reply to post by m1991
Like compared to Europeans, Canadians, and most other First Worlders? I'm an American, and it's pretty obvious to me that American culture puts
vengeance on a pedestal. I mean New Zealand police don't even carry guns, but we shoot people just for looting TV sets.
Here, you claim Americans put "vengeance on a pedestal" because "we shoot people just for looting TV sets".
I'm an American too, and it's damn obvious that you are wrong! Maybe YOU would do so, but please don't speak for the vast majority of us!
Just think about it I mean. America has the largest military the Earth has ever seen, and most people in America don't feel outraged about
using it for whatever reason, unless a lot of American troops die and a lot of American money is wasted. Bombing entire nations into the Stone Age is
acceptable retribution to many Americans for killing 3,000 of us.
The United States DOES NOT HAVE "the largest military the Earth has ever seen". What we DO HAVE is a seeming unlimited resolve to fight for what we
feel is right! Though we ARE occasionally wrong, the United States has done far more more to correct our errors than many other countries have.
By "killing 3,000 of us", you must be referring to Afghanistan and Iraq. They AREN'T among the nations that were bombed into the "Stone Age". If
anything, Afghanistan was bombed from the "Stone Age", and into the "Age of Enlightenment". Due to our "interference", Iraq is much improved too!
Concerning Germany and Japan, noboby HAS EVER treated conquered nations with such dignity, empathy, compassion, and generosity, as the United States
has. Both West Germany, and Japan, were both rebuilt at great expense to the US taxpayer. I dare you to show me another example that even comes close
to those two!
Most Americans continue to support the death penalty even though most Americans also believe innocent people are occasionally put to
You use that comment as evidence of a vengeful culture, yet you don't mention those THAT HAVE BEEN convicted of murder, and the lesser charge of
manslaughter, THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED. Why is that?
Are you so smart, at the age of 21, that you no longer need to analyze both sides of an argument? I have read this complete thread, and already know
that you think you are. I'll gladly burst your little bubble: YOU'RE NOT! You won't be truly smart until you can realize your own ignorance. Many of
those that you so persistently ignore, have passed through that stage long ago. Surely you didn't think the "Hippies" died off! Many of them just
changed their minds on numerous issues.
Besides, otherwise law abiding citizens who loved guns could still obtain them illegally if they wanted to badly enough, so it wouldn't be that
ONLY thugs had guns, it would be simply a lot less people in general would have guns.
That's one of the silliest comments I've ever seen! The rest of the paragraph was pure garbage! Are you daft?
The worst thing too is Americans are especially unforgiving of the less fortunate. We hate people who go on SSI yet re-elect those who steal
billions of dollars.
If that were true, there would NOT be Social Security Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Worker's Compensation, and numerous other federal
and private programs, that DO help the "less fortunate"!
The point is, I would like to see a change from this vengeful and militaristic attitude in America. I would like us to become a peace loving
and forgiving kind of people. Until then, I'm gonna laugh every time I hear people talk about Americans being the best people on Earth.
No! The point is: You are clueless!
My responses to some of your other statements:
what if the situation was the opposite, and the criminal had the gun and your grandpa had the knife?
Because you took grandpa's gun away, grandpa and grandma just became VICTIMS!
I don't think if I spent a month in Italy, I would change my tune that fast
Probably not, but only because 1 month would not constitute "living in another country". If you had to make a living in Italy, I'll bet you wouldn't
last a year, though!
I spent ten years LIVING in other countries: Japan, Canada, Spain, and Germany. I loved, and still do, every damn one of them!
The BEST THING about being a US citizen is: HAVING THE "RIGHT" TO RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES.
This one "RIGHT", all by itself, is the one "RIGHT" that most of the World is envious of! If that weren't true, we wouldn't have ANY immigrants!
Because of peer pressure in the late 1960s, one of my cousins, while in her early 20s, renounced her US citizenship, and moved to Argentina. She has
since spent, without success, over 4 decades trying to have it reinstated. I suspect she will, one day, be buried there, so be careful of what you
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