I simply mean not respecting our country or institutions at its core. While one may disagree with and want reasonable change - that is one thing. But to spit at what it means to be American and the values of freedom and democracy we stand for by attacking our capitalistic system and democratic ideals at its core - I consider that to be anti-American.
Look, I am Iranian-American. I know what it is like to live in tyranny and oppression as well as to having family living in tyranny and oppression. It is an insult to see some compare us to the Islamic Republic as not having much of a difference between us (believe me, I've seen it too many times); we are a nation of secular values and rule of laws and while imperfect, we should be proud of our democratic ideals and institutions which has made America a beacon to freedom and democracy; not spit at it and give every excuse in the book to attack America. Simply look at the signs of these kids and see how many of them consist of such loons as "9/11 truthers, NWO conspiracy theorists, end FED nuts, isolationist cowards" and the such. I don't hate them, but I have disdain for their ignorance and in addition, they are setting up to be a burden on President Obama being reelected (which at this point I want, since the Republicans have no viable candidates). We must not be caught up in the emotion of things in losing our resolve in fighting against Islamic fascists and radicals who want to bring an end to humanity and cause the deaths of as many people as possible in the west.
Just for the record I'm pretty sure that I can replace your race card with my race card and the statement will be basically the same. What exactly is it about your particular race/heritage makes you so much better at deciding what is American and what is Anti-American. By the definition that you have given, the fact that I can go and vote is "anti-American" because at one point in time trying to gain complete freedom for African Americans was considered "anti-American and to go against the democratic ideals at it's core" We were nothing but stupid savages who needed to work and keep our noses out of white business lol.
So basically your definition and your attempt to back your attempt by tossing your race card in bold letters (for emphasis I presume?) has been voided by mine lol. Please try again sir.
Sassan, I am a little old lady who experienced the Great Depression, and watched our daddies go off to World War II, I learned about freedom, justice, a nation of laws not men, loyalty, dependability, resourcefulness, sacrifice, patriotism as many USA citizens did. We know corruption in our capitalist system is real and we constantly maintain our vigilance to keep USA true to its values. For you to imply that protest, or resistance, or skepticism or organizing is "un-American" reveals your naivete. That is exactly what the USA Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights address.
Perhaps USA is not as bad as other countries; are other countries the measure of our greatness? Or is it that individuals are able and willing to stand up in face of corruption, or resist exploitation wherever it occurs, or refuse to be dominated by those who lie, cheat, steal, or bully us.
I personally take offense when lumped in with those you call un-American. I take seriously my responsibility to resist and protest; to do otherwise is un-American. I also work hard at being the kind of citizen I believe my country calls me to be.
Forgive me for intruding on an interesting conversation, but I do have a question because you all seem a bit more educated on this movement than I probably am.
So from looking at all of the graphs what I seem to be seeing is an issue with the fact that the top 1% of this country has an unbelievable amount of money and from looking at the pictures I do catch a good bit of the redistribution of wealth type of ideals. And I noticed a bit of discrepancy with the whole what do you define as "American" question so I'll try to not confuse the two issues with my question.
Is it not a part of the American Dream to be able to start up a company and become hugely successful, even if you are screwing people over and buying out all of your potential competition as far as you can to stay within the boundaries of the anti-trust and anti monopoly laws?
If the answer to the above is yes, then how do we, as citizens of this country, find a way to moderate this scenario?
If your answer to the first question is no, then how do we, as citizens, deal with this problem besides protesting because we all know that simply just protesting won't do much of anything.