posted on Apr, 3 2006 @ 01:42 PM
I read constantly, especially about current events, politics and the like. ANd what I have personally found out is that I get better news from the
rest of the world, i.e. the Guardian and Independent, Italy, Australia and lots of other places. Americans are not told the truth by their government.
We are lied to, misled and propagandized. Also, our educational system is not what it used to be. I think these are the reasons that foreigners
consider Americans to be naive at best, and stupid sheep at the worst.
I haven't been abroad for 6 years, but I have traveled extensively enough before that (I was a flight attendant), enough to see for myself the extent
to which America influences other nations. For one, we are the only country to use depleted uranium, which has the potential to destroy lives, mutate
DNA and make the land barren - all for 4.5 billion years. Right now, there is DU floating around the airspace of Europe, so I've heard. THis is but
one example of how the U.S. impacts the rest of the world. So, I feel everyone has a right to complain about how the U.S. pollutes the world, etc.
I love my country, I love the principles and valuesthat America has stood for and I hold our Constitution sacred, as it is the best bluelprint for
democracy I've ever read. But we have strayed very far from the Constituiton and from democracy. I am heartbroken at what my country's govt has done
to not just Americans, but the world. Others outside of America have tried to tell us we're going down the wrong path, but we don't listen. Instead
we demonize the countries trying to tell us we're screwing up.
I like the way how Europeans talk about current events alot, compare notes, but best of all, discuss ideas and opinions, but not in a judgmental way.
I'll never forget shortly after Watergate, going to Greece, where a Greek waiter and I talked about Nixon and Watergate. I told him I was embarrassed
of our govt. He responded by saying "Why?" You Americans did something few other countries could have/would have ever done - you got rid of a
president who wasn't serving the people." I have found out much information and different perspectives through talking to people from other
countries, they can often be more objective about us than we are ourselves.