"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." ~ Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of United States of America
When I was growing up I was proud to be an American. I was as much of a flag waving soldier saluting gung-ho son of a bitch as any 12 year old wheelchair bound boy could be. Songs like, "I Am A Real American," (Hulk Hogan's theme song) got my blood pumping, man!
I never thought that my pride would fade. It has. Of course, I never thought we'd have so divisive a president.
Yes, a portion of the populace will always disagree with the occupant of the Oval Office. Thus is the nature of partisan politics. Yet, I've always felt that the president had the people's best interest at heart, even the ones I thought were wrong on the issues.
I was NEVER a fan of President George W. Bush, and I still blame his fiscal policies for the economic crisis of the mid two thousands. Nevertheless, after the 9/11 attacks. He visited a masque to show the country that Muslims were not the enemy. Like him, or not, there's no denying that he was enough of a statesman to value being a unifying leader.
Fast Forward to today, and we have a president who seems to relish keeping Americans divided among themselves. This is a president who has