The new ugly American

The new ugly American

Guest Columnist You may not like what I have to say, but before you get any crazy ideas, be advised that my home is now inhabited by a 140-pound Rottweiler. He exceptionally large teeth, has a bad attitude, and is tightly wound. He bit someone last week and he seemed to enjoy it. He loves me, however, and perceives anyone approaching me with contempt. I am been remarkably fortunate to have traveled to 85 nations on six continents, having observed governments, citizenry, culture, and attitudes towards America, over a period of four decades. In that timeframe I have sadly witnessed how the perception of our nation and citizens has deteriorated on the world stage. This cannot be blamed entirely on Trump. It began long before he became a household name. As a traveler, up until 15 years ago, when I indicated that I was an American, this garnered immediate respect. America was the land of “liberty” and “free speech,” and these two rights were held in high regard regardless of the government structure of the country I was visiting, which ranged from the social democracies of Western Europe to those of the extreme authoritarian nations. When I attended grade school, the Constitution and Bill of Rights were taught in both history and civics class. We were proud of our nation and carried that pride in our hearts. At that time “liberty” was NOT the right to do anything one chose, regardless of how it negatively affected or harmed others, […]

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