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Originally posted by Subjective Truth
Originally posted by Merriman Weir
Originally posted by Clark Savage Jr.
So we stick by 'our' way because we all know damned well that, believe it or not, our way is STILL worth preserving.
That's great and, for right or wrong, perhaps to be applauded. However, preserving the American Way and proclaiming the American Way to be the best way or the only way are very different things. I see a lot of the former, sorry.
Also, the idea that America is somehow special because it can dig deep and pull together when it needs to is pretty strange. That's not a particularly American trait and is something that can be seen the world over.
If you do not see what is special about America then words are not going to change your mind. But think about this who gives the most? And also who is the largest beacon of democracy?
The Democracy Index is an index compiled by The Economist examining the state of democracy in 167 countries, attempting to quantify this with an Economist Intelligence Unit Index of Democracy which focused on five general categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture.
According to Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2008 Sweden scored a total of 9.88 on a scale from zero to ten, which was the highest result, while North Korea scored the lowest with 0.86.
The countries are categorised into "Full Democracies", "Flawed Democracies", "Hybrid Regimes" (all considered democracies), and "Authoritarian Regimes" (considered dictatorial).
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by gaurdian2012
Well it may not be the countries government invading Canada; it will be the northerners running over the border to freedom! I want freedom but I am trapped on this side. Most of the people up in New England agree with me that Canada has more freedom, justice and equality than any state in the union. If we enter a civil war I am going to cross the border because it's better to live like an illegal alien in Canada than a legal citizen in a Tea Parties paradise.
[edit on 3/24/10 by Misoir]
Right now it's Socialism vs Capitalism
We pay over 30% of our country's income in Military spending. We pay for more military than the entire world. We are the police of the world. We are the despots of the world.
We also send money to over 150 countries of the world. We also send food to all kinds of countries of the world.
We also by ourselves, give more CHARITY to the world THAN ALL OTHER countries combined!
The US gives 0.18% of GNI to the rest of the world every year, which is near the bottom of the list...Granted many other countries give the same or even less...
However, to say "America gives the most to the rest of the world" is pure garbage
I defend our way
I brag about our way
I love the American way
Freedom from oppression and the ability of the individual to live his or her life a free man or women without government intervention as long as he or she is not oppressing anyone is the right way and the only way!
why are we taking aim at Canada? Because you have fallen on your knees in front of the progressive agenda and we are not ready to live on our knees like you guys and gals up to the north yet.
……..The progressives are taking freedoms left and right and the people cheers just like they did for Hitler in the 1930s in Germany.
Originally posted by hhcore
We don't have free speech? hmpf. learn sumtin' new everyday.
If you live in Canada you are right you don't. It is up to TPTB judgement and you could fall on the wrong side by the way the wind blows . This is not free speech.
Speaking as someone who is British, I'm not really familiar with this view at all. …I honestly think that a lot of the "British" attitude towards Americans is more a case of 'who the # do you think you are?' as in 'who do you think you are to think you're better than us?' rather than us thinking we're actually better than you. There's a big important difference there. It's the difference between Americans going on and on about being #1 and non-Americans saying 'no you're not' and being critical of Americans but still not saying 'no, my country is #1!' Honestly, I never hear any significant amount of people from any other country other than America speak the way they do.
"...the well being of the poor and retched is a duty charged to private, public and charitable means and funds, for the health of the retch is the health of a nation."
Ben Franklin Penn Gazette - 1743, page 43
See: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise : A Variety of Enduring Selections from the Press of Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 1790
Complaining about "those arrogant Americans", is an act of arrogance. What you have stated in your piece is that because we don't see the world through "your" lense, then it makes us arrogant and ignorant. I'm sorry if I can't quite see the nirvana in your culture or in that of Europe or Australia.
Its great that you guys have evolved into something approaching a feudal system where each country is like a farm harvesting taxes for the master, who in turn treats his slaves really well and gives you equally sized plots of land in many cases and gives you socialist education ("dumbs you down" with "socialist obedience training") in school.
But for those of us who would rather die than live as slaves,
Originally posted by endisnighe
reply to post by soficrow
...SUPPOSEDLY, money is taken out of the general fund, so SOMEONE is getting money.
Originally posted by soficrow
Meaning the taxation system was designed to support the elite, and so-called "American democracy" has evolved to become a corporatocracy - thus replacing "monarchy" as the chosen form of government.