Some Things To Be Proud Of

@sigma77 (5385)
United States
November 15, 2007 9:18am CST
I ran across this in an email and it gave me reason to pause and be grateful. STUPID QUESTIONS, GREAT ANSWERS When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush. He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return." It became very quiet in the room. ************************************************************ Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?" A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?" Once again, dead silence. ************************************************************* A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?' Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German. You could have heard a pin drop
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Very informative, sigma-and something that should make every American proud to be Americans. Nobody could question the speed with which America responds to an emergency situation in any nation. There is no doubt that we have been there to answer the call for people all over the world whenever the need has arisen.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Yes. Who you gonna call? Thanks.
@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
16 Nov 07
Bush wasn't as fast when it came time to help the American Negros in New Orleans was he?
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Excuse me, Barehugs! These United States are a collective of individual states who are pre-disposed to protect the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of their respective policital constituents per district. By means of our U.S. Constitution, the Federal government is dis-allowed to interfere with the mandates of the individual states.
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• United States
17 Nov 07
I have to agree by reading this e-mail I too have to stop and think - very good topic
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
17 Nov 07
I am glad you stopped by.
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
16 Nov 07
It's a shame that more of these things don't get into the maine stream media. All we hear is negetave reports from them. The news media has it's own agenda and will not report on the good that we do. The Archbishop of Canterbury has forgotten how we came to Englands rescue during WWII ans will those in Indonesia and France. We don't force the rest of the world to speak english. We live in a great country but we do have our problems when trying to accomadate all our citizans. But then That is what we do.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
16 Nov 07
You are so right about the empasis on the negative. Everyone has problems and most can be solved with hard work. Thanks
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@pismeof (855)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Sigma,It's nice of you to reprint these terrific little snippets.Maybe a few of the people that love to denegrate this great country of ours will take a pause and reflect on your comments. I have to laugh everytime I hear of the United States losing respect from around the globe;I'll bet any of the naysayers would gladly come to live here if given the opportunity. Who is the first country called upon when another is in trouble? Occasional mistakes or not ,we should be proud of this nation.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I agree they are truly great bits of truth. I wish Colin Powell were running for president. He would get my vote for sure. Cheers.
@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Thank you, my friend! Not only are (some of) these amusing, they are heartfelt, and true. Regardless of how busy we can become, it is always refreshing to take a moment to appreciate our tremendous success as a nation. I don't see these types of accolades for the USA often enough. All three anecdotes are remarkable. And, the touch of humor is comforting -- as it's often discomforting to brag. I'm particularly touched by Colin Powell's answer! Many would do well to remember how true those words are! Thanks for sharing, Sigma. I very much appreciated this post!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I am glad you liked it. I found it to be earth-shattering in a way. I am tired of hearing about the US going downhill and all. We may not be perfect, but who else can say as much as what these snippets say?
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@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
wooo hoo! i enjoyed that! good read. yeah, i am really for one who gives tart answers for stupid questions. sometimes, i don't want to be mean, but the other person iss yeah, just plain, yuou know...hehehe thanks for sharing. God bless you! ps..by the way, these seem to favor bush. nice ones for a change, because i often receive bush hate stuff.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Thanks for responding. I think more than the references to Bush, we did the right things and for the most part continue to do them. Perhaps, most would disagree. Still that does not change the facts.
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• United States
5 Dec 07
I have to admit that I'm humbled after having read your post. The United States has accomplished a great many things in this world. I get a little scared sometimes when I think about the state of things these days. We're changing in a lot of ways that I don't think are good at all. When did Spanish become the second American language? At one point in time, emigrants to this country had to go through a seriously long process to become American citizens, rather than just popping out a kid on American soil. There were tests that had to be taken and a language that had to be learned and even a history to be appreciated. Now, WE have to allow for spanish, going so far as to that being the first option you get on telephone menus. It makes me sick. I have to wonder if we'll have any more of those great moments?
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
5 Dec 07
The Spanish thing can be a bit overboard since it is now an option in so many areas. You are right about Spanish becoming the first option verses English. Good of you to point that out.
• China
16 Nov 07
I am afraid that people in other countries have different opinions. We can not deny that Americans are ardour and generous people, but politic is still politics.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
16 Nov 07
I could care less what others from other countries care about America. I think well of all people on this planet, no matter where they are from. Please explain what you mean by politic is politics. I will agree that America does not always do the best thing in regards to other countries. We make many mistakes and overstep our bounds at times. The best of everything to you.
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