I’m watching the news today and getting an eye and earful about how the world is reacting to Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States.
I received this e-mail message from a friend of mine in Australia. He is a worldly fellow, a keen student of U.S. politics. My friend writes: “We’re all praying for you … and ourselves as well. We’re all in this together. For historical precedent, check out Germany 1918-1939 or the Cultural Revolution in China. I honestly thought the extent of Russian involvement in the election was grounds for treason, but clearly the rules have changed!”
No mention, of course, of the women’s marches around the world that are occurring today.
I’m guessing women marched in my friend’s city in South Australia.
I won’t elaborate on his statement regarding pre-World War II Germany or what happened in the 1960s in China.
Suffice to say that, though, that the world — if my friend’s message is any indicator, and I believe it is — cares deeply about what happens in the United States.
What does that mean? To me it means two things.
One is that we are in fact the world’s most indispensable nation.
The other aspect is that the United States of America continues to be “great,” despite what the brand new president has bellowed to the contrary.