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picture6 Nov 2004 @ 16:59, by Paul Quintanilla

The following was forwarded to me and others by a fellow alumnus of Rhodes Preparatory School in New York. Since it so eloquently expresses how many Americans feel today, following our presidential election, I thought I would take the liberty to share it with the world.

Paul

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A Message from One American to the World

"On this dark day in the history of my country, I reach out to you, my
international brothers and sisters, with overwhelming shame and
sorrow and fear: shame for living in a country that would re-elect a
leader with such toxic disdain for the world community and its
people; sorrow for living in a country that has so gravely and
inalterably lost its way; and fear for whether you believe that a
citizen of such a country has anything of value to communicate to
the world.

"And so, on this dark day in the history of my country, I reach out to
you, my international brothers and sisters, and beg you to
understand that not all Americans are alike. I beg you to
remember that only a fraction more than half of all Americans
rejoice this day. I beg you to please understand that for me and
the 145 million Americans like me, this is a day of dread, of grief
and of mourning. I beg you to please believe me when I tell you
that I and the 145 million Americans like me do not believe the
world community--its colors, its cultures and its citizens--to be
irrelevant. I beg you to remember during the four years that are to
come that I, and the 145 million Americans like me, live first and
foremost as world citizens, with respect and admiration and
deference for all the people on this shared earth. I beg you to
understand that for me and the 145 million Americans like me,
loving my country does not mean believing that it--its safety, its
people, its priorities--are superior to yours. But most important of
all, I, and the 145 million Americans like me, beg your patience,
your strength and your support during these next four years . . . as
we await the day when we are once again free to live side by side
with you, my international brothers and sisters, in peace and
community and shared respect. "

Jennifer A. Parda
Seattle, Washington USA


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6 Nov 2004 @ 17:04 by shawa : *sigh*
Thank you. (A non-American).  


7 Nov 2004 @ 00:12 by Quinty @68.226.90.181 : Gratuitous shrieking

and insults. Please don't denigrate my alma mater. When the dizzy spell, Vaxen, passes please come back....  



7 Nov 2004 @ 00:19 by ov : Fight for Freedom??
{link:www.newciv.org/nl/newslog.php/_v335/__show_article/_a000335-000118.htm#comments|Freedom's Taboo} is my latest blog entry. Somewhere embedded in this implicitly is that quote by Henry Thoreau "That there are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one that is striking at the roots" So I went to find the source of this quote, wasn't sure about the Thoreau, at first I thought it was Paine, and googled {link:www.strike-the-root.com/|strike-the-root.com}  


7 Nov 2004 @ 16:53 by Quinty @68.226.90.181 : No Vaxen
the school wasn't named after Cecil Rhodes.

Please try to behave?  



8 Nov 2004 @ 14:03 by jazzolog : Thank You For Putting This Up, Paul
Interestingly Michael Moore seems to be leading an effort to apologize to the military personnel who have been sent into "harm's way." (Is that a Viet Nam era term?) I think it may be very well for citizens of this country to practice groveling. Empires always think they're invulnerable...and always end up face down in the dirt.  


30 Dec 2004 @ 04:49 by Jennifer Parda @24.18.250.44 : my message!
I stumbled upon your website and wanted to thank you for helping to share my message, our message, with the world!
Thank you.  



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