“Rebirth of America” – that’s a phrase I’ve heard in one form or another since the historic election of Barack Obama. Many Americans seem to feel that way. Not all, of course, but there is a sense of renewal in the air.
Observers around the globe also think of Obama’s inauguration as a revival of the real America. Consider, for example, this excerpt from the “The Rebirth of America,” an article that appeared in the Korea Times after Obama’s election:
“…it is this self-renewal of America based on its traditional democratic values and moral superiority that endows Washington with the authority to lead the world, not the self-imposed role as a global policeman. It was good to also hear words such as ‘coexistence,’ ‘multilateralism,’ and ‘equitability’ instead of the ‘us-and-them’ or ‘good-or-evil,’ which have been ringing in our ears over the past eight years.”
Care to read another global voice on this theme? You can read Betty Makoni’s letter from Zimbabwe today at the readthespirit.com Web site.
So many voices are sharing in this chorus. A poem on Facebook — “The Rebirth of America” — was written to commemorate Obama’s election.
There’s even a multimedia movement called “Born Again American” that, according to its stated mission, “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.”
The founder of the movement is Norman Lear. You don’t have to subscribe to his progressive values to appreciate his message.
“Born again” is a phrase typically reserved for evangelical or fundamentalist Christians who have experienced an intense and emotional spiritual rebirth.
“Born Again American” is a secular twist on the religious idea, one that nonetheless connotes a similar emotional experience and patriotic rebirth.
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Do you like the idea of a Born Again American?
Is it a good term to use in the Obama Era?
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CLICK on the video screen below to watch the coast-to-coast singers of this song. If your Web browser doesn’t show a screen here, then Click Here to visit the Born Again American Web site.