Is being American all it’s cracked up to be?
I often wondered why after gaining their independence from Great Britain, the 13 colonies didn’t pick a name for their country. After all, just saying you are the United States wasn’t enough, then they had to add of America.
Since there are a number of countries, including ourselves, who are also entitled to call ourselves Americans, they were being very arrogant, or unimaginative.
It might have been interesting when the southern states seceded from this union, and if they had won the Civil War. Would they then have stuck with the United States theme?
The northern United States and the southern states, also of the Americas. I was born when the United States was in its glory days. having been forced into the war by the bombing of Pearl Harbor, they immediately began making news reels and movies telling everyone how they were winning the war.
I, being young and impressionable at the time, believed every word. After the war, Dwight Eisenhower, who was elected president in the early 1950s, was in my estimation one of my greatest influences.
He was Allied commander in chief in Europe during the war, so he was already my hero. He signed the Civil Rights Act and integrated the schools, expanded the social service and spent massive amounts on building superhighways across the United States.
In those days, I even contemplated moving to the United States. I am glad now that I never made the effort.
The United States had some high spots when Jack and Bobby Kennedy gave hope of a new era, but after their assassinations, as far as I am concerned, they went downhill. Now we have President Trump and we had some forgettable presidents in between, although I did like Jimmy Carter. His brother Billy was another story.