In memoriam: Col. Moammar Gaddafi

A man who embraced the modern American ideal.

America is not only for the whites, but it is for all. Who is the American? The American is you, me and that. When we go to America we will become Americans and there is no a race or nationalism called America and the Americans are those Africans, Indians, Chinese, and Europeans and whoever goes to America will become American. American is for all of us and the whole world had made and created America. All the people all over the world had made America and it shall accordingly be for all of us. I will never feel ashamed when I claim for my right in America and it will not be strange when I raise my voice in America."

George H.W. Bush says much the same thing in the linked entry, but one enjoys a Presidential pension and the other was bombed out of his capital city and killed by a mob.

Over and over again, we are told that America is a propositional nation to which anybody can belong. But as iSteve poster Baloo has pointed out, no thought is ever given to the ethnicity that developed the proposition and understands it, nor is there any recognition of the fact that a nation can have a proposition, but a proposition cannot be a nation.

Along these lines, there is still weeping and gnashing of teeth over the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim Yemeni cleric who nonetheless satisfied some technical criteria for US citizenship. But really, what other result follows from a bureaucratric state, totally detached from any notion of patrimony? 'America' is a global proposition, and its governors act globally to defend it. If Gaddafi threatens this global proposition, he will be assassinated. If al-Awlaki threatens this global proposition, he will be assassinated. If David Koresh threatens this global proposition, he will be assassinated. A citizen's good standing in the global proposition depends solely on administrative criteria which can be re-defined or ignored on bureaucratic whim.

The outrage should begin with the fact that American citizenship has become so debased that it warrants no particular consideration.


Anonymous said…
Excellent point AG. I like how you pieced together two events that seems unrelated, but are actually quite related. Those who disagree probably can't grasp what you mean by the debasing of American citizenship. They may get the killing of the Yemeni on a "he wasn't given due process" level, but miss the irony that his simple falling out of the womb at the right place would give him such theoretical cover.
Quadaffi's "we are the world" speech is really telling. Essentially, everyone is an American. The 11,000,000 illegals are Americans, those South Ossetians are Americans. Why have voter ID? Just let people show up from anywhere on election day and vote, like they do in those vibrantly borderless anti-states in Africa.
It's all part of that new-age fantasy that Edward Abbey talked about where speed and technology feed a kind of pantheist dream of simultaneity, of being everywhere at once. America becomes a kind of one-world government for everyone to want a piece of, and to bitch at. Our foreign policy elites happily give ample opportunity for both.
But as that great comedy record from the counterculture days said, "How can you be in two places when you're really nowhere at all?"