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  • Great editorial from Romania re: America

    being 1/2 Romanian, it was great to see this editorial from my grandparents homeland.

    Editorial in a Romanian Newspaper

    We rarely get a chance to see another country's editorial
    about us, the USA. When you think the US isn't thought
    well of all over the world, read this excerpt from a Romanian

    ~An Ode to America~

    Why are Americans so united? They would not resemble one
    another even if you painted them all one color! They speak
    all the languages of the world and form an astonishing
    mixture of civilizations. Some of them are nearly extinct,
    others are incompatible with one another, and in matters of
    religious beliefs, not even God can count how many there

    Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million
    people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse
    the White House, the army, and the secret services that they
    are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their
    bank accounts. Nobody rushed out onto the streets nearby to
    gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to
    give a helping hand.

    After the first moments of panic, they raised their flag
    over the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties
    in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on
    buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a
    government official or the president was passing. On every
    occasion they started singing their traditional song: "God
    Bless America!"

    Silent as a rock, I watched the charity concert broadcast on
    Saturday once, twice, three times, on different TV channels.
    There was Clint Eastwood, Willy Nelson, Robert de Niro,
    Julia Roberts, Cassius Clay, Jack Nicholson, Bruce
    Springsteen, Sylvester Stallone, James Wood, and many others
    whom no film or producers could ever bring together. The
    American's spirit of solidarity turned them into a choir.
    Actually, choir is not the word. What you could hear was the
    heavy artillery of the American soul.

    What neither George W. Bush, nor Bill Clinton, nor Colin
    Powell could say without facing the risk of stumbling over
    words and sounds, was being heard in a great and
    unmistakable way through this charity concert.

    I don't know how it happened that all this obsessive singing
    of America didn't sound croaky, nationalist, or
    ostentatious! It made you green with envy because you
    weren't able to sing for your country without running the
    risk of being considered chauvinist, ridiculous, or
    suspected of who-knows-what ulterior motive.

    I watched the live broadcast and rerun after rerun for hours
    listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred
    floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she
    was, or of the Californian hockey player, who gave his life
    fighting with the terrorists and prevented the plane from
    hitting a target that could have killed other hundreds or
    thousands of people.

    How on earth were they able to respond united as one human
    being? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the
    memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes.
    And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars
    were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a
    family, but a spirit, which no money can buy.

    What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their
    land? Their galloping history? Their economic power? Money?
    I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and
    murmuring phrases with the risk of sounding commonplace.

    I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion.

    Only freedom can work such miracles!
    I'll post, You argue.

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    That's a wonderful story.. Thank you for sharing.
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