I Used To Admire the American People

When I was living in Canada, I used to admire the American people. I was struck by their patriotism. I admired how they seemed to come together in times of trouble. The history that they had and how they should be proud how they fought through their differences.

And then in 2008, I moved to the States. I quickly found that Americans are extremely opinionated about their politics, religion, and sports. Yes, they are passionate about these things but almost to the point where you cannot debate about these issues. As a new American, I am trying to learn as much as I can. I had to be very careful asking questions about how, why, when, and what was going on. How politics down here worked. Why it worked that way. When did it all start. I had to choose very carefully who I posed these questions to because I could and did get an earful on who was the best.

I know not every person is the same. There are still a lot of good, caring, people who are willing to debate intelligently. Who are willing to not become hot blooded should I push back and play the devil’s advocate. I like to hear all sides of the argument. Sometimes I do get ahead of myself and jump in when I really need to step back and listen. Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to just sit back and listen.

I am deeply saddened by the destruction of historical monuments here in the United States. This should not be happening. These historical monuments reflect the history of the United Sates. All the bad with the good. If we do not have reminders of our past and the mistakes that were made, how do Americans learn from that? How do they then own up to their mistakes, learn from them, and then try to work together to make a difference and make it better for our future? Imagine if all the concentration camps in Europe had been destroyed. It was actually the Jewish people who demanded that the camps remain as they are. It is a reminder of a horrible history that we, as humans, need to remember and make certain it never happens again.

But I have faith in the American people. I know that reason and logic will prevail. I should not let the unreasonable actions of a few, deter from the greater good. I fear this pandemic has put everyone on edge. But I hope that more people will try to work through the issues calmly and work towards a better and brighter future.

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