Originally posted by magicmushroom
And I would appreciate good honest views rather than emotional rhetoric, also this is not a debate of who would take America out etc. Its an honest
debate to see what Americans really think about their country, its Goverment and their futures.
Great country - wouldn't live anywhere else - government is not the very best but is very very far from the worst... If I were in charge I'd put it
and its institutions on a skeleton crew - military is pretty much all we'd have, I'd privatize the heck out of everything. Many people don't like
that idea, but that's another and many other threads. My future? Personally? Well, I'd say its bright and limitless - my mom told me I'm special
like that. For the country? I'm a disciple of good 'ole Dr. Pangloss, this is the best of all worlds and its getting better every day! Little
dismayed that my party lost the Congress, but its not really all that big of a deal, there will be no stopping President Frist come '08
all seriousness, I don't think we're in any kind of real trouble, my father spoke of the "camps" that popped up here during the violence in
Vietnam also. I don't think anyone is about to get locked up in any "Reagan Re-education Center" anytime soon.
Travelling is one of my passions, and I've been to around 30 countries. I must say that while I was not "on the grid" (paying taxes, working,
permanent address, etc.) in those countries I feel I know a lot about them and have experienced how many things work. It's rather clear, at least to
me, that we are much less restricted in the US than Europe in what we want to do as long as we don't hurt anyone else. There may be laws involved,
but who doesn't drive 10 mph over the limit as the standard modus operandi (apply this reasoning to anything you do but are not allowed to)? Maybe
this could be due to our population density compared to Europe, but I don't have the constant feel of somebody looking over my shoulder here. Not a
knock on Europe, I love the place, and visit Denmark and the Netherlands probably at least once a year since I was a child.
I think you are not giving us credit when you question whether or not we're as insulated as the stereotype goes. There's the widespread stereotype
of the "stupid, rich American." Many think we're just morons when it comes to geography. If all somebody watched was the "Jay Walking" segment
of the Tonight Show, I could see how one would get that impression. I've got to say that in my experience Europeans are just as clueless as
Americans when it comes to geography. Not a knock on anyone, just my experience and observation. I come from Florida, and no, I cannot see clear
across the state to the Gulf of Mexico, and no I cannot see Cuba either. We all have our idiots.
I think it is very difficult to fully respect and understand what you're trying to get at if you don't compare our country to somewhere else. Is
anywhere else even comparable? 300 million people with a highly developed top-tier economy and a pretty doggone huge landmass. I mean, if we're
talking about relativity, we're doing pretty doggone well compared to India and China!