Archive for June, 2010

06.29.10

Patriatism

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Brazilian Flag

            In my book “Divine Betrayal,” at the end of Chapter Sixteen, I talk about nationalism, and how I felt as a child about Brazil, and I still have these same strong feelings today.  When I see the Brazilian flag my heart skips a beat.  When I hear the Brazilian National Anthem, I have to stand and place my hand over my heart. It is a demonstration of my deep love and respect for Brazil. Something that was ingrained in me as a child

            How does this differ from my feelings about being an American? We are about to experience the celebration of Independence Day, the 4th of July, and each year when this date comes along, I ask myself this question.  How do I feel about being an American?

            First I have always been proud to be an American.  Even in my early years, growing up in Brazil, there was a special sense to pride to be from this important nation, and I was “special,” because I could say I was an “American.”  But how do I feel today?  My answer, “with each day I am more in-love with this Country, its history, and I am extremely proud to be an American.”  I cringe whenever I hear a blatant criticism of this country.  We have been a leader to the world, and just look back and imagine what this world would be if the U.S. had not intervened in WWI and WWII.  Especially WWII! I believe that England would not have survived the Nazi invasion, and would have fallen like France.  China and the Pacific Rim would be slaves to Japanese fascism. We gave our energy and lives for the freedom of Europe and the Pacific. Then the Marshal Plan helped Europe quickly recover from the devastation of the war.  The Soviet Union might have eventually overtaken Hitler, but even so, imagine how different things would be today if we had not entered WWII.  Europe would be under the Nazi rule, or Soviet rule, and quite different today.  And I must add our nation would also be changed.  And imagine if Japan had won the Pacific war.  The occupation of the U.S. by Japan was their dream, and whether you believe it was right or wrong to use the atomic bomb, it probably saved the lives of tens of thousands of Americans and millions of Japanese.

            Our Nation has also been open to accept immigrants from around the world, who come with the intention of becoming part of this country and contributing to its progress..  There is a lot of confusion today, in the unlawful immigration across our borders by many, who have no intention of becoming Americans.  They come here to work and send money back to their families, in Mexico, Brazil or other countries, or they are in the illegal drug trade and they are filling our prisons to overflowing. These immigrants are very different from those coming through our borders looking to become Americans, and being part of the American dream, to learn English, pay their taxes and become American citizens.  The legal immigrants are still welcome in America and always will be welcome.  This is what makes America strong, and makes me very proud to be an American.

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06.04.10

Eight Ways to Destroy America

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            I just read an article that “rocked my world.”  I felt a deep sadness and fear.  I must share some of it with you. 

            Having been raised in Brazil, with a different language, and different culture, I strongly value my American heritage.  I love Brazil, and I write about my life in Brazil up to eighteen years of age, in my book, Divine Betrayal, and am glad for the opportunity to have been raised there, attending their school and particpating in their culture.   Yet, I appreciate and love America and value everything it stands for. In the last few years I’ve been very disturbed by the rise of multi-cultures in America. When I get a choice of which language I wish to use, Spanish or English, and in some places you can almost “name your language.”  I am disturbed.  In Nevada, where I live, the voting forms are in Spanish and English.  How can I feel confident that the persons deciding the leadership of our state and country are qualified to choose, when they do not speak English, which is the cornerstone of our culture?   I believe that language is the cement that holds us together.  

            In a speech given in Washington, DC, to some of America’ finest minds and leaders, the former Governor of Colorado gave a very strong, provocative speech which touched me to the core.  It is very long and I will only give you an outline with the main points.  I feel this speech should be heard by every American.

             It starts out with the statement: ”An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.”  Here is how to destroy America.

  1. “Turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural county.”
  2. “Invent ‘multiculturalism’ and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. For instance, I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal, and that Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.”
  3. “Celebrate diversity rather than unity.  Benjamin Schwartz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: ‘The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony.  Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.”
  4. “I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated.”
  5. “Get big foundations and businesses to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and would establish the cult of ‘Victimology.’”
  6. “I would include dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties.  I would celebrate diversity over unity.  I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other – that is, when they are not killing each other”.
  7. “I would place certain subjects off limits – make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of ‘diversity.’  I would find words similar to ‘heretic’ in the 16th century – that stopped and paralyzed thinking.  Words like ‘racist’ or ‘ xenophobe’ halt discussion and debate.” 
  8. “After a profound silence he added: “I would censor Victor Davis Hanson’s book ‘Mexifornia.’  His book is dangerous.  It exposes the plan to destroy America.”  (more…)

06.04.10

Brazilian Children

Posted in Excerpts at 09:03 am by admin

            Brazilians love children.  Children are revered and hold an important status in the family.  I have never seen a baby sitter in Brazil.  Wealthy Brazilians will have a nanny to help with the children, but the families are always together on all occasions.  Even when an adult has a birthday celebration, it is assumed that everyone comes, including all children.  

Other differences in Brazil and America is when boarding an airplane, families with children get on first.  Here, Southwest Airlines had this practice, but now they changed it to allow children to board after group A.   In a restaurant the waiters will come to the children first to take their orders and after they are taken care of, the adults can place their order.  My three daughters always loved our trips to Brazil and they were very aware of these differences and wished it were the same at home.

It is not unusual to see teen agers, both boys and girls, paying attention to younger children, such as taking time to talk to them and playing with them for long periods of time, not because it was a duty, but it is their pleasure.  I’m always struck by these differences in our cultures.

            I’m sure this extra love and attention paid to children, makes them feel wanted and important.  Therefore you might think that Brazilian children would have very positive self images.  In most cases I feel they do. However, as they become teen agers, self consciousness, comparing themselves to others who they believe are better looking, or have better personalities, may create self-doubt.  But overall I think of the Brazilian teens as being self assured and with an overdose of self confidence and positive self images.


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