Embarrassing to be an American

You guys who live in the states need to be aware that it is not easy to explain to people in or from other countries why America does stupid things like elect Donald Trump President. Today (day after the election) I have had questions like “What’s wrong with your country?” or “¿Por qué Trump? Está loco.” (Why Trump? He is crazy.) or “I hope you did not vote for Trump!” “What will happen to your country?”

One Tico friend sent me a cartoon drawing with the quote “We survived Bush and we will survive Trump too.” I do hope you guys in the states do survive Trump, and that you are prepared with some answers when you travel to other countries, especially Hispanic or Muslim countries. I will resist the temptation to rage about your right-wing politics & religion, but I am so glad I no longer live there! Blessings on you who do! “And this too shall pass!”

I Voted Today!

Yep! I voted “Absentee” today and tomorrow will put this envelope in the mail.
It will arrive in Nashville in a week to 10 days and be counted in November.
Overseas citizens vote in the last voting district they lived in before moving.
Meaning I will probably vote the rest of my life in Hermitage, Tennessee!
I am shocked by the number of so-called “U.S. Citizens” who do not vote,
both here in Costa Rica and those still living in the states. Shameful!
I consider it a duty, a moral obligation, a responsibility of a citizen!

Voting is a civic sacrament. 
~Theodore Hesburgh
“Half the American people never read a newspaper. 
Half never vote for President – the same half?”
~ Gore Vidal in “Screening History,” published 1992. 
”It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government
 except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” 
~ Winston Churchill, on the floor of Parliament in November 1947.