I have thought hard and long about sharing this post which I read today. I had been wavering back and forth about sharing because I know that things of a political nature can bring out the best or the worst in some people, and my intent is not to gain enemies, nor does my sharing of this post necessarily mean I am looking for new friends. My true friends know who they are and are always with me no matter what we are thinking politically, and we may not agree on everything which is perfectly fine with each other. I was actually quite taken in by Mr. Este's post on Facebook which I read today and yes I decided to go ahead and share his post after all. There is a lot to be said here about Mr. Este's thoughts and feelings and especially for me as a U.S.Navy Veteran.
I have encountered quite a lot of anti-Americanism over the 15 years that I have lived here in New Zealand. I began thinking it was just a New Zealand thing. Then I started to do a lot of reading about the mind set of Americans under our present administration as well as the mind set of other people living outside of America, and New Zealand and have found some extraordinary results. I should take a moment to mention that although I live in New Zealand I am an American through and through. I was born a Yankee from Queens New York and I am proud to say that I am still a Yankee...always was....always will be. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl. In much of my reading and talking with people I found that people always in the past would look up to America like a big brother, but things have changed so quickly over the past few years and from what I can see so many people are looking down at America.....the people and the government. There are millions of people...but only one government in America. Now who is responsible for the so called "lack luster' state of affairs in America?......the people or the government? Can millions of wonderful people in all of America all be wrong? There are good and bad things taking place in America everyday. But hey, guess what? There are good and bad things happening in every country, city and town all over the world every day. But why is America now the bad apple in the barrel? Could it be that non Americans are too quick to listen to negative comments about our country, especially when many of those comments are those which are coming right from our own president? When I hear or see interviews and speeches on the television with Obama, I often get the feeling that he is ashamed of the American people. Gosh, not every American is a drug dealer or someone commiting crimes or someone out there shooting innocent school children. Yes there are significant problems, I admit, but with every person in America or elsewhere commiting horrendous acts there are millions more that are not. I think for any president to consider himself or herself a decent leader, they should reassess the negatives and accentuate the positives, not withstanding, however, the negatives should be dealt with accordingly and praise given where praise is due. In my humble opinion it is about time Obama put his money where his mouth is and start realizing that America is still a wonderful country as a whole and to stand by that for the duration of his administration. Who needs a leader who hates the country he is residing over. Sounds all to hypocritical to me. I am not asking anyone to 'share' this, nor am I asking anyone to 'like' this. I am merely just expressing my opinion....and not looking at all to start an argument. One thing though if you have another minute or so, please read the post from Mr. Estes. I won't mind at all if you have other opinions and feel free to share if you like. I am not here to convert...but merely "just sayin"! Hugs From Patti P.S. America I am with you through thick and thin! And by the way, don't worry America......Israel is behind you...just some last minute food for thought!