From Bruce Kesler at Democracy Project.
Like Groucho Marx, I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me.
To me, that’s a most American statement of principle, and I think applies to most Americans. The 4th of July is Independence Day. That independence includes from most cant and credo.
Americans are essentially iconoclastic. We don’t pay obeisance to any organization’s doctrine and enjoy puncturing the pompous and self-righteous. Our views are not ideologically consistent. Polls repeatedly confound commentators to show majorities holding views that on the surface of the questions or demographics conflict or contradict imposed categorization.
Ideologues say that this demonstrates confusion, or pernicious effects of their opposition’s propaganda, and call for more intense organizing and education. But, the apparent contradictions persist.
Read the rest. It's quite a good take on America and Americans.