Why “Accepting our Differences” No Longer Works for Me

My personal view on the current political scenario as a naturalized US citizen.

A.B. Dodge

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A super excited “me” in 2008 — living the “American Dream”

I first came to the United States in June of 2008. I had left Brazil, my home for the past twenty-six years, with two hundred dollars in my pocket and one suitcase full of dreams. I had come to work as an au pair through an exchange program. It was a must-need experience for me because I was an English teacher in Brazil, and the whole “living abroad” experience would supposedly open doors for me professionally.

I was young. I spoke three languages. The future looked bright and promising for a passionate and young immigrant in America. I didn’t know how long I would stay, but of one thing I was certain: I had loved the United States with all my heart from the moment I stepped on its soil.

I was embraced in this country and treated as if I had been born here. Americans were curious to hear my story. They wanted me to tell them about my life, my dreams. I made friends right away, from all over the world. America was a loving and accepting place.

2008 was a difficult year for Americans, for the world. The global financial crisis hit every home and family — many lost their jobs, and even the ones who didn’t were still fearful. It was a year full of insecurity at all levels.

But there was a big difference between 2008 and 2020: we were united.

I remember a special moment that year: the first time I watched a television debate between the two candidates for the US presidency, Barack Obama and John McCain.

Watching Barack and John debating was a beautiful thing to see. Both were very respectful, talking about new policies to be implemented, plans to save the economy, military action in the Middle East, and so forth. So much to discuss, so many words exchanged, but no disrespect.

I also remember watching a woman step up to John McCain in one of his rallies and call Mr. Obama an “Arab” — in a real accusatory tone. Then I watched John McCain politely take her microphone back and say that although he and Obama had their differences, he was a decent man. I saw a Republican candidate stop discrimination with class and respect. I saw a man…

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A.B. Dodge

English Teacher, Meditation Enthusiast, Writer, Lover of Inspiring Stories and Flashfiction. Visit her blog at https://energyhealingandfriends.wordpress.com/