Not all American’s are created equal but their status under the constitution is. That is the most important part of the American promise and perhaps of the social contract that makes our democratic polity possible.
What is at stake here is who we are as a nation and how the rest of the world community sees us. After our heroic role in WWII, we have enjoyed a special place in the new world order that manifested itself as east and west–Russians, their allies, and the rest of us free peoples. But today the international community and our internal polity have become much more complex. And we are having a difficult time moving forward.
America’s social, economic and ethnic diversity is becoming an increasing challenge to discussing, understanding and agreeing to a conception of:
what is an American,
what America stands for, and
who is eligible to partake in her bounty.