America: What Others See

Sometimes we should back off on our concerns and see what others think of us. Two “others” have written about America this week. I think we should take note.

The first is Nikola Kedhi writing on The Federalist. Most of the people we quote here are pretty well-known and we don’t elaborate, but here we should. According to his bio at The Federalist, he is:

Nikola hails from Albania and studied International Economics, Management, and Finance at Bocconi University in Milan. He obtained his Master’s in Finance from Carlos III University in Madrid. Currently, he works as an Associate at Deloitte in Albania, one of the Big 4 consultancy firms.

So no close ties to America other than perhaps, his job. Let’s see what he says.

America is much more than a country. It is much more than a land or a group of people that came together to form a nation. Ultimately, the United States is a symbol. It is the world’s fullest and greatest embodiment of capitalism, democracy, and freedom. It is the land of the free, the home of the brave, a source of hope, and a defender of justice.

Many may not understand the significance of America as an ideal. Some in the United States and Europe have lived comfortably for decades, never been invaded, never lost their land or property, nor their freedom to think or speak. As a result, they can’t value what they already have. It’s an unfortunate reality that you often have to lose something to fully understand its worth.

My country, Albania, is small today, but in the past, the ancestral lands of my people once spread throughout the Balkans. We had the first queen in Europe, gave the Vatican four popes, provided emperors who shaped history and survived through the strong men and women who died for their country, their traditions, and their families.

Nevertheless, neighboring countries with the help of larger empires and states in Europe slowly took our territories and forced into flight large parts of our population. More than 100 years ago, only one country stood up for us, fought for our territorial integrity, and helped us retain the borders we have today: the United States of America.

One doesn’t need to travel further back in time than a few generations to find Albania at the mercy of the red terror known as communism. […]

Despite 45 years of propaganda demonizing the United States, the Albanian people never forgot what President Reagan often referred to as the “shining city on a hill.” Indeed, no matter the torture and the brainwashing the regime tried, it could never remove the desire for freedom. The desire for freedom, meritocracy, and justice are deeply ingrained in the human soul. […]

Still, hope remains. I see it every day and not just in America. President Trump stands in front of the advance of the radical leftists in the United States and he inspires others to follow his example in Europe. He has vowed that America will never be a socialist country. The history of America is filled with inspiring stories of those who stood up, never gave up hope, and resolutely worked for a better future. A strong and prosperous United States means a safer and better world.

Read it all. Then there is this from The Spectator, by Robert Taylor who is based in London.

At a time of crisis, we need hope more than ever. We need positivity and optimism. We need the American Dream. What is the American Dream exactly? Being a Brit, I didn’t really know, though I had a foggy notion of a can-do, anyone-can-make-it, over-the-rainbow sort of spirit. So I looked it up on Wikipedia, and it turns out I wasn’t too far wrong. To summarize, the American Dream is a national ethos that fosters prosperity and success on the basis of social mobility and rewards for hard work and enterprise.

That sounds good and noble to me. But I’d suggest it should apply, especially now, not just to America, but far beyond its shores, to all those willing to embrace it. {…}

To repair the massive damage, to dust ourselves down, recover from the shock, and get back up on our feet, we need cooperation between leading states in terms of economic intervention and health resilience.

And who can lead this cooperation? Well, let’s think. The UN? No way — too many competing interests. China? Nope. There’s no trust, especially since this whole thing appears to have started in or near some filthy live- animal market in Wuhan, followed by weeks of obfuscation and denial.

The EU? Are you kidding? Once the coronavirus hit, the sham that is the European Union was rapidly laid bare to anyone who cared to look. […]

No. Just as in 1945, with the establishment of Bretton Woods as a basis for the global economy and international security, only the USA can lead us out of this crisis. The American Dream must become an international reality. […]

Dare I say that there are few nations that trust each other more, and have a stronger recent history of standing side by side, than the U.S. and UK? […]

For years, a range of academics, economists, and politicians across the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, recognizing their common language, history, cultural understanding, head of state, and deep- rooted, intertwined identities, have advocated closer cooperation between their respective nations in the CANZUK movement (it’s an acronym — get it?). While Britain has been pulling away from the EU, it has quietly been moving towards its English-speaking brethren.

The U.S. is the logical fifth, and most important, partner in this movement. Can these five countries work together now, not just for mutual benefit but to lead the world towards a new global order? Of course they can. […]

Maybe I’m an idealist, but I see a massive opportunity from this crisis for old friends, pulled apart by a decades-long narrative that encouraged crude, regional trading blocs while derisively snorting at the nation state and historic trading links, to come together once again.

Read this one too. I agree completely with both of them. When we say that if the US goes down, there is no place to run to, this is what we mean. It is true for us and it is true for all those who love freedom and liberty, not to mention a chance to get ahead in this life. We are the last ditch in defense of that city on the hill with its beacon burning bright. Others will follow, and help but we must lead. Because we are “The Keepers of the Flame”.

Whatever must be done, and I think many of us have some knowledge of that, must be done.

Some things are worth living for, and they are the things worth dying for

Those sunlit uplands that Churchill dreamed of still beckon, and the journey may be tough but it will be worth it.

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15 Responses to America: What Others See

  1. audremyers says:

    Oh, NEO! Did we ever need this! I’ve always loved my country; deeply love this place and these people. The last four years have shaken me; seen and heard things I thought had died ugly deaths years ago raising their frightening death masks and screaming for the end of all that is good and wholesome.

    The premise of your piece is exactly correct – view our country from the eyes of others who have not come but look to us for the ideal, the way things should be. My chest fills with pride and I thank God that I was born here.

    God blessed America. May God continue to bless America. God bless America.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Alys Williams says:

    Dear Audre, God BLESSED America. I have never been to the USA and most likely never will but I look towards it still, as a country of hope, created by men and women of courage.

    Liked by 2 people

    • NEO says:

      We don’t change much, Alys. we are what we are, and will remain, mainly, what you have always believed us to be, to the best of our ability, God willing.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Nicholas says:

    What I’d like to see more of at NEO are posts on your love of the land, the soil. Those almostmystical pieces about that special feeling you get some late afternoons when you stand outside and see thewodeskiesand far horizons and you think, thank God for the countryside.

    Liked by 3 people

    • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

      I’d like to see less of the soil, not more of it! Pfft. We’ve been rooting, weeding, and rowing back on our garden for ages and we still have to put some weedkiller down, in the right places, then look at turning the soil, adding more, seeding and planting. It’s tiring work but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Tina (my other half) has grand plans for our garden and, unfortunately for me, I’m her dogsbody for this job!

      Hopefully, though, by next Spring/Summer, with the plants in, the shrubs growing, some of the wilderness back and the various decorations (mirrors, water features, lights) in place, it’ll look like a small piece of heaven. Fingers crossed!

      Liked by 3 people

      • NEO says:

        One can hope Pontiac, but be advised that the one thing about a yard (garden) is that the work never ends. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

          Don’t I know it. There’s one silver lining though. At least it gives me a chance to get rid of my beer belly and man boobs! 🙂


      • the unit says:

        See Mike Rowe about dirty hands. Oh, and if you wear western jeans, dirty knees and also scuffs on your boot toes.
        This may help. I mean who’s gonna do it if not you and me 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Those are special, Nicholas, and I’d gladly write more of them, but they only come when the mood does, and lately, it hasn’t.

      Liked by 2 people

  4. the unit says:

    I’ve been sheltered and deprived of the truth for so long.
    Just saw an article and learned that I by owning my home (on my owned soil) am guilty of continued “settler colonialism” as well as systemic racism, That’s why the young antifa’s doing the burning of any property regardless of whomever/him, she, them, or it the illegitimate owner is. Thus the stupid burning down of local neighborhoods and businesses.
    Plus learned more, Always thought it was obvious what ammo was. Didn’t need an adjective like impact to describe it. Results proved the impact point.
    Of course have been hearing of rubber bullets lately, but first time today about bean bad munitions.

    Let’s play pin the tail on the donkey in November…in the heart. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. the unit says:

    Andre…prayers panned out. Covid test for daughter negative. (false result? who knows?)
    Today got to hug granddaughters. Tomorrow? Just another day. Will take the same fork in the road when I come to it. And hugs 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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