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Content for Blog to America is completely generated by the readers. This site brings together individuals from around the world to post their opinions on the United States in the form of letters and comments. Here, Americans post their responses to those letters by writing a letter addressed to the global community. Our site aims to encourage global communication and create an international dialogue between America and the world.

Letters from non-Americans are kept on the Main page.


Caitlin from New Jersey - Terrorism

Hi friends around the world,

I am an American, but am I proud? I have been debating this topic in my head in the past months especially leading up to today, 9/11. Have I come up with an answer? No, but many ideas. First of all, it is my dream to live, well, not in the United States. I would love to live all over the world , moving every few years, and finally after discovering as much as I can, settle down. But in the mean time, I am stuck here. As a young child, I was very proud to be American. Now I think that is because of the American "history" we were taught in grade school. To be honest, I feel like I've been lied to. As a high school student, last year I took an U.S history course, and realized what the real American history was about. I've always had this feeling as a kid that America was great and all, and really had good values and freedoms. When I learned about American imperialism and colonization, I was horrified and surprised. America was the nation that fought against all of that for freedom, and yet we did it to others. I can totally understand why people outside of the U.S would not like it. Even though they think we are possibly helping, by coming into your country, why is it America's business. Most of the time it is not. Why do you even want to be like us here? America is filled with shallow and completely stupid people. There are so many people who waste their lives away doing nothing with their lives and not trying to do anything to live nicely and many have all the resources available to them. There are so many people in countries around the world dying to live comfortable lives like we do here.
I am mostly liberal, coming from New Jersey. I probably have a biased view, but I really think that New Jersey, NYC, and parts of California (NOT L.A!) are the only intelligent parts of this country. Of course that is biased, but the majority of people in my school except for maybe a few are not Bush supporters. You go down to Florida or Virginia -and its difficult to convince people he is bad. It is sad and pathetic, that many people do not think for themselves, and many people from Texas love him to death, and believe everything he says and supports everything he does just because he is from their State. I almost wish we were not one united country, but a continent of fifty different ones. Each state or cluster of states has their own personalities, views and beliefs. If New Jersey were its own country, It would be pretty kick ass.

Now, as to 9/11. Seeing the smoke from my house, just killed me. I remember that day, being in the sixth grade, like it was yesterday, and sometimes it still feels like it was only last year. There is nothing worse than having a "i remember exactly what i was doing on the day of____ attacks" day. It could be Pearl Harbor, a president being assassinated, and now in the case of most Americans today, 9 11. And especially those close to where it hit. Like i said, seeing the smoke made it extremely real and petrifying. New Jersey-being the home of very important ports (in Elizabeth-about 10 minutes from me) could have very well been the next target, and when George Bush almost sold them... that would have been just ridiculous. Anyway, the memory of 9/11 will always be with me, and I will always remember that day-not knowing all day of what was happening except that the towers were no longer there-for a reason I did not know at the time. I was 11, the impact of it didn't hit me right away. When my mom picked me up, in tears, i knew something horrible had happened. We came home , and put the news on right away. every single channel. Watching over and over again, the planes hitting, the fires burning, and the people jumping out from the floors like the 80th floor, people jumping, people dying, the towers coming crashing down , the people in the streets screaming and running, and the debris flying and crashing down .wow. the impact of watching it on television was enough. i think i would have just stood there and froze if i was actually seeing it in real life. The footage was played over and over again, deathly. The panic. You just don't understand the impact of war, until it hits home, and this is one of the only times it has in recent history. I feel horrible and embarrassed and ashamed of the fact that America is inflicting this pain on Iraqis. I have read some journals and some of these letters from Iraq and their lives have been turned around. We think they are going from bad to good but for man!
y it has
gone from Fine to horrible. The people live in fear everyday that there will be panic explosion and death. We had to deal with it one day, they have to deal with it everyday.
So, I guess back to the original question, am I patriotic of the United States? I am patriotic of New York City-basically my second home, I am patriotic for the people who fought for their rights such as womens rights and gay and lesbian rights and any other rights fought for especially in the 60s. I am patriotic of the people who come to America or struggle in America and eventually live that so called "American Dream" -if they worked hard, persevered, and really really strived good for them and congratulations. But in no way am I patriotic of the principals we convince people and claim we stand for-They are Great, but if we don't actually follow them, then I am not proud. I am in no way patriotic of the scummy white trash citizens who do Shit, while people are risking their lives from Mexico to come here just to live their lives-maybe in the worst conditions and maybe illegally, but they have more justification and integrity and character and soul than many people living here. let them come here, let them have a chance, send all those scumbags wasting away to mexico in their place. and in no absolute way am i patriotic of president Bush. I am ashamed that I live here sometimes. I am not ashamed of the life I live or what I believe in or what I THOUGHT america was or what it is supposed to stand for. but for what it has become.
I hope to hear some feedback.
Thanks,
Caitlyn


Name: Caitlyn
Age: 17
Country: United States
City: Cranford
State: New Jersey
Gender: Female
Income: Low
Occupation: student
ExperienceWIthUS: Currently Live in the United States
Website: http://caitywrites.livejournal.com/

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Riley from Missouri - US role in The World & Iraq Response

Dear Global Community,

The future of the United Sates should include efforts to more Cooperatively interact with the UN. With the UN's approval of action against circumstances of hostile, aggressive behavior of other countries, it will be easier to change the world for the better and protect the assaulted People/ nations. The goal of the United States international Interactions needs to be: 1) To make a better life for its own people needing help, and 2) To keep, create, and offer peace. The first step to help out humanity, without using force (a way for the U.S. to gain the worlds Trust again), is to, with the UN's support oversee and provide Assistance in the homelands of those who show up at our borders, because of disease, poverty, and hunger. The United States will have more success in the actions we take, if we work through international organizations. Hopefully, by strengthening the UN, unstable/ semi-unpredictable Countries like China and Russia, can be controlled, and even steered towards favoring the United States' and The UN's wisdom. We, the people of this earth, are stronger united than apart. We each have something to Offer each other. We believe the same is true for countries. If we take these cooperative actions, the world will respect all that the UN has to offer, and will become a more peaceful, cooperative place.

We could be begin by withdrawing our troops, not all at once because we have created a level of dependence, and that could easily cause a collapse and then, more unrest. Starting, post-haste, span it out over several months, and take back in our troops a few thousand at a time. We have no idea what the effect will or could be, but no one will probably worse off, and hopefully, it will slowly inspire independence. If we give them time, to sort themselves out, even if it has to come to a civil war, let them create their balance. We could, grouped with other powers under some UN sanctified task force, return later and offer monetary assistance or help them stabilize themselves in the world economy. We should continue using oil from the middle east, it forces a certain amount of trust and would keep some sort of communication open between us, and that is a good thing, we all need good foreign relations because no nation can live in isolation. We could offer work programs to economic migrants and then send them back with a good, or more advanced education, so as to help better their own communities. Now though, we need to back off, give them their space, and quit lording over them. We may be a world power, but we shouldn't be arrogant. Yeah.

Jessie Theby, Riley Deel


About the Author

Name: Riley
Age: 17
Country: USA
City: St. Louis
State: MO
Gender: Female
Occupation: Student

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Shannon from Missouri - US Role in America

Dear Global Community,

The United States needs to back off. Right now we are pressure people too much, and we are not making them happy. We are making some enemies, which is not good. We need to calm down and give other nations a chance instead of stepping in right away and interfering. Some nations might need a push in the right direction, but we don't have to force it so much. We need to stop focusing on the on everyone else, and start focusing on the citizens of our own nation. I understand that we can't pull out of things too fast, like Iraq, because that can cause trouble. We should just slowly start pulling out, especially if it's somewhere where we are not welcome. If we do not have the support from other people of what we are doing we should get the idea that maybe it's not the best thing. We should listen to other nations, instead of ignoring them. If we were to pull out of Iraq it may cause trouble, but maybe trouble is needed. Iraq should work out their own problems. If civil war were to break out, then maybe it is necessary. If a war broke out and got too bad, we could always come back, but I think we need to give them a chance and see what happens if we were not there. It would be nice if we could set up a working government in Iraq before we leave, but the reality is, that could take way too long.


About the Author

Name: Shannon
Age: 17
State: Missouri
Gender: Female

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Nick from MIssouri - US Role in the World

Dear Global Community,

Why do we believe that the US has to police the entire world. I understand that with great power comes responsibility, but at the cost of our own citizens. Our unrelenting vigor when it is completely obvious we lost can only be two things, bravery or stupidness. Iraq is a prime example of this view, our forces have been there for four, almost five years and still little or no progress. We should focus our main support on actual issues that we did not instigate such as Darfur or our own homeland, where our border policy is a joke. I believe we should focus more on our own problems first rather than another country. Bush recently spoke comparing Vietnam to Iraq and in he speech he mentions that Vietnam forces their ideology on other people...I'm sorry but what do you believe we are doing in Iraq trying to get a dictatorship to turn into a democracy for our own benefit. General Patreus's report is coming in September and I believe we should heed what his report brings.


About the Author

Name: Nick
Age: 16
Country: United States
City: St Louis
State: Missouri
Gender: Male

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Stuart from Missouri - CAP and Pacification In Iraq

Dear Global Community,

I believe that the US role in the world should be focused more on international cooperation. The best way to do this, in my mind, would be a more powerful international court and organizations like the UN. This way many countries could take on global problems, such as global warming and other ecological crises, and terrorism. Foreign aid to less developed countries, especially many African countries, from the international organizations could increase trust, and that may be invaluable for future peacekeeping or aide attempts.

In Iraq the US should start to withdraw troops, but not rapidly. Perhaps bringing down the level of troops to around only a few thousand, just enough to train the Iraqi forces. But along with these 'advisers,' units of what today's equal of what was Vietnam's Combined Action Platoons (CAP) to attempt a 'pacification' campaign. From what I have read on CAP they were very successful in winning the hearts and minds of many villages in Vietnam, not working on big unit tactics like Westmoreland tried, but small unit tactics. What is crucial in fighting an insurgency is winning the hearts and minds of the population, and if the CAP could work in Iraq, then these kinds of units should be employed.


About the Author

Name: Stuart
Age: 17
Country: US
City: St. Louis
State: Missouri
Gender: Male
Income: Low

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Evan and Josh from Missouri - Bush Comparing Iraq to Vietnam

Dear Global Community,

On August 23, 07 President George W. Bush made a comment to the veterans people that was in the war of Vietnam. I just want to say how stupid Bush is for making a comparison to the war of Vietnam. First of all, I just want for everybody to know that back in the Vietnam war, the communist country of Vietnam people have won the war. American's and other people think that we lost or it's a draw. But, I want our troops to pull out of Iraq, but if President Bush does that, it will be more stupid because it will be like we haven't accomplish anything, then in the future we will be like the Iraqis won the war just like Vietnam.


About the Author

Name: Evan and Josh
Age: 17
Country: U.S
City: St. Louis
State: Missouri
Gender: Male
Income: Medium

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Jonathan from Missouri - US Role in the World

Dear Global Community,

I believe that the US should focus its resources towards leading the world to a greater state of cooperation. This kind of cooperation could earn the US more respect with the nations that may have reservations about our actions in the past. If all of the powerful nations were to work together to form a international decision making body, much like the UN, weaker nations that might be in poverty, etc. could be raised up by the help of stronger nations. The combined efforts of multiple nations would also do a much better job of assailing the international problems that threaten the US and other nations alike.

If the US were to allow itself to cooperate with other nations, we would be able to be slightly more reserved about issues such as our involvement in Iraq. This decrease in control would decrease anger towards US involvement in Iraq, as well as allowing the US to focus more of its resources on national security issues. Overall, if the US were to push for cooperation in the world, we would ultimately be able to improve our national needs, as well as gain the trust and aid of other nations to help against the international problems of the future.

Concerning the war situation in Iraq, I believe we should focus on being less of an influence. We can work on this by pulling somewhat, and trying to give them some freedom to work out their situation. If we are monitoring and controlling them constantly, they aren't going to develop a solution. We also continue to develop disdain from other countries while we weaken our own resources and economic situation.


About the Author

Name: Jonathan Hodnefield
Age: 16
Country: United States
City: Saint Louis
State: Missouri
Gender: Male

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Kirthi from Missouri - America's Role in the World

Dear Global Community,

While the United States tries to promote democracy in the rest of the world, our own country is lacking care. The United States has many flaws, but instead we are trying to make the world "flawless" by our standards. Democracy is a concept the United States is trying to promote hoping the reduction of terrorism and other problems. If the United States pulls back and supports our own country's research developments in fields such as alternative fuels, cancer, and other areas can be made. Also strides in our nations economy to help factors such as construction, agriculture, and education, things that make America who we are. When one says protection in the homeland that doesn't mean line up the military and conform every country that has ever hurt us. Protect means to keep the image that we once had, the country that broke away from cruel treatment and succeeded on our own. The United States needs to know the high pedestal we claim to be on does not give us the power to change every country to be just like us. The country that claims diversity is the key is being a hypocrite by trying to stick their noses in every problem that arises.

I feel Iraq is the same problem, but since we are already in Iraq i feel we should pull our troops our little by little. If we pull all our troops out at once then this will cause a problem. Since we have been in Iraq if we leave all of a sudden then Iraq will go back to fighting. So if we pull out a few troops at a time then we can have troops helping the Iraqi people while troops return.


About the Author:

Name: Kirthi Tata
Age: 16
Country: United States
City: Saint Louis
State: Missouri
Gender: Female
Occupation: Student

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Adam from Michigan on Freedom and Inaction

Dear Global Community,

There currently exists an enormous divide within our great nation between people who wish to change our country for the better and people who don't. Those brave and vigilant enough to speak up about it are being criticized by those who refuse to. I have heard many responses to the constructive criticism of our country, and beyond pointless name-calling, it often involves the assertion that those questioning our government are 'anti-American' and should leave the country if they do not like it. There is nothing wrong with voicing such an opinion, and in fact, the freedom to express it is one of the basic rights that we still have left that continue to make our country great.

But in order to continue the absolutely critical and always necessary discussion and evaluation of our leadership, we must be honest with ourselves. We must step back and look, with neutral objectivity, upon our words and evaluate what they truly mean. To hold such an opinion, that questioning our government is invalid and unnecessary, is to demonstrate not only a complete lack of understanding, but also a contempt for those most basic ideas upon which our nation was founded. This opinion itself is, in fact, not only un-American, but self-destructive.

Our nation was founded by great men with great intelligence that questioned and criticized their government. It is not only the foundation of America's entire way of life, but the foundation of all democracy. America has long led the world by example, but in much of the last few decades, it has set a very poor one. In doing so, it has undermined our basic principles, destroyed the faith in and of our country both within and without, and discredited the very principles of democracy that so embody the American spirit.

We impose our will upon other nations under the guise of freedom, a concept so backwards that it is utterly impossible. Freedom cannot be given. If it is given to a country or a people, then it is done so under the implicit assumption that there is something to be given back in turn, which therefore nullifies the freedom given in the first place. Freedom must be taken, it must be fought for and won, and it must never be given up because it will never be given back again. America has given up it's freedom for the illusion of security.

I get it. America is afraid, and so am I. I am afraid of our government, and the actions it might take against people like me who stand up and question the things they are doing. I'm afraid to write these words, and pass them onto my fellow Americans. I'm afraid of their reactions, that they won't listen, or won't take any action. I'm afraid to post this video to Youtube. I'm afraid that our current situation is hopeless. And yet, here I am, doing what I have to in spite of my fears because I know' not think, KNOW' what I'm doing is right.

The media has betrayed us by assisting those in power in their quest to deconstruct our language. This deconstruction is very important, because it allows tyranny to enter, invited, into our homes under the false impression of good intentions. Once powerful and critically meaningful words like 'freedom,' 'patriot,' and 'terrorism' have been turned into media buzz words. We have seen this type of manipulation before, during other times in other countries, and if we fail to acknowledge and understand history, then we are doomed to repeat it.

It works as follows: first, these powerful words are chosen, because of their significance to the people, by those who wish to extend their reach. These words are then abused, misused, and overused so extremely to the point where they become meaningless. The media is often used, and has been, to enable the nullification of their meanings. Once their true meanings have been completely forgotten, the government is then free to redefine these words however they choose, and to distribute those definitions to an unassuming and unaware population. 'Freedom' becomes the will of the government. 'Terrorist' becomes anyone who speaks out against their government. 'Patriot' becomes an obedient servant to the empire. 'Citizen' becomes subject. 'President' becomes dictator.

Our schools have betrayed us because they have failed to teach us to think critically. They've failed to adequately explain history and stress its importance. They've failed to adequately instill in us the meaning and value of the ideas our country was founded upon, and the great sacrifice that was necessary to do so. Education is no longer a service, it is a business. America gets dumber as the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the powerful become more powerful.

The world has watched this happening and has heard the deafening silence of the American people, who either no longer care about or no longer pay attention to the reality around them. Complacency, inaction, and hopelessness are the enemies of free people, and America is ripe with them.

The objective of our form of government is to empower the people. The Framers constructed our government specifically around the basis that we govern ourselves. It is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, and therefore, it is we the people who are ultimately responsible for the actions of our government. Questioning and changing our government for the better is not only our right as Americans, but our undeniable and inescapable duty as members of a self-governing body.


About the author:

Name: Adam
Age: 25
Country: United States
State: Michigan
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Authorized Inspector
Website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQAl8jsvyCU

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David from Missouri - No Amnesty

Dear Global Community,

I recently received an e-mail inviting me to write a letter addressed to the United States telling the world how I feel about any and all topics relating to the United States which would be posted at a site called Blog to America. I took a little time checking out the site and found it very interesting. So, here we go.

I’ve had my own blog site, A Republic, if you can keep it since February of 2005. I’ve posted many messages there about our broken immigration policy and our wide open borders. I’ve written a countless number of letters to my elected officials urging them to get to work on the problem. I’ve let them know that I will remember them the next time I see their name on a ballot if they don’t do what most United States citizens feel is the right thing to do.

The best thing they can come up with is an amnesty deal for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens that are in the country now and a guest worker program for the ones that want to come in and work for low wages until their visa expires. They will go home, apply for another visa and return again. Big business will love it. They will be able to keep their labor cost down without the expense of moving the factory over seas. This will make it difficult for United States citizens to find jobs that pay a livable wage.

Our elected officials and the main stream media tell us it would be next to impossible to round up all of the illegal aliens that are in the country and send them home. I don’t feel a massive round up is needed. Let ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) continue their raids on factories. Increase the fine for hiring illegal aliens to about $10,000 per illegal alien. Soon they won’t be able to find work. Fine landlords and realtors that provide them with housing, not having a roof over their head should be reason enough to leave the country on their own. Some of them will be pulled over for traffic violations or be involved in domestic disputes. Get rid of the catch and release policy that is now in place and replace it with a catch and deport policy.

Today I heard that one of my United States Senators, Kit Bond is planning on supporting the latest amnesty bill. All I can say is, Kit I hope you have another job lined out because I will do all I can do to stop you from being re-elected.

If I sound like a bigot or racist I’m sorry you feel that way. I don’t feel that I am. I’m not opposed to immigration. I’m opposed to someone breaking our law by entering the country illegally. If your thinking of immigrating to the United States I just want you to jump through all of the required hoops to become a citizen. Then I will welcome you as a citizen and a friend. After all this country is mostly made of immigrants. Each of them had something special to offer, that’s what makes this country great.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


About the Author:

Name: David Schantz
Age: 56
Country: United States
City: Saint Joseph
State: Missouri
Gender: Male
Income: Medium
Occupation: Pollution Control Plant Operator
Experience With US: Currently Live in the United States
Website: http://arepublic.blogspot.com/

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