Originally Posted by NomDePlume
What is your point? I don't follow?
Ok, Nom... I asked what you think....
So, as a courtesy, I'll go first....
I understand we have been influenced on this side of the pond from our inception from all over the world... this is not a "new" wisdom I'm professing.... I submit the following http://www.historians.org/INFO/AHA_History/cjhhayes.htm
Perhaps we Americans are indeed, "the melting pot". Whether we are "The Great American" one, time and history will tell.
I believe it serves us well to have awareness of our history and heritage, it can serve to heal and bond us.... whereas ignorance has a way of driving us apart... like water freezing in a stone, first it seeps in, then hardens with the coldness of isolationism and elitism.... and expands causing irreparable rifts.
My family has roots from the sword masters and serfs serving the Kings of France and eventually becoming part of the "Cajuns of South Louisiana".... Roots in service to Kings of Spain, Kings of England...
Heck, we may even be cousins!!! I even have a cousin who MOVED BACK!...
I applaud and encourage the "unification" of Europe... and wouldn't it be grand if, someday, we could banish all strife and unify?
For some time, I've heard folks speaking of the EU in such glowing and "last great hope for Mankind" tomes... and so I turned my open ears and eyes to understand the legitimacy and benefits being sought.
Even within the United States we have division of opinion... yet, when I read things like this regarding the EU and it seems the stage is being set for some kind of "peace"... but not the peace that is everlasting... it is a peace which SEEMS to be one of slavery for the masses and reconstitution of power with the elite.... not a power of grace and mercy.... It is similar to what is being done to America by the perversion of the separated branches of government where the Judicial Branch is allowed to make law.
And so I ask the question... "ya think?", because I really do hope and pray for the EU's success.... but not at the costs being levied... on you and us...
The great civilizations of the world influence us to this day. The lifeblood being what the American Founding Fathers set forth.... "We hold these truth's to be self evident...."
It was in America that the United Nations was formed, it's roots and cause in great virtue... and the possibilities as so well articulated in Mr. Hayes' speech I linked above.
Our futures, to be kind, are similar.... so, where has the experience of all our history led us today and leading us tomorrow.... and who's pulling the strings?