[quote=Bobby A. Greene]Hello YinYangMom,
Just to explain, the term 2nd class citizen as it applies to history is not meant to be derogatory, but to identify a social group that has been marginalized in that particular society.
In contemporary 21st century America, a historian might say that blacks, illegal aliens, homosexuals, the poor & unemployed, were 2nd class citizens to identify them as considered different from the mainstream citizenry and being somewhat marginalized.
Rome never lost its national identity during its 900 year reign from any of its controversial wars, and neither has America lost its national identity from any of its controversial wars. The Mexican War was vehemently protested in its day, most notably by Henry David Thoreau and James Fenimore Cooper, yet citizens remained as American as apple pie since then.
But today in America with an unchecked policy of ‘diversity’, what is it now that defines being an American? Certainly not being Catholic, or being Anglo, or being blonde haired blue eyed. So what is it today that marks an American citizen as American?
I certain do not relate to blacks, Mexicans, homosexuals, protestants, the wealthy, or to lawyers, doctors, or judges. So how do I relate to my fellow Americans if they don’t relate to me?
Thanks for the clarification.
As for the affect of unchecked policy of diversity…those are all good questions.
Keep in mind I’m of hispanic decent, so I’ve never been able to relate to being ‘American’ based on appearances or profession anyway - regardless of the fact I’m a third generation American born hispanic.
I was raised to be Catholic first, American second, Mexican third, Democrat fourth, I guess, looking back on things. Being that I was born in the early 60s perhaps that’s why, from my perspective, I credit the 60s revolution against Established Government mindset with the beginning of the fall. Considering the 60s revolution was about the war and civil rights, perhaps we’re both right.