It’s been a few days now after the national election – and we have a new President. Mixed emotions are all over the news – from joy to shock and anything in between and beyond. That’s the beauty of a democratic society – we all agree to disagree in our choices but in the end the guy we elected will run the show and we either love or despise him or her for the next four years. Then it’s time to pick another one hoping our candidates will be elected.
When I first arrived in the U.S. I was happy that the President was Reagan. He started the process to build a 600-ship navy. That means I’ll have plenty of choices for duty stations. I think Reagan was a good president especially because I compared him to the President of the country that I just left. We’ll call him President X for reference. He was proven to be corrupt and gathered so much wealth even though his official pay was less than my pay while in boot camp.
I was super happy to have left my old country because the President X’s government was corrupt and there’s no checks and balances. If you’re poor you can be a victim anytime. If you’re rich and you’re not in their inner circle, they take away your possessions. Armed military ran the show and there’s no freedom for regular folks.
Before I came to the U.S. I already had this intense desire to live here someday (just like millions of people around the world). I read up about a thousand magazines/books/publications about the U.S., excelled in my U.S. History and U.S. Government classes, and (you’ll love this one) I watched only U.S. made movies for years just before my feet touched the LAX tarmac.
When I arrived, I felt like I was part of the culture already. Of course, since English was not my first language – I had to think what I have to say first in my old language, do a quick translation in my head and then talk. After a few years, it’s the other way around.
Now back to this election – I have an unwritten rule of not saying who I voted for so I won’t. To me it is a fresh start again. I personally prefer that every four years, we have a new President, as well as members of congress, mayors, etc. – I think it’s more dynamic that way and better for the nation.
In my humble opinion, the U.S. government is the best government in this flawed world. Is it perfect? No! Is it the best form of government? No! Is it less corrupt than most government? Probably. However, the U.S. will not be the most powerful nation on earth if its government is just average.
The local and national news are full of people with different reactions to the newly elected officials, especially the President. I don’t control other people’s opinion but I had to be accountable for my action. In short, what should I do? Let’s refer to the Bible’s teaching on how to deal with leaders: Treat them with proper respect and pray for them. I would do that regardless of any country I’m in because that’s what my Maker wants me to do.