Ok, I'm going to try harder this time. I need to convince my lovely aunt I really mean it.
1. The Marshall Plan. Honestly, I don't have anything bad to say about it. The Marshall plan was f***ing brilliant. One of the best things this nation ever did.
2. The U.S. apology to the Native Hawaiians (excepting the disclaimer).
3. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Only took us a 100 years, but we *did* come to the required change.
4. The Refugee Act of 1980. Yes, we were only partially fixing a problem we had created for the Hmong. But we could have done worse.
5. The Homecoming Act of 1987. Again, we were only partially fixing a problem we created for children of Vietnamese mothers and American military fathers. But we could have done worse.
6. Signed into law by the *uber* kewl President Obama, March, 2009: A ban on export of cluster weapons by the United States. It's a big step in the right direction.
7. These Americans are taking positive action steps to undo the ongoing damage that left over American UXO continues to do to people, including many children, in Vietnam. They rock.
8. Bill and Melinda Gates and their friends are doing astounding work to help people throughout the world.
9. The Civil Rights Act of 1964. A huge step in the right direction, finally.
10. George Verwer is American. I am delighted and astounded by the work he has taken on for insisting that "the gospel" has to be social actions, not just words, since he stepped down as head of OM.