I just sat here and read all the above posts, and there are many that I wished I got here sooner to respond to directly, but I'm not going to go back
and try to do so.
Basically though, what it sounds like is that everyone has their opinion (obviously, as they should), but no one can speak for "everyone else" or
"the majority of" the other people in their respective countries.
It seems to me that, for example, I was born in America. I had absolutely no choice in the matter what so ever. And the same goes for all the rest
of you who were born in (or raised in) the country that you are in. Right? And some of us vote, some don't, I'm sure. Now personally, IMHO
regarding voting - at least in the U.S. I'm not sure whether it makes any difference or not, but, that is a topic that has been covered over and over
Also, I absolutely do not like it at all, and it happens every day just about, I don't just mean here, but in general, when I get lumped in with the
government and the rest of the country. When a U.S. president and their administration chooses to do something, and it gets referred to as "we" did
it, well, that just rubs me the wrong way because "I" am part of "we" by being a citizen, but I had absolutely no part in making the decision(s).
Sorry, I guess I feel strongly about that, and got rambling a little off track. But I was basically wanting to say two things, and that is that first
of all, most of the posts I read in this thread, were coming from people who seem to feel that they automatically need to take the position of their
government. Which is O.K. if if that is how everyone really feels, but.....I don't know..... And the main thing this thread make me think about, is
the fact that while we have no control over where we were born, and the policies of our governments (although we ought to have more say in what our
elected officials do) but that's neither here nor there. We are all citizens of our own, very special country, and we are all here only of our own
choosing. We are all voluntary citizens of ATS. We need to remember that above all else, when attacking each other on behalf of what our
governments, media outlets, etc... do.
It's great to talk about what they do, but remember, if I'm not mistaken, we're all on the same side here, aren't we?
Just a couple of thoughts.