I know that I shouldn’t be concerned with what others think or say about me, and I’m not.
I know that I should never listen to a piece of “journalism” from “The Today Show”, but I did.
Lester Holt introduced a piece called “It’s cool to be American” on Saturday morning. It should have said “Again”. While I don’t care what people think or say about me, I do care what the world thinks and says about America.
When world leaders are beating down our doors saying “Now that you’ve smartened up and elected a real President, we’re willing to work with you”, it has an impact on us and them.
When the Iraqi Parliament says “Now that you have elected a real President, we trust you and want to sign a continuance agreement with you”, that is saying a lot.
In the end it doesn’t matter what the world thinks about us as a country, but it helps. And it doesn’t matter what they think about the American people, but it helps.
We were always taught, from grade school on, that America is a beacon of hope and the gold standard for a good life. It is the standard that countries all over this planet aspire to achieve.
It took eight long, eight very, very long years, for some Americans to finally admit that George W. Bush, his criminal activities, his desire for war, his lies, his ignorance of the Constitution of the United States, has turned this country upside down. We don’t even recognize America anymore. Or at least we didn’t, until we decided, we ALL decided that enough is enough. We’re more afraid of what the world will do to us if we keep the Republicans in power than we are of terrorism itself. I don’t know what it was that made America wake up. Bush as elected (sort of) twice, and John McCain WAS a third Bush term, I don’t care what you say.
But I digress (as usual).
The world thinks America is cool and Americans are cool (unless of course you are still a Republican). My hope is that the country finally understands the both Democrats and Republicans have good ideas, they just need to be melded together correctly. That’s what Obama can do and what Bush could never do, and what McCain had no interest in doing.
So go travel the world again, when you have enough money again, and don’t be afraid to say you are American.
Hint: If you find yourself in a dicey neighborhood in the world somewhere, I’d still go with Canadian.