Thanks to Palmetto Patriot for pointing this out. I didn’t listen to the SOTU Address. Couldn’t stomach it. And I haven’t watched the two Republican responses yet – Rand and Rubio. If you watched any or all of them, let me know your thoughts.
This, however, is very disappointing.
Paul insisted in his speech that race and ethnicity are unimportant (a notion that none of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence would have agreed with), using the tired-out, Leftist phrase ‘complexion of our skin’ as if colour is the only thing which that makes Eskimos, Nigerians, Chinese, Frenchmen and Greeks different. Along the same lines, Paul spoke about the ability of a person from anywhere on Earth to ‘become an American.’ If Paul is right, then ‘American’ is simply a proposition – a notion that one accepts or rejects – or a piece of government paper which is handed out for political and economic concerns. Or perhaps both. It’s clear though that if Paul is correct in his view that ‘American’ is universal then it does not define nationality. There is no single notion that the 310 million people who live between Canada and Mexico hold in common. They do not have a common religion. They do not have a common background. They don’t even have a common language. Nothing unites them except that they are all subordinate to a single city on the Atlantic coast – which about half of them pay income taxes to while the other half lives off of those taxes. The United States that Obama, Rubio and Paul believe in is a universalist construct. It’s a motley collection of everyone and no one.