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            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.

            We are a nation of freedoms:  freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc…There are no proper words that can explain what these freedoms mean, and those who have lived without freedom can really appreciate what freedom means.  The Statue of Liberty which is the most tangible symbol of freedom says it all “Give me your tired, your poor.  Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.   The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless tempest-tost to me.  I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” 

            I feel sad when I hear anyone apologizing for America, and saying negative things about our Country.  Yes, we are not perfect and along the way have made mistakes, but I am proud of what we stand for, and hope we continue our path of ‘Liberty and Freedom for all.” those who want to become a true American.

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