Recently, I was having a discussion with my soon-to-be wife. We were discussing the way that everyone in the U.S. today seems to qualify his or her “American-ness” with some other descriptor. For instance, you aren’t just Italian, you’re an Italian-American, and you aren’t just broke, you’re a Penniless-American.
Fortunately, I am blessed with a fiancée who enjoys discussing topics of great social and political import, as my knowledge of RHONJ will prove. It’s part of the reason I’m marrying her, and our latest conversation about just what makes someone American resulted in some very interesting conclusions, or more accurately, some very interesting questions. For what does it really mean to be a citizen here in the United States, and who, for that matter, has the most right to call themselves “American” without having to qualify it with another adjective? What criteria should we use?