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Thanks for the vote of confidence.  I am well aware that American affairs seem to take up a lot of real estate here at ET, especially during the election season, often to the detriment of more, ahem, European topics.  

It is a simple fact that what we do affects the rest of the world, too often of late in harmful ways.  I for one would like to see a much more coherent and powerful EU, something like a United States of Europe, better able to counterbalance the enormous and unwarranted influence of the US in world affairs.

And yes, I think my outlook is a lot more European than most Americans.  I think of myself as a child of the Enlightenment, cousin to those Europeans who for the first time in what, two millenia, raised the lamp of reason as at least equal to the law of the church.  I think in many ways the US as a nation is also such a child and such a cousin, though there are those in our body politic who would rather extinguish that lamp and return us to something closer to the feudal past of Europe.  I find moral support here in resisting their efforts.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 03:15:24 PM EST
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