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  •  We were never an "outpost of Europe" (1+ / 0-)
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    leftist vegetarian patriot

    that's silly. There were Africans here pretty darn soon after Columbus (not of their own will) .

    As for mutts... Aren't they always the best dogs?

    True, you could go xenophobic and racist and say that some ethnicity is best, but what one? If your nation is not that mixed (e.g. Japan) you can say "OUR ethnicity is best" (but the Ainu might have an issue with that), and if you wanted to do that in America, it would be problematic: What ethnic group should be "American"? Sioux? Cree? Navajo?  Inquiring minds want to know.

    Or, if you want to be AMERICAN, you can go with Emma Lazarus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
    With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
    •  !! snrf !! (1+ / 0-)
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      I can't read that without getting all choked up and misty-eyed.
      And I know I'm far from.the only one.
      (Walt Kelly's Porkypine once called her "the woman I love.")
      Not complaining, mind you -- just saying you might want to throw a "tearjerker" warning up there when you do that.

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