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Originally posted by marg6043
To the people in the rest of the world, "Please don't hate us and our country but just the leaders of our country."
Originally posted by mwm1331
First of all Muppet the entire debate had to do with whether the U.S. or canada had more cultural diversity.
Second the fact is better than 80% of canadians are of european origin. Meaning of european bloodline. (I.E. french german etc.)
My contention was that as a very small percentage of canadian immigrants were from non-european gene pools the United States had more cultural diversity.
The point I was making is that a group of europeans (not imigrants to europe but those whose families have been in europe for centuries or more) will not have as much diversity as a group of people from a larger geographical range.
I made the point about tin trading in the bronze age to illustrate that european cultures have been interacting with and influencing each other for at least a 1000 years. As a result of this interaction, to some extent, all of the cultures in europe share many commonalities.
Now I will ask again can you deny that the cultures of europe have all had a major influence on each other?
Can you deny that manyf european cultures are more similar than dissimilar?
Can you really state that the level of similarity is not greater between say the germans and the italians than it is between the koreans and the brazialians?
Marg, I have a lot of American friends who are some of the most friendly and down to earth people I know.
Also if I remember correctly it wasn't until we (United States of America) got involved that the German "blitz" was repelled and defeated, yes alot of countries were involved but without the U.S. victory was not possible.
Well you have to make certain feats of imagination to understand the way Americans look out on the world, they are after all one of the most isolated people on earth. In a way they are even more isolated than Australians and New Zealanders, I mean you’re comparatively near South East Asia, whereas the Americans aren’t near anything and they really have terrible difficulty understanding that there are other civilisations out there, and their culture is largely controlled by people in New York and Los Angeles.
Unless a deliberate attempt is made to remind them that other people are involved in things that Americans do, they don’t think anybody is. They think they do everything themselves.
As to political freedom being greater in Canada I think your mistaken, Your coutry is very heavily socialised which by nature leads to less freedom. If you can show proof as to how your country is more poltically free than the U.S. plese do.
If you think that prejudice and Racism is nonexistant in Canada you are deluded.
However its not as noticeable partially because Canada is NOWHERE near as diverse a population as the U.S. I mean its kinda hard to be racist when everyone is white don't you think?
As for what we (Americans) were chosen by god for, we were chosen to lead all peoples on the road to a democratic government, to fight injustice, and spread the words of tolerance and diversity which my nation was founded on.
If our leader was spending 3 hours a day debating with congress he wouldnt have time to lead.
Also and I dont mean to offend, but the fact is the president of the United States has a LOT more on his plate than the P.M. of australia. A small business owner has time to chat with his customers about the weather, the Ceo of a billion dollar company does not. America has larger population, a larger economy, a larger military etc. By nature there are more issues for him to deal with
Originally posted by electric squid carpet
you are high on your own self worth, this attitude is not welcomed by the world in my opinion. That statement seriously makes you sound like a nazi with an excuse to invade others and enforce your form of government on them.
[edit on 30-6-2004 by electric squid carpet]