Americans are Americans no matter where they are in the world. The ones fortunate enough to taste life outside of the US have a much more rounded view of the world. But now America needs help to get out of a slump, and coming home from abroad seems like the right thing to do for many.
Looking at the many reasons why many Americans decided to live outside of the US is a long list indeed. But one of the most dominant reasons for many was simply getting away from former President George Bush. Many of his policies and positions just did not fly. How much of the global recession is contributed to his decisions is hard to say, but most certainly being in bed with big oil was a very significant factor.
Other reasons range from seeking work, to just getting away from the choking stress inducing political correctness. Then there are those who simply decided to retire in a place that does not eat their retirement money as fast. But in each case, they still are Americans with American values and the desire to help.
Americans that live abroad for a year or more acquire a richness rarely found in America, and that is to see the world through the eyes of a non American. They quickly become aware of how arrogant America can be at times, but they also saw that much of that arrogance was from Former President George Bush. But now things have changed.
Americans living abroad are seeing how people are reacting positively to America’s new President Barack Obama. They see hope in him because he is so much like everyone and in such a position of authority. People see there is real hope for change for the better. It is this same motivation that is motivating Americans living abroad to go home and help get America out of its economic crisis as well as whatever else ails it. Simply put, Barack Obama is inspiring Americans living abroad to be patriotic and help America.
In the last 100 years there were few events in American history that brought America to its feet to be American and help. December 7, 1941 the day Pearl Harbor was attacked bringing America into World War II. More recently September 11, 2001. In each case there was a clearly defined event. However today, the event seems to be a combination of several things.
The desire to restore America to financial health is one. Also to restore America’s image in the eyes of the world, as well as combat the mistakes that are leading to global warming. Americans know they are capable of this, but doing it requires working from home and not abroad.
It is this combination of motivators along with President Obama that is making Americans living abroad give serious consideration to going home to be American and lend a hand. And there is nothing that better defines an American than their desire to help. This is America’s history, and it is also America’s future.