After hearing that the state of Florida changed its opinion and let a Muslim woman have her picture on her driver's license with her face covered this is an editorial written by an American citizen, published in a Tampa newspaper. He did quite a job; didn't he? Read on, please!

IMMIGRANTS, NOT AMERICANS, MUST ADAPT. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.

I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants. However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of America being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.

We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!

"In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.

If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives every! citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
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This former Marine Corps Sergeant fought for, among many other rights our citizens enjoy, the many freedoms bonded us under the First Amendment to our Constitution. It is the First Amendment that guarantees every citizen the right to express his/her opinion. I will lay in this hospital bed with my Purple Heart the remainder of my life for having had the "Honor" to play a small part in defending the freedom and liberties of this GREAT NATION!   Roy Chambers, Former Sergeant USMC and disabled veteran

Like my very good friend and fellow veteran, Roy, I am disabled and will spend the rest of my life in constant pain. That is the price I have paid for service to these United States of America -- MY country. I paid it willingly and would do so again. If you want to live in MY country, learn our language, join our culture and be an American I'm all for you. But if you just want to bad mouth my country and/or change our culture and/or freeload off the generosity of its citizens then go somewhere else. I'll be happy to show you the way.   Darry Deaton, Former Staff Sergeant USMC and disabled veteran

Please e-mail all comments and suggestions to Darry Deaton, Darry@Muddyboots.Net

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