The metaphor of the melting pot is

The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading.  A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage.  ~Carl N. Degler

Rachel the pilgrims came here to escape

Rachel:  The pilgrims came here to escape persecution from the British.
Elizabeth:  Yes, so they could go about persecuting the Indians.
~ER, "Great Expectations"

If you can speak three languages youre

If you can speak three languages you’re trilingual.  If you can speak two languages you’re bilingual.  If you can speak only one language you’re an American.  ~Author Unknown

Oh beautiful for smoggy skies insecticided grain

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~George Carlin

I pledge allegiance to my flag and

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  ~Francis Bellamy, The Youth’s Companion, 8 September 1892pledgeqanda.com  (Thank you, Anna.)

I dont feel we did wrong in

I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them.  There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.  ~John Wayne

Some americans need hyphens in their names

Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.  ~Woodrow WilsonMCTO

The constitution of the united states america

The Constitution of the United States of America, Article V, Section 1:  There shall be a National Anthem containing incomprehensible words and a high note that normal humans cannot hit without risk of hernia.  ~Dave Barrybelow beltway

America makes prodigious mistakes has colossal faults

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied:  America is always on the move.  She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.  ~e.e. cummings

It is a pity that instead of

It is a pity that instead of the Pilgrim Fathers landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock had not landed on the Pilgrim Fathers.  ~Chauncey Depew, at an 1881 New England Society meeting in New York

You have to be sure that the

You have to be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.  ~Charles De Gaulle, Time, 8 December 1967LCD

America where a man can say what

America:  Where a man can say what he thinks, if he isn’t afraid of his wife, his boss, his customer, his neighbors, or the government.  ~Joe Moore

If our country is worth dying for

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If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.  ~Hamilton FishQSO

If america ever passes out as a

If America ever passes out as a great nation, we ought to put on our tombstone:  America died from a delusion she had Moral Leadership.  ~Will RogersCUL

It is the flag just as much

It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations.  ~Henry Cabot LodgeTSCA

Sometimes people call me an idealist well

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Sometimes people call me an idealist.  Well, that is the way I know I am an American.  America is the only idealistic nation in the world.  ~Woodrow WilsonTSCA

America is the only nation in history

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.  ~Georges Clemenceau, quoted in Saturday Review, 1 Dec 1945; SH

Yet america is a poem in our

Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet," Essays, Second Series, 1844CTO

We are quite rich enough to defend

We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost.  We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated.  ~Walter LippmannLLDT

Were americans with a capital a

We’re Americans – with a capital A!  And do you know what that means?  Do you?  It means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.  ~From the movie Stripes

America is gods crucible the great melting pot

America is God’s crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming!… The real American has not yet arrived.  He is only in the crucible, I tell you – he will be the fusion of all races.  ~Israel ZangwillMCTO

I just dont know why theyre shooting

I just don’t know why they’re shooting at us.  All we want to do is bring them democracy and white bread.  Transplant the American dream.  Freedom.  Achievement.  Hyperacidity.  Affluence.  Flatulence.  Technology.  Tension.  The inalienable right to an early coronary sitting at your desk while plotting to stab your boss in the back.  ~Hawkeye, M*A*S*H, "O.R."

We need an america with the wisdom

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We need an America with the wisdom of experience.  But we must not let America grow old in spirit.  ~Hubert H. HumphreyTSCA

The winds that blow through the wide

The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.  ~Franklin D. RooseveltTSCA

The american is a gentle guy but

International trade note: [T]he American is a gentle guy; but don’t pressure him; if you do he turns toad and squirts poison.  ~Martin H. FischerFFM

What is the essence of america finding

What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."  ~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade

You cannot spill a drop of american

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You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world…. We are not a nation, so much as a world.  ~Herman MelvilleTSCA

I will never admit that the beloved

I will never admit that the beloved flag is to me merely the symbol of a land where I can live in rich content and make money.  ~Henry Cabot LodgeQSO

When an american says that he loves

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.  ~Adlai StevensonPAM

How often we fail to realize our

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.  ~Paul Sweeney

America just a nation of two hundred

America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.  ~Hunter S. Thompson

There is a malaise that exists in

There is a malaise that exists in your land – what appears to many as the sudden and tragic disappearance of the American dream which, in some ways, has turned to nightmare.  ~J.J. Greene