Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yes, Mr. Giuliani, Our President Does Not Love "Your" America. And Why I Love This President.

How DID you grow up, Mr. Mayor?
I had to weigh in on the recent debacle concerning Rudolph Giuliani's comment that the believes that the U.S. President of the United States, who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, to defend against enemies - domestic and foreign - does not like America. 

What is apparent to me, in Mr. Giuliani's comments, is that it is he - Giuliani - who does not like America.  America's once Mayor,does not like what America has become, and is chastising the President for not reveling in its halcyon post World War II past, one that he and his Republican cohorts still cherish. Giuliani's claims that Barack Hussein Obama didn't "grow up" like most Americans somehow makes the President seem other than ... can he say the same to the millions of other immigrants who did not grow up in America? Are they any less American?

According to Giuliani: yes.

According to Giuliani, there's only one way to grow up in America.

America Accepts Everyone, Mr. Giuliani. Even You.
The irony is that Italians were not considered Americans, even when they grew up here.  They were called every derogatory name in the book, and were considered strange, with their garlic smells and pasta and accents, opera, and alleged hyper-sexuality. They worshiped a man other than the President, who lived in Italy and wore strange robes.

What a difference four decades makes.  Now, Giuliani would have you believing he was part of the White Anglo-Saxon Ozzie and Harriet family.

What does Mr. Giuliani say to the children of parents in our Armed Forces and our diplomatic missions who live in secluded American communities, going to American schools in foreign countries? Are they not American?  What does Mr. Giuliani say to the Japanese gardeners populating California in the 1940s and '50s, who tended people's gardens and lawns, but whose children grew up speaking fluent English--yet were put in concentration camps in the USA? Were they not Americans, too?

Oh, right. They were Americans.

Just the wrong Americans.

Was Elvis Presley an American, growing up singing and gyrating his hips like a Black man?
What was America before the African slaves brought watermelon, yams, okra, and any number of "foreign" foods to the American natives' shores?

What does it mean when an Indian woman wears a sari, or a Muslim woman wears a hijab? Does that make them any less American? When Catholic women wore scarves on their heads when attending mass, were they less American?

What does it mean to "grow up like us?"  Mr. Giuliani thinks it means living in a community whose only foreign food was Chinese take-out and whose only foreign language knowledge was the words  "Adios muchacho." That was fifty years ago. And Giuliani and his ilk want all of us to go back there.

The Giuliani faction of the Republican party is like overweight men who still talk about their high- school touchdowns as if they were yesterday.  We all grow old. And America will always change.

This President understands that.

Barack Hussein Obama, in name alone, is a bridge from the past to the future. He knows that his Presidency is a harbinger of a real recognition that the storytellers have not scribed: this country belongs to no one and everyone.  We are learning that being American is a state of mind, and those minds can beg to differ about what it means to be an American.  And that's why a faction of the Republican party does not like this President. And the very reason why I love him.

Mr. Giuliani is upset. That he isn't Presidential material, and that his own greatness as America's Mayor has been eclipsed by a two-term President who speaks and communicates to the world with respect and equality, not the superior might that White means right.

And where are the voices of Italian Americans who could silence Giuliani?


They are exercising the privilege of being White now, something this half-White President cannot do.

Shame on Giuliani.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Giuliani is doing as most Republicans do. They come up with a soundbite that will complementtheir party's rhetoric, before even thinking; something that they don't do very well. What an ignorant thing to say. He doesn't even know what he means. It is the Republicans who hate America, because Obama is the essence of an American. He has risen to the top despite the adversity of his cultural b make up, which is less threatening, but still tainted by the black hue which clings to his body. That enrages them even more.
It is the Republicans who hold disdain for the mainstream American. They only respect those in their same wealth class, who run in their own circles.How can you love America and try to suppress the poorest and least fortunate, keeping them down and in poverty and despair while squandering money on things that are completely decadent and obscene, given that people are eating out of garbage cans and are out on the streets braving the elements. It is one thing to become wealthy by one's own merits. It is another to become wealthy by degrading the dignity and economic growth of the common person, stomping on the downtrodden, who likely contributed to creating your wealth, sabotaging your competitors endeavors and doing by hook or crook, whatever is necessary to succeed. It is you who don't love America. One sees the world as one is. The world is a reflection of one's own consciousness. Thanks for revealing who you really are, Mr. Guiliani, although we already knew. Take a good look in the mirror but look into your soul, instead of your made-up face, to really see yourself.

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