Originally posted by alien
I think its great for people to have a love for the country they reside in. As for America being more beautiful and more safe etc...well, this New
Zealander would take issue with that...I can experience the beauty of a bustling metropolis, take a half hour drive to dense native bush to do some
hunting or camping, or relax on pristine beaches...or another short drive to ski on some of the most picturesque slopes in the world. Gun-related
crimes are still not that common, drive-bys are such a rarity they're maybe one of two a year across the whole country and I doubt we have
ever once experienced a school-yard shooting or similar. We have suffered one act of terrorism, some 10 years ago, and that was perpetrated by our
supposed 'allies' *cheers France*...
...but again, good to see love for ones home...
[edit on 30-11-2004 by alien]
Alien, I can do all those things...only I have to use a plane to do go and do some of them.
I think the point that was that the U.S. is painted as an evil place by not only the pampered and spoiled communist elites in the media and
entertainment but also by other governments as well, and that is just not the case.
The country is a big one with a diverse nation; not all of us live in huge cities with people who avoid eye contact and walk swiftly. Where I live,
we greet each other, stop to assist fellow motorists in need and haven't experienced a school shooting even though most of the cars in the school
parking lot will have hunting rifles in the trunks this time of the year.
My little section of this place is resistant to gullibility but open to change. While the northern states were fighting the bussing situation, we
blacks and whites were doing homework together and playing together after school, so were aren't likely to buy into the Jesse Jackson hate speeches.
We grew up with rifles and pistols and our kids do the same, so we aren't liable to fall into the "guns are bad, only the government should have
them" garbage. We have a tendancy to work for a living and be self-sufficient, finding it a bad thing to rely on the government for anything, so we
aren't likely to buy into the nonsense that the government can take care of all our needs if we just let them tax us enough. We have TV sets down
here now, we got them last year along with the first shipment of shoes. We see our inefficient governments are.
Point is, the same ones who paint us as a bad nation are the ones who have tried to screw up our society so that we would be that bad nation. The old
technique of creating a problem so you can sell your solution, only this time, the solution will put an end to us.
Don't take the poster's thoughts as boasting, take them as an bit of info, that the U.S. is not the oafish, backwoods war-mongering country some
people abroad have been led to believe. Our government is not the only one to lie, as many here seem to belive, and the hijacked media and
entertainment business can't be trusted, either as they have the same agenda to push.
By the way, Alien, most of us here feel good about our country and oursleves and at the same time hold other countries in high esteem. New Zealand is
one of those countries. You are very fortunate to live there, I'd say!