Lately i've been feeling very bad about America. When i mentioned in a discusssion on a post by @kambizt that i worried we would regress on issues like LGBTQ rights he said that was a concern of his too, BUT that 'Americans are generally a welcoming and kind people. At the time i felt that was generous of him to say. But recently i've had contact with visitors to the USA and have had more people tell me this. Working part-time as a desk clerk in a local motel in our town of less than 1,000 permanent residents. In the last week i've had New Zealanders on Motorcycles and a young couple from Holland who are bicycling the Continental Divide route thru our country.
They'd been having a lot of flats with one tire but we have no bike shop in town. i offered to drive them, when i got off work at 3:30pm, to Rio Rancho or Albuquerque (about an hour away) if they'd just refill my gas tank. We talked the whole way about many things, including the current Administration and the socio-political climate of the country these days. When i said i often felt as an American that i should apologize to the rest of the world for subjecting them to Trump as our 'leader', they said....'Oh, many people have.' They said they'd met one or two who seemed ok with him, but most weren't. They also said most Americans had been kind to them. So consider this a 'good news' bit. It certainly helped me feel a little better about my country.