The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
"Why is it that immigrants so often have a better handle on what being an American means than so many of our neighbors who were born here?
cause we came from the other side, where freedoms are as rare as rights... most Americans have never experienced REAL hardships, and thus are unable to recognize their fortunes for what they are...
Agreed, I grew up in a socialist country and fully understand it for what it is, having seeing it work first hand.
We have a handle on it, Kevin, because we have to earn it! Admittedly, many Americans have a proper respect for their birthright and recognize it for the rare gift that it is. But most of them don't care about or appreciate it and see it just as an entitlement, if that. Or worse, something to be bartered away to the Government in exchange for something of value to them.
Just like these kids in New York who would happily sell their right to vote for personal gain.
The problem is those who don't understand or appreciate what they have as Americans won't realize they have to defend it until it has been taken away from them and then, only when they are inconvenienced. And then it will be too late. Hard to take back wholesale what you bartered away piecemeal.
I've been saying that for a long time. My version is phrased a bit differently:
You can not call a thing a right that requires somebody else to provide you with something. To do so make a slave of the other person.