Let's stop and take the time to celebrate the wide diversity in America. Our democratic Republic was founded on principles that freed us from the tyranny of royalty, specific religion, bigotry, etc. A nation that declared through its Constitution that it would protect the rights of the minority, even the minority of one.
I salute, welcome, warmly greet my many American citizen-friends... Euro-Americans, Native-Americans, Semites, Arabs, Hispanics, Chinese, Indians, Asians, whites, blacks, reds, yellows, browns, Eskimos, Moslems, Jews, Christians, pagans, witches, Deists, atheists, B'hais, animists, gays, straights, cross-gendered, developmentally-challenged, the poor, common people, the rich, capitalists, Marxists, Buddhists, Shintoists, Sikhs, tall, short, thin, fat, blondes, brunettes, redheads, baldies, and the wonderful blend of all these groups and groupings. I'm glad you're here.
We have civil law to protect you, even if you are different than others. No group has preference over the other when it comes to the civil law we have established in this noble experiment called the United States of America.
Each of you will be tested and challenged for your beliefs, each of you at some time in your life will be confronted with someone who thinks their heritage or belief system is superior to yours. But the U.S. Constitution seeks to protect you from the tyranny of religion, the despotism of narrow thinking, the horrors of bigotry. Too many of us never see the Constitution for what it truly is: protection for all of us from the tyranny of even the majority. Look at the Statue of Liberty, read its inscription. But even those of us who think of ourselves as true Americans want to build fences instead of extending a welcome hand.
Read Thomas Jefferson. He knew well the danger to our Constitution lies in the attempted brute force of the majority against the rights of the minority. Read Jefferson carefully and thoroughly, and you will be armed with the freedom he expresses and will help guard you from the assault of the majority or some group that perceives itself to have a corner on truth.
Hold your head high. Study the Constitution. Enjoy its freedoms. Obey the law and be a tolerant American to your fellow man and woman. This is truly what the U.S. is and we should celebrate the wide variety of ingredients that comes to make us what we are.