Some of you know that Mr. Z contributed greatly to GeeeZ….I pulled this article out of his computer files and wanted to publish it here today and you’ll see why. For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Z passed away almost six years ago. I hope you find this article interesting…(it was written in February, 2009)…
Where is my America?
America left me. I didn’t leave America. That weird concept doesn’t seem so weird anymore.
When I first came to visit the United States in the early 1970’s, it was the most desirable place to visit, and probably to live, in the world. At least that is how it was perceived to a young German who knew that basically the U.S. had saved us from further humiliation and damage after the disastrous WW II – the Americans were always perceived by us as the “good guys”, particularly after the air bridge to Berlin during the Soviet blockade of Berlin.
We were always enthusiastic at that time when we had to visit the U.S.. I was lucky enough to be able not only to spend a substantial amount of time in the U.S. on business but I also got to make a 10,000 mile car tour through a good portion of the country. Needless to say, I had the U.S. on a kind of imaginary pedestal as a country of limitless opportunity and freedom. And, the universities were the envy and desire of most Germans, and the world, for that matter.
When I moved here in the early 80’s, I still held the same beliefs. However, several ideals became a little frayed around the edges. I had founded and grown a company in LA, and started to realize that business affairs were moving in this country in a way which I only knew from third world countries: If you want to achieve something at government level, it appeared to work only once you committed secret side-funds to private people involved in the deal, either in advance and/or as a result of a contract. The requirements were regionally different, the worst were in …… Chicago.
Having lived here for a while now, having become quite interested in politics, and having a spouse who has dedicated much of her time to a political blog, my assessment today, particularly after the ridiculous vote by both houses for the spending package, is as follows: I’d like to write more, but in summary…..
- I love the country and the people (at least a lot of them). The people are very generous, as we Germans experienced after WW II. I love the spirit and the patriotism of the American people
- The (business) opportunities in this country still exist, and the people are more accepting of entrepreneurs.
- The education system used to have a good reputation. In the meantime, that has been ruined by left wing influence, resulting in the increasing need for private schools and homeschooling. In the meantime, the curriculum appears to be more concerned about absurd subject matters than about serious subjects. I am not saying that one can’t get a serious education, but it seems to be marred by matters which are completely irrelevant and don’t promise any future jobs.
- The judicial system is an entire scam with a built-in earnings guarantee for the trial lawyers, and knowing that congress consists mainly of lawyers and has a Democrat majority in both houses (the trial lawyers being the major donor of campaign contributions) brings the possibilities for change down to zero.
- The election system is built on institutionalized bribery – there is no other explanation for that. It is so obvious that contributions are being made with pay-back in mind, it is even not hidden anymore, even the MSM are talking about it, without however, asking for change.
- The election of the first Black President to head the U.S. government has made many people in this country blind to the most important aspect of it: The majority elected a brilliantly demagogic communist as their President, who does not deceive his followers: He is doing, one step after another, exactly what we had predicted that he would do, only at a faster pace than we predicted, including state control of every aspect of life and companies, restriction on free speech, support of illegal immigrants, a government-held economy, and every other aspect of communism. And that despite the fact that socialism has never worked, anywhere.
The signs are not very good: The new President got only elected because of his race, is the most inexperienced and amateurish President the U.S. has ever had, and he has the country on a track which goes toward socialism/communism way beyond what any Western European country ever got into (some have been turning the rudder around in the meantime in the direction of conservatism).
I don’t recognize this country anymore. And then, if you consider that California with its particular politics is businesswise probably the most disadvantageous state in the country, I start increasingly to think about what is holding us here. If it wasn’t for my wife’s wonderful family and the nice landscape around us, we would have left a long time ago.
Agree or disagree, I thought you’d find it interesting to hear a foreigner’s view of how this country’s changed….from someone who really loved it so much. I can only imagine how he’d feel today, six awful Obama-packed years later………..