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Originally posted by mwm1331
.......Think of how many times he has stated that our allies have lost respect fo us or how our allies no longer like us or comments of that nature. Based on his comments t seems he cares more about what Europe thinks of America than what Americans think of Amerca and that bothers me.
Originally posted by SupaFly
I can appreciate the distinctions you made between our cultures, but at this point Kerry has been a US Senator for 20yrs. IMO, the European mindset (if any) has been disolved.
Originally posted by CiderGood_HeadacheBad
A country with as much influence and power as America should have a leader with atleast some knowledge of the way foreigners think.
Originally posted by mwm1331
Look I'm not bashing europe sminkey pinkey, But the fact is that what works in europe would start a revolution in America.
The reason I didn't mention the benefts of the policies you mentoned is that to the average American it doesn't matter.
There is nothing wrong with europes system as long as europeans like it. But the systems in place here in europe would not work in america. Its a simple fact. If the federal government attempted to ban all guns there would be a civil war. Now I'm not saying that kerry is gonna do that, But in the back of his head is the idea that it might be a good idea to do so, and the majority of americans would disagree strongly to say the least.
What don't you all get? Americans really are different, we have a different culture, a different history (though shared to a large extent) and very different myths. We have our own way of doing things and what works for you guys wouldn't work for us. Why is that such a hard idea to accept?
Originally posted by Bout Time
It catches it because it's short on reason and long on preference. Having a leader that understands our most affluent customers, our most advanced military allies and our biggest competitors on the World markets is a bad thing!?!?!
The tax issues you raise ( see my threads on TAXES ) are founded on hype to steer our domestic elections, but are skinny on meat.
Think, for example, of the overall picture: a contractor or small business owner pays about $1000/month for comprehensive family health insurance - and that's no frills - no prescrition discounts, no options. Consevatively bump that up to another $15K you spend compared to the European family of four. Add to the mix additional education costs and the additional hours in a work year ( you mentioned they have no concept of "work-aholics...as if that's a BAD THING!?!? )
I've worked several global projects and have found this: we work too much for too little & have far fewer protections of our blue/white collar workforce.
The gun hysteria is uniquely American & I don't fault the Europeans for not having it.
We live in a country that outgrew sustaining itself on it's domestic markets over a 100 years ago; so thinking globally is of paramount importance to our way of life.
I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations and brings them to our side and lives up to American values in history.