Noodle Tacos with a hint of Curry

One of the positive side effects of the economic crisis is that it lets people take a look around them. More and more people are paying attention to what is going on in the world. All of a sudden what the economies elsewhere are doing is not irrelevant to the common person anymore. No not when foreign companies are the ones buying the remains of our auto industry.

While many common people have been crying foul at globalization, it took the economic down turn for the US to finally stop giving tax breaks to companies that took jobs overseas. Yeap, I said it before, if a job can be performed here in the US, it should stay here. I am an American, and while I was born in Colombia you do not need to tell me to go back to my country. I am quite comfortable watching the world change from here.

The world is far from flat, and globalization is harder to understand than what one book or even research on the subject can really explain. I have a very different perspective on the subject because even though I am not a natural born citizen, I did finish my education and started my career here in the U.S.

So what does this have to do with noodle tacos with a hint of curry?

Recently I had a couple of conversations with older white middle upper class north Americans. They are and have been the ruling demographic here in the U.S. However, they are frightened at the thought that they are slowly becoming the minority.

Being a minority is scary, it is something that is not easy to deal with. Many middle upper class Americans had never even considered that they were a minority in a lot of ways. People in the US seem to not care about the global stage, I don’t get why but I constantly hear “who gives a $#!7 what the world thinks of us?”. Just look at the raw population number and over 50% of the humans alive right now are actually Asian. Whites make up less than 10% of the world population.

Ask any middle class Indian how they feel about globalization and natural resources and they will explain that the Americans and Europeans were early to the global buffet line, but they want in on it too… and there are a lot more of them. China has more English speakers than the U.S. and Latin America’s economies are truly emerging. Just recently I learned that oil exploration down south is being done in a large percentage by China.

Many Asian countries are looking elsewhere in the world, specially Africa, for farmland. I will leave this for another post to flesh out (because it angers me that now the world wants to invest in irrigation and farming technology in Africa, but it is not to feed the hungry but to secure future resources for themselves… I digress).

So here come the “o-shit” factor. In the push for low wages and outsourcing US companies strengthened the economies of both China and India. The Latino population in the U.S. is growing and we are now the largest minority already making whites minorities in areas you would never think of opening a burrito shop.

This makes me happy in many levels. Mainly because it really angers bigoted people that wear the xenophobia under their crisply dry cleaned shirts. Realistic individuals will see that with globalization comes multiculturalism and lots of changes, and while I don’t go as far as believing in a one world government (as my buddy XO talks about) mainly because I believe that humanity is not capable (like my other buddy Emawk eloquently wrote), the world is now becoming a huge melting pot. I am just sitting back and waiting for a tasty meal.

The best country in the world

All around me I have been experiencing the reactions some people have when faced with something they did not expect. They tend to pretend that everything is all right and do nothing to change the situation. Then they look at someone like me, and think that my positive thinking is the product of the same mentality. I am not a hippie that thinks everything is alright, man, just chill and wait for it to happen. (no offense to anyone that might take the word hippie as a derogatory term)

Action IS necessary, and the current government and party have failed me. I had to act by voting for someone that had a better agenda, at least in the open political arena than then status quo. Bush let the government get bigger, not the social justice way, but the earmarks kind of way. The republican party failed to distance themselves from that, and did not provide the best candidate for me, and in turn failed me as a republican that had began to lean independent.

I am an idealist and I do believe that life can be “perfect,” but just like happiness, it is a very hard thing not just to achieve, but maintain.

I never pretend in my head that nothing is wrong, but I strongly believe that everything is going to be alright. Even though a huge portion of my way of thinking for me comes from faith, a lot of it also comes from logic. Mixing feelings and logic is a very hard task; I believe that it is one of those opposites like Mars and Venus in some ways. However difficult it is, enough force can hold two magnets together. The physics of it is kind of cool and measurable, but in life, how do we measure the force that makes us interact with other humans that might be rejecting us with their magnetic field?

I call that love… family… friendship… bonds.

In my life I have tried to befriend almost everyone that has crossed my path. Some people from the get go did not want to have me be a friend, some others I have lost along the way for many reasons… it always goes sour when I realize that the other side is not as willing to compromise as I am, or just simply do not understand what the word compromise really means.

I was taken by surprise when some of the people that I still call friends took very harsh stances against me as soon as our new president was elected; even though I had humored their constant ridicule of a candidate I thought will not just change America, but could change the world. Not in one or two terms in office, but planting the seeds of unity and hard work that will be required to make America the BEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.

One of the most hurtful comments to me after the election is why didn’t I move back to Colombia and tried to fix my own (insert your word here) country. That hurt… I thought that someone that had seen me go to college, learn things there not just about computers, but life, the way the system works, the way relationships shape our live. It thought the way that I had affected their lives and they had mine, had given them an understanding of who I am and made me a part of their lives… not just a removable piece. Just like the remote that serves such a purpose when changing the channel but you want to chuck out the door the moment you sit on it and feels uncomfortable. I can only hope that they realize that I did serve a purpose in their lives and I am not something that should be discarded… in that case I honestly believe it would be their loss.

So let’s talk about it… is Colombia a worse country than this one is? The answer is so relative it will take not just a PhD in political science and Latin American Issues to truly understand everything about it. To me personally it is a little easier to answer. In many respects YES, Colombia TO ME, is a better country than the US. I lived a middle upper class life over there, have family and friends that even though I been here for half of my life still receive me with open arms… and now there is the new addition of my wife’s family that are nothing but some of the best people I have ever met. Is my country or origin riddled with problems? Absolutely, but I have NEVER voted for a presidential election there even though I can… why? BECAUSE I LIVE HERE! and THIS IS ALSO MY COUNTRY.

Listening to the radio yesterday people were asked if Obama being elected had already changed American society. To answer the radio show question, I believe that yes, America has shown that even by a small margin the majority of this country elected who they thought was better for the job and not the race, that is a big step in the right direction. In my little microcosms it also has changed my life, I have felt how harsh some people can be with their words… I can only wonder how harsh they are with their thoughts.

At the end of the day I still believe that my parents came to the best country in the world, and I live in a country that is now in many fronts falling behind as a super power. If someone has not checked the numbers in China’s military in recent years they are foolish. If someone has not checked the earning power of the Indian middle class they are just plain blind. To believe that we are the only ones in the world is just moronic, and to rest on our laurels still thinking that America is going the right direction and there is no other point of view than the republican point of view will get all of us nowhere. That is not why this REPUBLIC was formed, quit trying to turn this in to the REPUBLICAN DICTATORSHIP and don’t be such sore losers. Work together to make this country better and instead of trying to predict doom and how Obama will ruin everything, see what YOU can do at the local level to make sure that our country DOES become the best country in the world once again.

Meet the press

I was shocked and awed when one of my favorite public figures and maybe the most influential military mind of our times Colin Powell endorsed Obama.

As a former republican, I consider myself an independent now, I used to think that Powell could actually be the first minority president of the United States. I have always liked his character, his demeanor and his way of thinking.

We still got some time to go on this race, but the 100 and 75 thousand crowds in St Louis and Kansas City are another testament that Obama is being identified as the candidate that will lead the nation out of these horrible times of war and financial inestability.

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