This past summer I had the honor of being an invited guest of the Romanian Parliament to the inaugural meeting of the Romanian Congress on Foreign Affairs. The experience was one to remember as I was able to meet and discuss issues with many members of the Romanian government, while also attempting to help guide this new congress in its formation. My father, John Sarega, was also a voting delegate to this congress and I wanted to support him as well. The congress lasted several days and many items were discussed, but as an observers I was able to gain a lot of insight as to how other governments operate, their efficiencies and inefficiencies. Truthfully, it was an opportunity to compare and contrast the things we do well in America and the things we struggle with.
The two aspects that stood out to me the most in the entire trip was my father’s bold stand for American values and ideals as well as how blessed we truly are to live in such a great nation. To elaborate on my father, as one of two delegates from the United States, he passionately fought to help this new congress adopt characteristics of freedom and limited government found in America that truly were far superior to the more socialistic approaches other countries are accustomed to. He argued this new congress should be a way for them to help the Romanian government change for the better and not a way for them to lobby the Romanian government for handouts they could use in their countries of residence. I believe that part of the American dream is for those who have been blessed to live in such a great nation, to carry the knowledge learned here to their countries of origin and help spread freedom and democracy to all the world. I was very proud of my father for doing just that.
I am truly grateful for the experience gained, knowledge acquired, and friendships created. Although the entire trip and all expenses were covered by me, I consider it a worthwhile investment as it actually makes me a better, more educated public servant.