At 8pm this evening, I was checking out the headlines on WCBS, our local news radio station. Their top story was about W's visit to Brussels (apparently, he was out of sprouts).
W drew protesters, and I suppose I might be one of them under other circumstances. Then I heard them chanting, "Yankee go home!"
Oh, I feel such mixed emotions. First of all, that's not a Yankee. I'm a Yankee. That's a Texan. That's beside the point, however.
What really came to mind when I heard them chanting, "Yankee go home" is that they'd be doing it in German, if not for this country.
You may not like him, but that's the President of the United States of America. You might remember that you owe your freedom to this country. So shut the fuck up!
Yes, yes, I know. They have a right to free speech (because of us) and W is a jerk, but that chanting at the President really irritated me. I wouldn't participate in any effort to actually shut them up, but they pissed me off.
I suppose that, deep down, I was raised to respect the office even if I don't respect the man. I'd always stand in the presence of the President, and it doesn't sit well with me to hear a bunch of Belgians protesting a visit by our President. Protest the Iraq war, protest anything else he has done (there's sure plenty I'd like to protest), but "Yankee go home"? No, I don't think so. A lot of American blood was shed on that soil to keep it free. So stand up straight and show some respect or I'm sending some boys over to start breaking knees.