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Mick Fleming on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 11:16:18 am

Happy Holiday to everyone on the Mick Met roster, as well as those tuning into my BLOG.   Short story.

Due to a weird set of circumstances, I was in Istanbul on the 4th of July in 2007.  There was a party put on by the American consulate at her offices (fortress) during which I was talking to a group of local business people.  One guy, who I was later told runs a huge international company, took the opportunity to tell me how much he loved the US, but how vehemently he hated the President.  He held forth for a while and then said he felt it was the duty of any citizen -- "and especially someone in a position of power like you (I let that go), to try to overthrow a leader causing so much pain and embarrassment in the world and his own nation. In good conscience, you can't support that government."  When he finally took a breath in his soliloquy I said: "Well, Sir, I am a patriot."  It's probably the only time I ever will get to say that phrase and I sure don't want to spend another hour at a cocktail party explaining the baffling American system of executive branch succession.  Looking back at it, it seems corny that I would say such a thing, but I meant the words on that Independence Day.  As much as I openly groan about things going on in our country, I still do.  Have a good holiday.

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