Born Again Americans?

posted at 5:45 pm on February 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Apparently, some of our fellow Americans only acknowledge themselves as such when their candidates win election.  This collection of sunshine patriots have launched their website, proclaiming themselves “Born Again Americans,” led by television producer Norman Lear:

Born Again American is committed to the rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism. It is an initiative of Declare Yourself, a national non-partisan, non-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement. Declare Yourself’s on-line voter registration tool has been used by almost four million people since 2004. Declare Yourself grew out of the 2003’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip that toured an original 1776 copy of the Declaration to schools, town halls, and other locations all over the country.

Our founder, TV producer and philanthropist Norman Lear, was talking with Academy Award-winning songwriter Keith Carradine one night, and the Born Again American video was, well, born. It took the efforts of Director Mark Johnson of Playing for Change, Producer Brent Miller, and 16 performers and two choruses to bring Keith’s song to life in 14 iconic locations around the USA. The singers and musicians, non-professionals all, were chosen because they are living the lyrics in these troubled times, not just performing them.

I don’t need to sign the pledge on the website, because unlike all of these sudden Americans, I didn’t stop being American.  My passion for my country and my pride in it doesn’t start and stop depending on which party controls Congress and the White House.  Frankly, anyone who needs to experience a “rebirth” of their Americanism is someone on whom we can’t rely when things get tough, anyway — so who needs them?

Plus, there’s something creepily religious about the phrase “Born Again American” that appears to emphasize Barack Obama as their secular Messiah.  There’s nothing at all American about falling into cults of personality.  Maybe if they’d taken a little more pride in their American heritage, they’d already know that.

Fittingly, the acronym for this new organization is BAA — perfect for the sheeple that join it.

Update: Yes, it does sound depressingly familiar.

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I’d be willing to drive a spike into my head for every Obamabot at that rally in Florida who could correctly identify Thomas Paine.

turfmann on February 11, 2009 at 4:45 AM

I am sure among the answers you would get to the question “Who is Thomas Paine?” would be “You mean T-Pain? He’s one of my favorite hip-hop singers!”

L.N. Smithee on February 11, 2009 at 6:13 AM

I’d be willing to drive a spike into my head for every Obamabot at that rally in Florida who could correctly identify Thomas Paine.

turfmann on February 11, 2009 at 4:45 AM

I’d stuff a jalepeno up my mudflap for any one of them that could describe even one amendment to the Constitution.

BacaDog on February 11, 2009 at 7:58 AM


NoFanofLibs on February 11, 2009 at 8:28 AM

So when they lose, will they be “Dead Again?”

itsspideyman on February 11, 2009 at 9:33 AM

I’ve hesitated to say it for a long time for its distasteful similarity to what some Germans said about Jews during the 1930s, but one must follow where the evidence leads:

There are too many democrats who will be democrats before they are “Americans.”

Spurius Ligustinus on February 11, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Whenever Norman Lear dies it will be untimely: 70 years too late.

Akzed on February 11, 2009 at 2:48 PM

A conversation with a liberal:

Reporter: “Are you an American?”
Liberal: “Who is in the White House right now?”

LOL! Insane.

Theophile on February 11, 2009 at 6:34 PM