Republican Abroad? : What for?
by James Levy, Republicans Abroad Spain
In the coming months leading up to the U.S. elections in November, I will use this blog to share some of my thoughts and experiences as a Republican who has lived for over fifteen years in Spain. Though I currently am the Chairman of Republicans Abroad in Spain, the opinions expressed here are strictly my own and are not meant to reflect those of any other organization.
While the main priority of Republicans Abroad is to provide assistance to American citizens resident in Spain to help them to vote in November, this task has become much easier in the current internet age. There are many web sites available now, for example, http://www.votefromabroad.org/, which enable an American living anywhere in the world to register to vote in an easy way.
Since this primary mission is not as demanding as it once was, in reality most of the work I do involves interacting with the Spanish media, always hungry for content on the American political process. I consider this a patriotic duty, as it helps the Spanish to understand the workings of the world´s greatest democracy, while at the same time showing the Spanish people that not all Americans apologize for being Americans, insisting, ¨I didn´t vote for Bush!¨ As I often state, what the world desperately needs is not that the U.S. becomes mores like Europe, but rather that Europe becomes more like the U.S.
While the mainstream media in Spain is incredibly biased in favor of the Democrats, considering George Bush to be little less than the Anti-Christ, I often get the opportunity to appear in the much smaller, but much more pro-American, pro-freedom outlets such as InterEconomia TV, Libertad Digital TV, or La COPE radio.
Over time, I´ve had the pleasure of getting to know personally many of the leading players in the Spanish resistence movement to the profoundly anti-American Spanish government which was first elected only days after the horrible Madrid train bombing in 2004. In coming entries, I´ll share some of my experiences with the media on the left as well as the right in Spain, and the curious things that happen to A Republican Abroad as the United States moves towards an election which will determine whether the American people make a leap into the dark with an untested candidate from the far left of the Democratic Party, or choose a tried and tested leader who will continue to defend freedom, despite the heavy cost both in blood and treasure.
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