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Are the People of Norway In Sync with the Platform of Conservatives in the US? What Would Norwegians Have to Give Up to Live in the US?

I’ve been to Stockholm, Sweden. I was there for two days for an international meeting of the Amadeus  Advisory Board on which I represented not only my company but also represented the United States. Amadeus is a GDS, a Global Distribution Service: in English. .  .an airline reservations system that  was developed initially for  European travel agents to make bookings by computer for their clients. The system was developed and owned by Lufthansa German Airlines, Iberia Airlines of Spain, and Air France. The largest Amadeus user in each country served by Amadeus was represented as a delegate on this advisory board. I was Executive Vice President and second in command of a $1.5 billion travel company and we had the largest installation of Amadeus computers in America. Amadeus absorbed SystemOne, a system developed by Texas Instruments and owned by Eastern Airlines and later by Continental which wound up as a partner with the Amadeus’ founding airlines and that’s how I wound up on the SystemOne-Amadeus Unison Advisory Board and then on the Amadeus board even though I didn’t have one clue how to make a computerized airline reservation! But the purpose of the board was to discuss other issues and matters of interest to travel agents globally. At the Stockholm meeting, those present were referred to as, “The Delegate from Thailand/Germany/France/Italy/US. . . etc.” It was a very impressive group of the biggest travel agencies in each country. And that is the limits, at the moment of my Scandinavian experiences. (What a wonderful city Stockholm is! You have to go there just to feel the crisp sea breeze and smell the salty  freshness of the air!).

So knowing that I’ve never been there, let’s talk about Norway!  Through my travels, people I’ve m et who are from Norway and a bit of research, I can tell you that about  100,000 of the five million people who now live in Norway come from places like Morocco, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and other nations where the population is not Caucasian. Are they the Norwegians that are sought after by the White House?

Generally, when people move to a new country and seek to become citizens there, it is because they expect at least what was positive in their homeland PLUS the benefits offered by the new country. Let’s compare what Norwegian citizens and those from the EU and EAA who have lived and worked in Norway for at least a year, can count on from the Norwegian government:

1)      Abortion-on-Demand up to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. For the next  12 week period, abortion requires a permit which is granted for reasons of the mother’s mental or physical health or “social” reasons which may include the inability to support, maintain and care for a (another) child.

2)      A complete and comprehensive social services program which includes government paid-for public health services for ALL and a wide array of funded programs  that support  maternity AND paternity leave for  parents.

Logic would dictate that if Norwegians accepted the offer to immigrate to the US and become citizens, they would be the loudest voices supporting the Democratic Platform for social services support and growth and not be the conservative-minded backers of Republican Party issues.

One of the things one learns  especially from travel is that language people speak, the style of their houses and clothing, the color of their skin are not the tools ones needs to use to determine their ideology, their level of intelligence or their creativity quotient.  Clearly, the word “Norway,” for some, conjures up an image of bland white bread with a level of intelligence and education that would be of value to the US.  I think that an infusion of what I know to be strong-willed, feisty people with a strong social conscience and the ability to truly think logically and without the imposition of religious beliefs infused into social issue decisions such as would happen with a wave of Norwegians headed into the US would result in strong voices joining in to support the Democratic Party. Norway’s governmental programs, interest in ecology, conservation of earth’s resources, having simple things like clean air and clean water and food that is not genetically altered as well as internalized systems that focus on government services that protect and care for all of its citizens while doing its best to focus on the human investment in controlling global warming have educated Norway’s population to CARE: about each other and about the planet!  With Norway’s second largest city in the Arctic Circle, Bodo, where 47,000 Norwegians live, do you think those Republicans and Conservative who think Climate Change/Global Warming is a HOAX, ask the Norwegians who live there!

The reality is, most regrettably, that the US is dreadfully out of step with the rest of the world! Far too many have to give up far too much to bring their talent and their families to reside here!  It is ironic that our Executive Branch is unaware of what it means to be a Norwegian in terms of mind-set and features and benefits of living in their homeland. We’d have to make a much stronger case for what we could do for  Norwegians to get them to consider why they should consider such a move. Surely, just adding more white faces to our ethnic grid cannot be a supportable reason to pave the way for Scandinavian immigration and an analysis of what a wave of migration from that region would do for or TO the Republican Party would probably be a reason for withdrawing the invitation.  One has to applaud the people of Norway for caring about one another and recognizing the value of uplifting one another wherever and however possible without imposing the ideology of individuals and institutions on its population.

--Gotta Fly Now!sm
Your Personal Travel Expert
Nationally syndiated radio show host
Stephanie Abrams

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