July 2007 Editorial Winner

Proud to be an American
By Jeff Mullin, Enid News & Eagle

A lot of people in the world don't like America.
That's what they tell pollsters from the Pew Research Center, at least.
America's approval rating dropped from 75 percent in Great Britain in 2002 to 51 percent in 2007, according to the survey.
In Germany the drop was from 60 percent five years ago, to 30 percent now, while the drop in Mexico was from 64 to 56 percent.
And, of course, in the Muslim world, we just aren't well-liked at all.
Many people in other countries think the U.S. doesn't consider their interests when it formulates foreign policy, they worry our customs are hurting their countries and they think the U.S. contributes to the gap between rich and poor nations.
The survey was even conducted in this country, and 18 percent of Americans polled say they have an unfavorable view of our nation.
Throughout much of the world, however, American culture and technology are widely admired, and many people believe they can have a better life by moving to the U.S.
That's the trouble with being the richest, most powerful and freest nation on earth - you are a target of emotions ranging from hatred to unabashed admiration.
Nobody said the rest of the world has to like us, but they had darn sure better respect us.
America is the country the world turns to in times of trouble, and we respond.
Americans are the most generous people on the planet, according to the Giving USA Foundation. In 2006, Americans gave more than $295 billion, or 1.7 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. The next closest nation, Great Britain, gave 0.73 percent of its GDP.
The war in Iraq is unpopular both at home and abroad, but our elected leaders have deigned it necessary for us to be there, so our fighting men and women will stay and do their jobs until ordered home.
The Pew poll finds many nations with favorable views of the U.S., including Venezuela, whose leader, Hugo Chavez, is an avowed Communist and friends with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
We have a 56 percent approval rating in that country.
Americans can't agree on much of anything, from politics to sports to entertainment, so why should we expect the rest of the world to always agree with us or about us?
Of course we are free to disagree, with each other and our government. But one wonders if the people in some of the nations that don't like us are free to disagree with their own governments?
We will celebrate our 231st birthday today, with picnics, parades and pyrotechnics.
Among some nations we are a mere adolescent, still experiencing the pains of growth and development.
We also are the beacon of hope in nations struggling through the darkness of tyrrany, the symbol of freedom, justice and equality in a world where those qualities often are in short supply, the benchmark of courage and selflessness in countries racked by hatred and despair.
We are America, like us or not, and we are proud and free. We pray someday all nations could say the same.

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1. Arzu wrote:
To have a chance for true chgnae, we must take lesson from our past Our history proves we have a foundation of rebellious nature among other questionable behaviors. Let's not argue that but accept it! Now we have a rebellious president who refuses to do things based on the same old policies, procedures and political traditions. I have read the opinions and blogs of others on various website, I see a people afraid of the unknown Without rebellious people like OBAMA true leaders do not exists! If there were not rebellious people standing up for civil rights of woman and minorities than we would still be living in a world as backwards as some third world countries. Without people who are not afraid to admit that the old policies, procedures and practices of this nation are failing the people than progress will not be made. To break free from a failing system something completely new and different must take place and many will not understand the new at first.Obama's leadership style is democratic meaning internal drives and impulses that are centered on human relations and teamwork. He fosters communication that is open and usually two-way creates a spirit of collaboration and joint effort that result in staff satisfaction. I agree he does have some traits of permissive (laissez-faire) style, internal drives and impulses that tend to have some established policies; but abstains from complete leadership. What that tells me about President Obama is that he has enough humility and compassion for others to admit that being the President of the United States is not a ONE MAN JOB! Unless it is Jesus Christ himself than there is not a MAN capable, trustworthy or intelligent enough to handle that load! He is a leader who teaches us to work together. As humans we are all imperfect and until we all fully grasps that concept than many President Bush’s (prideful and self centered) will destroy this country. I wish people would stop judging and being so critical instead ask how they can help. We have a leader who does not mind gathering intelligent minds together so working towards the best possible solution can be achievable. Based on history the democrats do not have all the answers and nor do the Republicans, but given the opportunity to come together no one can come against us! Finally, remember another piece of American history: United we stand divided we fall. We use to be the leading nation in many aspects but now each side, each party and the American people have become so prideful and selfish that we are destroying the fabric that made us great. Yet, one day we will die but our children learning from our mistakes we continue in those mistakes only to destroy what little we have left behind. We cannot continue in the old way the new way must come even if it is uncomfortable at first.Jesus was a rebel in his day too, breaking the traditions of religious leaders and political powers of that time.

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