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Re: OT Re: If the world could vote
> Yet in national politics we need to be loved....Very few countries
> in the rest of the world show concern to what the rest of the world
> thinks of their candidates. Just an observation...
I don't think it stems from the need to be admired, much less loved.
It's because US policy--in large part determined by its president--
has such an enormous impact on so many parts of the world. We've
squandered all the good will that much of the world had toward us
post 9-11. We've alienated so many allies. We've brought misery and
suffering to many parts of the world much more often than we've
brought hope and good will. I think (frankly) many of us here
(speaking for myself, certainly) are embarrassed, shocked, and
outraged and what's transpired these past 8 years. At least now we
have a face to present to the rest of the world that is conciliatory
instead of combative, level-headed instead of impulsive, (ahem...)
intelligent (!!) instead of anti-intellectual, and God knows, one
that is *not* jingoistic, even while still being patriotic. I'm so
relieved that we'll be showing the world a new face, not because I
want the rest of the world to give us a big hug, but because I think
we may be able to repair much of the damage that's been done and the
ill will that we've cultivated.