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After nearly 34 years I said goodbye to a career that I loved. It is a strange feeling to transition from decades of communicating in careful words of a diplomat to a person free to speak exclusively for myself. MANY ASK WHAT ABOUT OUR FUTURE?

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What do the events of the past year mean for our country’s future?
It was an honor for me to represent the United States abroad because, like many immigrants, I have a keen understanding of what our country represents.
When #civilservants saw senior officials taking actions they considered deeply wrong in regard to the nation of #Ukraine, they refused to take part.
When Congress asked us to testify about those activities, we did not hesitate, even in face of #IMPOTUS45 efforts to silence us.
Unfortunately, last year has shown that we need to #fight for our #democracy. #Freedom is not free” is a pithy phrase that usually refers to sacrifices of our military against external threats.
It turns out that same slogan can be applied to challenges which are closer to home.
But it turns out that our institutions need us as much as we need them; they need American people to protect them or they will be hollowed out over time, unable to serve and protect our country. #FreedomIsPriceless RIGHT? @AmbJohnBolton @CREWcrew @MoveOn @votevets @maddow @CNN
Our newest diplomats fill me with hope. smart, motivated and idealistic and yet realistic about unprecedented challenges facing US. While it is bittersweet to retire from a job that I love, I know they are experts who will advance our interests in an increasingly dangerous world.
I still intend to find ways to engage on foreign policy issues and to encourage those who want to take part in the important work of the Foreign Service. Like my parents before me, I remain optimistic about our future.
TY FROM ALL of us who value Our Messy #Democracy produced by #immigrants from all over the world. ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES FOLKS.. and get to work to #ThrowTheBumsOut .. Be #Candidates, support #BeAMERICANStrong Candidates at every GOVT LEVEL .. BUT Foremost #GOTV #GOTV @MiciakZoom
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