Who is a good American? That is basically a fairly simple question, but the different political ideologies, cultural and religious and racial and ethnic and economic differences that mark residents who live within these American states distort any simple answer that anyone might give to this question.
There is no doubt about the fact that the American population consists of a very diverse collection of individuals, perhaps more diverse than any other place on earth. And our public media are full of daily reports and discussions regarding the efforts of various political representatives and various social and private agencies to provide what is “good” for their constituents, but there doesn’t seem to be much consensus on what would be “good” for most Americans. And some of our legal representatives and officials can’t seem to decide what laws of our land and statues of our Constitution would be “good” to enforce and other officials and residents are working to change some of these laws and write new ones. So there seems to be a lot of diverse opinions regarding what would be “good” for the residents of these American states and ultimately who is a good American.
What has respect for our laws got to do with whether or not an individual is a “good American”? In light of the diversity of our residents, what has respect for individual differences got to do with who is a good American? What personal qualities or civic virtues make a person “a good American”? Let’s talk about this.