a reply to: AnteBellum
On the topic of how I view America at the moment, I would have to say the following.
It is a nation whose leaders are corrupt, from business bosses to directors of intelligence, and depending who is in power in a given year, either
the President or the congress or both. It is a nation in which religious freedom is misunderstood, and most often by those who have a faith. It is a
nation in which the government would rather take inanimate objects from everyone, rather than remove people who might use those objects improperly,
from the streets and general population.
It is a nation which has a media which blames the poor for their circumstances, and fails to recognise nuance, the complexity of real life. It is
also a nation in which the destitute have been swelled in number by the banking crashes of the last couple of decades, such that tent cities have
sprung up all over the place, more people are living in substandard or poor quality housing, and those who find themselves in that position have to
deal not only with the harrowing living circumstances foisted upon them by events beyond their control, but deal with the unreasoning hate spewed at
them by a small minority of clueless halfwits on the street, and a great many venomous media figures.
It is a nation whose foreign policy choices have helped shape the cataclysmic rise of IS, has assisted the drugs trade across its border with Mexico,
and either by accident or deliberate fault created the circumstances which lead to a terror attack on a massive scale, on its own soil, which it then
used as an excuse to create more martyrs, with air raids, artillery, and massed troop surges, rather than simply and silently assassinating terror
groups without fanfare, without public knowledge. It is also a nation which illegally spies on its own citizens, and those of the rest of the world
with impunity, and whose leaders for the periods covered by that system, should be dethroned and incarcerated as punishment for that crime.
It is also a nation which I know, from interacting with various people from there, and who live there now, to be stuffed, absolutely rammed to the
rafters with some of the most wonderful and varied characters and people you could hope to meet. The hearts and minds I have encountered here on this
website, who happen to be from the United States of America, have been an absolute pleasure to discuss matters with, and more over just seem like a
fantastic bunch of people in the main. The way I see it, America as a people is a winner every single day of the week. It's just the government, the
businesses, the incestuous grey space between them, that messes with the nations international cred.
There are of course, those in any nation whose odious attitude and utterances, not to mention actions, bring the whole lot down a little bit (I am
looking at YOU Alex Jones!).
The various shooting incidents, race riots, police shootings particularly, have highlighted that there is STILL an undercurrent which is unhealthy,
in certain areas of the nation, and amongst a small minority of persons on all sides of the debate.
But these negative things, they are not how I view America, any more than the rampant imperialism and rape of entire continents during the height of
The British Empire defines my nation, or the people in it. American people, by and large, are a good lot, with an awful lot of things weighing on them
right now, and I view those who manage to get through it without being absorbed by partisanship and nation centric ideology, as being the cream of a
very good crop indeed.
In short, America, great bunch of folks, but a terrible geopolitical crap wrecker which gets more terrible, dysfunctional, and disruptive as time
With the greatest possible respect, and very deep love, if America did away with everything other than its food, its culture, and its people, it would
be the best nation on the face of the world. As it is... Naaahhh!
edit on 8-9-2015 by TrueBrit because: Grammatical error correction