Exactly what "AMERICAN" values are you referring to?
The ones from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self evident that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL and endowed by their Creator with certain INALIENABLE rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Or the ones from the pledge of allegiance:
"...with liberty and justice FOR ALL"
Or the constitution:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of SPEECH, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to ASSEMBLE, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; NOR DENY TO ANY PERSON WITHIN ITS JURISDICTION THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS."
I'm pretty sure you don't mean "AMERICAN" values when you speak out against the rights of other people to live their lives and pursue their own measure of happiness, or when you use religion to establish laws, or when you condemn others for assembling peacefully or using their speech freely. You mean "CHRISTIAN" values or "REPUBLICAN" values, because "AMERICA" has always been a place where the many have come together, no matter their differences, to face a common destiny. Our motto is "E PLURIBUS UNUM", out of many, one. Our country is not a singular view, not a singular ethnicity, not a singular race, not a singular religion. We are a country filled with a plethora of beliefs and peoples. It is the job of the constitution to make sure that, no matter how vast your majority or small your minority, you are protected as an EQUAL citizen in our country. It is the job of the courts to make sure that laws are not created which violate someone's rights, and often times the courts strike down laws created by the majority which violate the rights of the minority (Brown vs. the Board of Education, for instance).
I don't think you mean "AMERICAN" values, I think you mean your own personal values. And that's fine...please have them, please share them, but don't misname them. America doesn't prescribe to one ethos or to one view of the world. It is legion. It sees the world like a kaleidoscope with a thousand different facets and viewpoints. And that is what is beautiful about our country.
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