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Old 07-07-2007, 01:48 PM
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Question What do you Think of America

What do you think of America? Do not Hold back.

America is a nice place to live, We like to make money, a vice or an addiction, the places I have lived have mostly been crime free.

American by birth.
Southern by the grace of God.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:41 PM
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If I voiced my opinion some would take it the wrong way...
 
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Old 07-07-2007, 07:55 PM
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Since this wasn't limited to non-Americans...

First some negatives:

We don't take criticism. We complain that we're going down the tubes while we find clever ways to dodge taxes. We're myopic. What happens in the rest of the world is one huge opaque mystery to most of us. We're monolingual. We take too many things at face value such as what the media and politicians of our persuasion say. Most of us don't know our own history. We're hedonists with little regard for others. We're selfish, sneaky, self-centered, and greedy. We don't have a social safety net nor national health care, but we're more upset about our tax rates, which are very low on a global scale. We can't take care of ourselves financially. We try to live lives like movies and television. We want to fence ourselves off from the rest of the world at the same time that we try to conquer it. We don't have an intellectual culture. We instead have an infantile knee-jerk reaction bottom-line culture. We're push-overs to authority and greed. We're hopelessly polarized.

And some positives:

We can build strong communities. We feel united. We're diverse from coast to coast. We're proud of our country's great accomplishments. We try to trust one another even when we have no reason to do so. We work hard. We get through crises together with friends and family. We have a rich history. We have an enormous country that most Americans won't see half of in their lives. We sacrifice when called to do so.

Yes, I know what you're thinking: I listed many more negatives than positives. I'm not entirely happy with what my country has become recently. I like to think I'm a moderate and I hope we return to moderation again soon. What will it take to restore balance? We keep going from left to right to left to right and now we're extremely far right. Here, people on either side (we only have two sides here, Republican and Democrat) become so polarized that they can't see anything good about the other side. Sports and politics have merged: we have teams and each team sees the other team as a loser. That's bad for everyone. We need to quiet the extremists and get back to the center somehow. I hope we can.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:11 PM
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:23 PM
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If I voiced my opinion some would take it the wrong way...
Do it anyway we can take it.

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Old 07-08-2007, 05:39 AM
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Do it anyway we can take it.

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Have you ever watched Rick Mercer interview American politicians?
It truly is an eye opener as to what they know about their closest neighbor...

Thats about as far as I am going to go on this topic
 
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:46 AM
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I tend to stay away from political threads but I'll make an exception here.

First I'll say, I love love my country and echo the positives of ewomack! They say we're the freest in the world, I've never been to another country so I cannot counter that argument. All I know is I wouldn't trade living here for any where else in the world, that's for sure.

My biggest negative for America, IMHO is the rich get richer while the poor stagnate or get poorer. For the average working class "stiff", prices go up while salaries stay the same. People brag about the unemployment rate being at an all time low. It sure is but they're crap jobs. Wal-Mart, Home Depot, McDonald's etc. None of them are good jobs with a livable wage that you can raise a family on. To raise just one kid both parents have to work this days, it's led to the break down of the family unit which can never be a good thing.

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America America who are you the simple jewish experiment like Soviet Union, but maybe i am not right, who knows
 
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"America" is situated at one of the most beautiful continents on earth, as a country it is a beautiful place, but socially it's totally messed up, and politically it's even more messed up to a point that you really have to be American to find any logic or rational thought in their social/political system.

Looking at it from the outside is like watching Theatre d' Bizar, the insanity has no bounderies and is illustrated by daily news articles like this one;


http://www.v7n.com/forums/forum-lobb...e-america.html

I personally think that "America", as a nation, has some growing up to do.
 
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[off topic - sorry] What the hell is going on with Rududu's avatar?
 
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:27 AM
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America America who are you the simple jewish experiment like Soviet Union, but maybe i am not right, who knows
I'm thinking you're NOT right

bochgoch - I think he or she is either a Nazi lover or is just trying to stir up something. Either way, how pathetic.

On topic:

Things I like about America: diverse cultures/ethnic groups, varied topography, vegetation and weather. Also, we have some great architecture. Depending upon where you live, our schools systems and/or private schools can be really excellent.

Things I don't like about America: Pretty much everything related to our government. Also, as everyone knows, our healthcare has some major issues.

I can't speak about how I feel about the American people, as I know many who are wonderful and many who are horrible - and many who are brilliant and many who are complete idiots. But, I think that would be the same in any country.

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*applause*

Good call!
 
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[COLOR="DarkGreen"]"America" is situated at one of the most beautiful continents on earth, as a country it is a beautiful place, but socially it's totally messed up, and politically it's even more messed up to a point that you really have to be American to find any logic or rational thought in their social/political system.

I personally think that "America", as a nation, has some growing up to do.
If there's an American who thinks everything is *perfect* here I think they must be either completely delusional, or living under a rock.
 
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:13 AM
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No country is "perfect." I am still proud to be an American, although I do disagree with much of the decisions of our government. America is FULL of people who care very much about the suffering of others. We are a generous nation, as a whole and have proved that time and time again.
 
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You is banned my boy!
Muahaha, i am banned boy? maybe you are the most funny clown in UK?
 
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As professor Noam Chomsky always remind us, the US is the biggest terror state out there.
 
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