If we promise to behave, if we sign a contract to act like civilized human beings, would you have us?

If we promise not to pollute your skies with various emissions, your televisions with reality shows, and your grocery shelves with Twinkies, would you have us?

If we brought our money, and our industriousness, would you have us?

If we brought our notions of equality and tolerance that no longer play so well in our own country, would you have us?

We are not all gun-toting madmen – not all.

We are not all selfish, self-absorbed jackasses who can’t spare a dime for those in need – not all.

We are not all narrow-minded zealots who would repress the rights of others in the name of a religion of which we don’t grasp the basic tenets – not all.

We are not all fear-driven racists and sexists resistant to change – not all.

Those of us who are still Americans, would you have us?

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