Our Nation is an emotional mess. As a bi-racial citizen, I've been silently observing OUR Nation for years, and wondered about its future. I don't consider myself to be "one of a kind," but part of me is from a first generation South Korean, and the other is from "smack dab" in the heartland. You know... the David and Rush Limbaugh-land of middle America... a Cape Girardeau, Missourian.
Don't get me wrong; my dad was always there, but my mother pretty much raised me. Later in my years, I was "corrected" in my etiquette from a refined "Texan" who told me I was "reared" not raised. Uh... My momma raised me, okay..? She did a mighty fine job at it, too. She is an amazingly intelligent, patient, and one legally naturalized American citizen, a loving, and cool woman. I totally admire her and strive to emulate her to some degree. Honestly, most of which is humanly unachievable due to upbringing... Since hers was a Third World background, I hopefully will not ever comprehend or know experientially.
Yet, here we are on one hand, the USA 2010... and on the other, a Third World country. Seemingly unconceivable, but still quite conceivable, given the real-life hardships I grew up hearing.
I was taught at a very young age to see color. Not black or white, but that I was something like "neither." I was "yellow," but called names other than "Korean" or "yellow." It wasn't by any of the black kids or the white girls; it was the white boys that taught me in a cruel way that I was "different." Even then, in the mid 1960's teachers were of no help when I sought their protection; they brushed the ostracism off as something trivial.
I come from a totally different mindset than one would even begin to anticipate by looking at me. So many times it seemed I was a foreigner in my own house. I don't speak Korean, but I could sense when my mother's friends were talking about me. So, I'd lean over to her, ask her what they were saying about me, and she would tell me with a smile.... I was always right. Her precious Korean friends were talking about me, yet they were always kind and complimentary. I never heard it, though, since I don't speak Korean; my mother was my translator those kind words never penetrated my psyche.
I also learned as a bi-racial Korean, if I were to go to Korea I would not be accepted because I am not full-blooded Korean.
I wasn't one to blame anyone for my looks. I loved and still love my mother, so I didn't blame her for her contribution to my person. Why...?
With that attitude, and given a mother with a dissimilar cultural background to the people around her, I grew up with unique insights concerning OUR Nation. For one thing, the United States of America's closest thing to "culture" is familiarity with "refinement" in the arts and that which is esthetically pleasing. This is a far cry from the "old world" conventions that many cultures embrace. Some of these were decidedly patriarchal, while others were more culturally affirming. I've not seen any family stress the importance of respecting the elderly. Of course, I see no need to stress the male child to be of any great importance over the female... so no love lost there. In some cultures, when food is served the male is served before the female, kids and the mother is last. Many things, like bowing, went right out the window as certain cultures adopted the American paradigm, because these strict traditions were part of the reason some left their countries. They wanted the freedom to be themselves.
Yet, I've always carried this thought in the back of my mind: If people keep coming to America with drastically different customs (such as those in some communist countries), who is to say that their worldview will not taint ours...?
People tend to re-create the environments they were raised/reared with - even if said environment was grossly dysfunctional. What if these expatriates eventually try to change OUR country into a place they may have once felt was "home," albeit a sick home..? People do this in marriages without realizing it. Some individuals naturally revert back to a time they identify with "home" and attempt to relive it - sometimes completely unconsciously. All things done on a micro level can be done on a macro level as well.
America... I see a strong history of racial tension. NO cultural bonding in OUR Nation. It's a black and white struggle with superiority and pride... gone BAD. It's the blind and deaf leading the blind and deaf. Still at odds after all these years, and history is muddled by the main muddleheaded exploiters, like the Irreverent Jesse Jackson and Mr. Dippity Do Al Sharpton.
Now we have a so-called President, Barry HUSSEIN Obama, who is perpetuating this problem with his race baiting. One would think that having a man that appeared black would help to quell racial issues, to move OUR Nation forward, to be more UNITED... But Barry HUSSEIN Obama has done nothing but foster dissent among the American people with his own destructive race baiting, and his call to violence prior to this November 2010 election.
By his actions and rhetoric, Barry HUSSEIN Obama is showing US, WE the People of the United States of America that he is ready to attack, assault, assassinate characters, and escalate the anxiety he has generated. His own albatross campaigning was done by "profiling" (a/k/a targeting his market).
Barry HUSSEIN Obama will continue to exploit "CRISIS." He will do whatever he can with his administration and their imaginations of ideology to harm, blame, and accuse those who challenge his/their agenda. Barry HUSSEIN is NOT a leader... he is a PAWN.
The SPIN cycle in this administration is enough to make one sick and dizzy enough to vomit. That's America in 2010... headed toward a Ruling Class governing a society of paupers. Call it a Third World country without a CULTURE to bind it.
I hope that WE the People flip that flippin' House today, though a new battle will shortly ignite with Barry HUSSEIN Obama, because he is governed by puppeteer's strings - the strings of anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism.
Just telling like it is, this time with.......... Erik Rush.
Together, we are keeping it............. REAL.
Kathy Pledger, MA, PNC
Managing Director/Editor & Co-founder