I am an American, unhyphenated and unnumbered

In American Sovereign on September 23, 2010 at 11:51 am

The Great Divide

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The Great Divide

By: Robert A. Gomez , Oklahoma Chapter President  & Member of Oath Keepers National Board of Directors

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We are witnessing an attack on the Republic today using a classic text book divide and conquer technique used by military strategists for centuries. The progressives are instilling in the minds of the citizens that the wealthy are against the poor, as well as pitting minorities against the majority. This process has been in the works for years and, in my opinion these factions are hell bent on ensuring a renewed effort in creating class warfare amongst all of us to ensure their hold on power.

This is an insidious cancer that is no longer covertly eating away at our liberty but is being pushed overtly by the ruling class elites in Washington with the help of the mainstream media. Unfortunately, many of the people believe in and defend this reversal of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We the taxpaying citizens are being ignored by our elected officials so they can put forth their own agenda to shred and ignore the Constitution. This is being accomplished via their continuous blatant disregard of the bonds on government as stated in the Bill of Rights, and disregard of our unalienable rights as prescribed in the Declaration of Independence.

A prime example of this tactic is the labeling of groups of minorities as African-American, Mexican-American, Native American, and Asian-American. When a soldier is killed or wounded in action he or she is not listed as a Mexican-American or an African-American. Quite the contrary, every man and woman in the Armed Forces are all classified as Americans.

This is where we conservatives must remember, and attempt to educate, our fellow Americans that a bullet, just as the Constitution, does not distinguish between ethnicity. It has been the goal of many that we divide our citizenry by their ethnic back ground and culture. This goes back to the nineteenth century, when Italians, Irish, Germans, and others had immigrated and established communities where only people of like origins were welcome.

Granted, there were more factors involved in this segregation, especially when speaking of African- Americans and Hispanics, but we must move past that part of our tainted history, and learn from it.

It is now the 21st Century and although we cannot teach our fellow man not to be bigoted, we as individuals should know what is right in our hearts. If we are truly constitutionalists, and if we truly hold to the timeless principles of our Declaration of Independence, then all men are created equal without regard to race, creed, color, or religion.

Many will argue that when the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written, all men were not considered equal, based on the practice of slavery. However, since slavery was made illegal by the Thirteenth Amendment, and that prohibition became the law of the land, all of us by virtue of the rule of law are finally recognized as being equal.

That leads me to the basis of my beliefs. Although my ancestors were born in Mexico or the former Mexican territory of Texas, I was born in the United States of America. My birth certificate states my race is white. Many of you may wonder how I could be considered white. Remember high school science, where race is taught, there are only three races: Caucasoid, Negroid, and Mongoloid. If you were to look up race in the dictionary you would find the same answer, only with more detail on what is considered a person of each of race.

Maybe it was the foresight of my father based on his experience being raised in Texas during the 1940s and 1950s. We were taught that first, we had to work harder than anyone else, second, we were not taught to speak Spanish so we didn’t have an accent, and third that we were Americans. My father frowned on the terms Chicano, Latino, or Hispanic. The point is, my father taught us to assimilate into this country without forgetting our culture and heritage. This is not to say we were to forget our culture, but embrace it, just as Americans of Irish decent celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.

Every American has certain practices passed down by their ancestors, to remind them of the rich heritage and culture from which they came. Sadly, many people in this country have misplaced the practice of cultural celebrations of their heritage with the belief that they must be divided by it, and thus, they are not truly citizens of this great land, but instead are hyphenated Americans.

When asked what nationality I am, my answer is certain and unequivocally American. Not Mexican -American. During my military career, I had the great fortune to visit over 20 countries and just as I answered I was an American, so did my fellow Airmen. I find it troubling that so many here at home consider themselves hyphenated Americans, not just an American.

I ask you why the difference in answers. Could it be that certain factions in our political parties want us to feel divided and disenfranchised from the rest of America? This is not at all different from the attacks on the fortunate that have helped build this country to be a leading industrial nation.  Is it fair to give the unfortunate the presumption that they are entitled to gain from the hard work of those that have put their heart and soul in the success of their business and fortune?

I was recently asked to speak on behalf of the Oath Keepers at a luncheon hosted by a local conservative organization. As I spoke to the audience, I felt it necessary to establish that Oath Keepers is not a racist right wing extremist organization, as labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center. During the course of the speech, I asked how the Oath Keepers could be a racist or bigoted group, when I was not only the Oklahoma Chapter President but also on the National Board of Directors.

After my speech, as the audience was leaving, I was approached by an elderly gentleman. This gentleman had zeroed in on my statement about being an American, not a Mexican-American. He himself was a self described African-American and wanted to talk to me about my statement. He said he never had thought of hyphenated Americans and how it divides our people. In his 80 + years he was taught that he was a Negro-American, Black-American, and now, an African-American. He taught his children and many others the same. With a tear in his eye, he shook my hand and said thank you, from this day forward he was an American, and only an American.

This was enough evidence for me to validate my theory that a planned and sinister attempt by the progressives, statists, and liberals to divide and conquer was in motion and had been effective for many years.

It is clear that there are those in this country that want desperately to spread the wealth of the productive, at the expense of destroying the very foundation on which this Republic was formed, and to create a socialist type of government. They wish to enslave the people by creating a dependence on the government for all of our needs, while at the same time destroying our economy and relegating our once exceptional accomplishments and achievements to those of a third world nation.
I cannot accept this approach to changing this country. We that have served the public, to protect and defend the Constitution, did so in good faith.  Many have sacrificed their lives, liberty, and fortunes to ensure the Republic survived attacks in the past, and those yet to come.
We are a Nation of one people and must turn back the divisions that have been so entrenched in our society.

For the Republic,

Robert A. Gomez, MSgt, USAF, (Ret)

Oath Keepers Oklahoma Chapter President
Member of Oath Keepers National Board of Directors

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