that seems normal to you then imagine some moron wearing a Nazi officers outfit-- which should still feel somewhat wrong to you).
David Cashman November 27, 2012 at 08:39 PM
"How about in California, where a judge ruled a group of teenagers were not allowed to wear t-shirts branded with the American flag on Cinco De Mayo because it offended the Mexican culture." ---Karen, terrible job recycling the Fox News story. Terrible. A judge? You mean a school administrator? This is exactly what I mean when I say you are being deceptive. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/06/california-students-sent-home-wearing-flags-cinco-mayo/ Fox news reported the school's statement: "The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing. The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken."
Karen Blaisdell November 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Dear David You, David, are obviously very intent on making this a racial issue and you, David, have taken the compare and contrasts of an article written about the neglect of the American culture completely out of context. Please David, feel free to continue to spew your hatred and ill intended comments David, however I will no longer be dignifying them David with a response. I will be posting more articles soon David...as I have never been one to run from hatefulness and especially not from someone who is trying to quiet my voice. Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell November 27, 2012 at 09:04 PM
P.S. The flag story was taken from my Political Science class...last year! Assumptions are dangerous David.
jholeton jr November 27, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Dear Karen Blaisdell, I will look forward to reading your next article. Hopefully, it will be in the Macomb Daily for everyone to read. You should know that ive written several controversial articles over the years & I know how you feel about the continuos attacks by Mr. Cashman. Never give in & compromise your beliefs Educating the masses is our only hope. It is essential that we reach the young people in order to change the world.
Karen Blaisdell November 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Dear jholton Thank you kindly for your support and encouragement! I couldnt agree with you more sir. Sincerely,
Kristin Drummelsmith November 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Karen - it is very cliche for people to bash Christianity and patriotism and call it "Nazi" as well as "racist". The reference to "it was once Christian culture to cover up child molesters" is so completely offensive. That was never Christian culture. That was just pure evil, which exists everywhere, and does not represent Christianity in any way, shape, or form. It would be nice to see some constructive criticism of your article instead of hatred spewed with the cliche's mentioned above. Again - thanks for writing this.
Karen Blaisdell November 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Dear Kristin I concur and would be up to the constructive critique as well, but I refuse to defend myself against a position I never took. I thank you for your support of the article. I found many things David stated to be not only offensive, but wrong and misrepresented for his own benefit.
Matt Guarnieri November 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM
My only observation: If I immigrated to another country, any country, say... Afghanistan. I would assume if I wanted to work there and support myself I would have to learn the language and respect their culture. I could not go there and expect their government to support me or force the natives to change their lives to revolve around my inability or desire to learn their language or culture. It is illegal for Americans to easily immigrate to Mexico or even purchase property there. Why can't we, as Americans, put the same basic requirements on immigrants and foreign nationals that those seeking to immigrate put on us if we immigrated to there?
David Cashman November 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Really?!? Really, Karen!?! Your teacher told you something is true so it must be true?... Really?... I think you are a liar, Karen. Prove me wrong. Post a link to the story. In fact, while you're at it PLEASE POST a link to the Dearborn story. Why? Because I think you are again lying or widely mistaken. I think you were elaborating the Pastor Jones book burning in Dearborn. But that happened in the Spring and not the Fall. I have looked high and low for a photo of the guy with the sign, but I can't find it. You would think that photo would be permanently fixed to DrudgeReport or RushLimbaugh.com, but it isn't. Hmmmmm..... Clearly if you were being taught something so dastardly then it was widely reported by the media. Could it just be a wild coincidence that there were 2 separate incidents involving white school kids on Cinco De Mayo in California? I think not. I think you didn't research a single one of your talking points. You just posted what you remembered from your classes. By the way, I am soooo happy you enlightened me to as to where you get your info. LOL. Saddam Huessin's old media relations guy ("we are pushing the Americans back and winning!!!") was more honest than you. And he had a gun to his head.
David Cashman November 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
"The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses... "Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side. "The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward." --Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_propaganda
Karen Blaisdell November 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Dear Matt, Thank you for reading and posting a comment. I hope you come back for the next! I know there are many who feel the same way you do. Sincerely,
Karen Blaisdell November 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Dear David, Please feel free to keep posting. The more comments you leave the longer it will remain on the front page of Patch.com and the more people will have an opportunity to read it. As far as your insults and demands for links. Google it yourself, I'm done humoring your outrageous posts. Sincerely,
David Cashman November 30, 2012 at 02:48 PM
"Google it myself"? Karen, I googled your content and I found nothing to confirm anything you said. That's why I branded you a liar. Please prove me wrong. I'm not going to let you spew lies and not be called out over it. Now it is your job as the writer to link the news stories proving you are not just making all this stuff up. "Please feel free to keep posting." --- Okay, I will, Karen. Clearly I, or anybody for that matter, lack the ability to help you understand just exactly how your blog comes across to non-Christian Americans. The idea of you calling my questions outrageous is well... I'm at a loss of words, Karen. You won't answer a single one of my questions, nor will you prove anything you said is true. You simply resort to saying, "Outrageous!", "Assumptions are bad" (which by the way, is a laughable response by you) and "blah blah blah White, Christian power."
David Cashman November 30, 2012 at 03:03 PM
"Does it strike you as odd that such a melting pot would have an individual culture? Or do you believe that we are just that, a melding of anything goes due to the freedoms we share in this country." --Karen, above is your two first lines. I've read them many times and I just do not understand the writing. Your opening line and questions asks: Does it strike ME as odd that such a melting pot would have an individual culture? What culture? A culture of acceptance? A culture where ethnic groups live together stateside (like Indians in Troy for e.g.)? Are you talking about the daily culture you experience in Shelby Township, Michigan? Your second question: do I believe we are a melting pot of "anything goes due to the freedoms we share"? Karen, do you realize the Irish and the Italians, and Catholics, were once heavily discriminated against in America?
David Cashman November 30, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I'm sorry, Kristin. I meant to say, "Catholic culture..." which as you know has a long, horrific and widely publicized culture of protecting pedophiles. And as you know, Catholic Priests do indeed represent Catholicism. But again I was wrong, the Catholic Church paying out hundreds of millions of dollars (if not billions) in child molesting lawsuits does not in any way represent Christianity as a whole--though, you must admit, it was pretty damning of the Catholic church, probably worse than electing a former Nazi the Pope---which by the way, Karen, I will post the photo of the Pope wearing a Nazi uniform as a child if you can't find it on google. Wish you would do the same with the Dearborn sign!

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