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Where My Mind Went After the Debate

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this is what ran through my mind after i watched the debate...

i may not be the expert on foreign policy..
and i'm definitely not a politician...
but i've been fortunate enough to have traveled the world and i have been to more countries in 6 months than most people have in their whole lives...
and i know how people feel, how real "people" feel about Americans...

i may not know everything about Iraq and why we are even fighting...
and most people in America can't even explain why we even went to Iraq...
and this is why people abroad have mixed feelings about America...

they can see the disconnect...
they can see that president bush misrepresented the American people to the rest of the world...
they can see that george bush's definition of homeland security is a joke...
if we invested money in education and new jobs after 9/11, in my opinion we wouldn't be here...
how can we fight terror when we as Americans are terrified every week with a potential rise in the gas prices...?
how can we fight terror when we as Americans are losing jobs because companies are sending work overseas...?
how can we fight terror when our education in America is poor...?
how can we call it homeland security when we can't secure our homeland with opportunities...?
i know this debate was on foreign policy...
but...
if we focused on our domestic problems "like" regulating banks then we wouldn't be in this economic crisis..
if we focused on our domestic problems "like" creating new jobs around renewable energy five years ago we would be a lot further in relieving ourselves from foreign oil...
i'm glad that senator obama brought these domestic issues to a foreign policy debate...
because fixing "home" would alter our foreign relations...
maybe investing in "home" would allow America to add value in the world other than our military...
maybe investing in "home" would make the rest of the world have faith in our judgment...

how can anyone take us seriously when we allow a group of people hiding in caves to effect the world's "superpower"...?
and this is what i see when i travel...
this is what people told me when ive played in China, Japan, S.Korea, Indonesia, Bangkok, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Kazakhstan, turkey, Moscow, Israel, Ethiopia, Nigeria, s. Africa, Bahrain, Spain, London, Germany, France, Monaco, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Kiev, Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Panama, Columbia...

just to name a few places we played in '07...

so i may not know about foreign policy...

but i know how they feel about us...
i know how they feel about the BIG "u.s"
and that's us...
the people...
it's the regular people that are the ones who are going to suffer...
us...
"we" have to pay back that 800-billion dollars because of lack of regulations...
we have to pay that back with our tax dollars...
and that's the cause of not protecting our home...
we should put security where security needs to be...
i'm terrified if we are to have 4 more bush-like years...
we can't afford it...
and i applaud obama for talking about "home" at a foreign policy debate...

like my mama told me...

"you cant tell nobody to clean their room if your room is dirty"

-- will.i.am

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