Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I am a real American

I am a real American.

I care deeply for this country and our world.
I want to see an end to the war.
I believe housing is a basic human right.
I love my child and want her to thrive.
I want your children to thrive too.
I want everyone to have affordable healthcare.
I want transparency in our leadership.
I will vote no, resoundingly no on Proposition 8.
I believe in equal pay for equal work.
I believe in freedom of expression.
I believe that your life is worth as much as mine and your success allows me to succeed.
I refuse to let people categorize my dissent as a lack of patriotism.
I do not like apple pie.
I am a real American and I am voting for Barack Obama.

If you are so inclined, feel free to share on your blog why you too, are a real American. Or a real Canadian. Or a real African. Or a real German. Or a real human being. Let me know and I'll link you all here.

They can only divide us if we let them.

Other real people:
the lovely island girl
Sanity Souffle
the lovely Jennifer

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flutter said...

way to use your voice, babe. Way to use your voice

Christine said...

amen, a-freakin'-men!!!

alejna said...

I'm with you all the way. Well, almost. We differ on one key issue. I'm pro apple pie.

Can we still be friends?

Island Travel Girl said...

From one real American to another....

painted maypole said...

other than the apple pie thing (yum!) i am with you 100% - even though I cna't vote in CA anymore, I have in the past, and voted for Gay Marriage then

Ally said...

Yes yes yes.

Amy Y said...

I agree (and I blogged it) ~ thank you for your inspiration :)

Denguy said...

I'm a real Canadian because my parents were born some where else.
(I'm not being flippant here--I just use humour when faced with possible disaster. I hope your country gets the vote right this time and that the votes are all actually counted.)

Mayberry said...

Oh, you have to go read Cecily at uppercasewoman on this -- she did a post on this topic that ROCKED.

Gwen said...

"They can only divide us if we let them."

Amen, my wise and beautiful friend. A-fucking-men.

Arwen said...

This election is CRAZY! Why do we even have to defend whether we are good Americans? Does being told you are not a good American even work? Next we will be told we are terrorists because we support local agriculture or education or freedom of religion.

heels said...

Gorgeous. I've done it now, too.

carol said...

This is a great post. Challenging and inspiring.

I'm voting for John McCain. Do I get to be a real American too?

Anonymous said...

Carol, absolutely.

I believe that by saying "...They can only divide us if we let them." is doing the dividing. We need to come together and quit with the "us" and "them".

I believe a marriage is between a man and woman, but that doesn't mean I don't love people who disagree.

I believe housing is a basic human right, but I don't believe in living beyond your means.

I love pie, period! :)

I believe in God, and Thy will be done whatever that means for me.

I am a real American and am voting for John McCain.

-cb in nm

hele said...

I am going to try my best to find a few moments*

Janet said...

I love apple pie.
I am not an American.
But if I were, I would be voting Obama.

Jill said...

you rock Jen!

jen said...

Carol/Anon - absolutely and thank you for commenting. Go for it and tell me why and I'll link you here.

And to clarify when i said "they" in terms of division i was speaking to the folks who want to distinguish what makes someone an American. That our vote can determine that for us - when the point is we are all Americans. And humans. We don't have to let the spin divide us.

Anjali said...

I wrote a very similar post yesterday on my new blog.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for clarifying.

I don't blog, but I enjoy reading them. I appreciate you letting us all comment!

I think one defining part of being an American is being able to live civilly with those who have different points of view. We don't have to agree, but we all deserve respect.

-cb in NM

Anonymous said...

grammar check:

"...with those whom have different points of view." Right?

Got in a hurry! Sorry!

-cb in NM

Kyla said...

Amen and AMEN.

Anonymous said...

Funny how it works out that as I dip my toes in the blogging pool and find cool sites I like, that I also end up seeing some of the same people in the comments - Hi Kyla, hi flutter!

This site is now in my reader - AMEN - I am an American and I vote.

(In)Sanity Gal said...

Great post jen. Thanks for your comment, and I've heard the call too. http://sanitysouffle.blogspot.com/2008/10/i-am-real-american.html

Jennifer said...

Fantastic, friend. I just added my voice to the American chorus, over at my place.

Magpie said...

Yo. I want to bake you an apple pie.

Great post.

Nathan Black said...

I too am a Real American.

I was so pissed I started a web project: http://iamarealamerican.com so that people could put a voice to their statement that they too are Americans, regardless of if we fit in their cookie cutter vision of the country.

Check it out, and please contribute if you can.



Teresa said...

Came across your blog. I posted on my blog using your outline.


Adrian said...

Great post! I am a Real American too and very proud of it and yes I am voting for Obama and doing everything I can to help him.


suzannah said...

this is amazing. thank you.

i posted, too:

i am a real american too said...

how about posting a video about on http://www.iamarealamerican.com >

Kat Wolfdancer said...

I am a Real American. (and I like apple pie, and make a pretty derned good one with the organically grown apples in my orchard!) And AMEN, Sister! If I could have Voted NO on Prop 8 I would have, but I don't live in California anymore. I am a Real American, and I Voted for President Barack Obama.