The questions that is asked to personally answer in this discussion is do I agree or disagree that Americans need a common identity. I agree with Michael Walzer’s, the man in the textbook, opinion; No, Americans do not need common identity. My opinion is why chance America from the way it was and still is; especially, if America is not doing any harm the way it is. D’Angelo and Dougals (2011) stated that European was the first people to immigrant to America [during the 17th century]. That statement tells me that multiculturalism is what America always has been. Immigration has been the primary cause of the growth of the American population from a little less than 4 million in 1790 to over 270 million in 2000 (Hirschman, 2005, para. 18).
If it was not for multiculturalism (immigrants) Americans would have over half of the things they have today. For example, over half of American’s vehicles such as Nissan, Honda, Volkswagen and Mazda are made oversea. Nissan’s, Mazda’s and Honda’s vehicles are made in Japan while Volkswagens are made in Germany. Overall, 50% of Americans buy these vehicles. Canada, Mexico, and China import the most of America’s products. Petroleum products, passenger cars, aluminums, and lumbers are the most items Canada imports to America. We all use these items or have used these items before.
Crude oil, car parts, video equipment such as DVD players, and electrical parts are the most things Mexico imports to America. Over 80% of American has DVD players in their home. China imports a lot of things to America such as computers, miscellaneous household goods, toys, household furniture, and footwear. Look at all the things listed that we get from China, there is no way we can do without China’s items. If American has a common identity, we would never be the same. We will not have over half of the things have. In my opinion, if is not broke do not try to fix it.
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