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Time to celebrate our unique American culture

The United States has been a nation for 226 years, and our unique cultural identity has been developing for nearly 400 years. Why is it, then, that we are not afforded the luxury of proclaiming an “American culture” but rather are doomed to an eternal state of so-called multiculturalism? We are all indeed immigrants, or descended from immigrants, but from colonial times down to the present day we have been transformed by the American experience into an entirely new and distinct people.

If you don’t like French culture, do not move to France. If you don’t care for Spanish culture, a move to Spain is probably not a good idea. By the same token, if you do not embrace and take pride in our American culture, by all means leave or don’t come here to begin with.

There also seems to be some needless confusion on the issue of the separation of church and state. “In God We Trust” is not a fundamentalist right-wing political slogan, it is our national motto. This is because our nation was founded on Christian principles by Christian men and women. The separation of church and state is a constitutional guarantee that the government will not persecute you for worshiping as you choose, but should never be construed to mean that we may not invoke God’s blessing on our country.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: “On every question of construction of the Constitution, let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

During the Civil War, a clergyman once asked President Abraham Lincoln if he believed that God was on the side of the union. The president replied that he had no way of knowing if God was on the side of the union, but that it was his fervent hope that the union was on the side of God.

Randy Richey

Nevada City

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