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The land of opportunity? So how come the banks just got secretly bailed out with trillions of dollars? Why were the banks allowed to enforce mortgages they couldn't even prove? How come people are starting to 'occupy' places around the country in protest of the financial scheming and government corruption? Why are the unemployment rates becoming so high? Why does it cost so much for students to get an education only to find it's nearly impossible to find work? In fact, why are the literacy and numeracy rates so low compared to other countries? Why can't young children start a lemonade stand without being harassed by the police? Why does nearly everything require licensing, taxation and regulation by the Government? Where are the opportunities when this sort of suppression exists?
The U.S. is the melting pot of the world. It is the one destination that the poor and downtrodden of the world desire to live. There are all creeds, colors and religions welcome to our shores. All are given the same opportunity. There is no place on Earth that is its' equal in that regard. The U.S. IS the land of opportunity.
Wow, the US Government is absolutely entwined with Christianity. Even your 'FED issued' debt based currency has "In God we trust" written on it. I can't even keep track of the amount of 'political madness' threads related to insane religiously based nonsense. Some politicians depend on the their religious beliefs to attract support, that's how many people depend on Christianity. Try visiting a place like the UK or Australia, and you will find that we're not only more religiously diverse, but also more ethnically diverse, and the role religion plays in politics isn't anywhere near as extreme as it is in the US. Of course some countries and their Government are a lot more dedicated to upholding their religious ideologies, but the US is FAR from perfect.
There are few places on Earth that are as diverse in religious makeup. True we were founded on Christian doctrine, but we are guaranteed the right to worship as we see fit. Our nation was founded so that there would be no state sponsored religion. There is not a national religion in the U.S. We can freely choose to worship or not worship as we see fit. We can express our beliefs as we see fit without worry of repercussion.
Have you even left America in your entire life? Because I'm willing to bet you haven't. Your attitude is typical of someone who believes America is 'the best country in the world', and it's supported by completely baseless propaganda that you've been indoctrinated with as a child. Once again, I could list an endless amount of countries that have exceptional women's rights. In fact some of them even gave women the right to vote long before the United States ever decided to. It's more likely these days that a country will have decent rights for women, and it's rarer to find a country that still hold ideologies from the dark ages. Obviously there are some countries like that, but your argument is diluting the facts to make it look like the US way ahead of the curve, when that's most certainly not true.
Womens' rights are the norm here. Look around the world and you will find few places where women are held in such high regard. Here women have all the rights and opportunities as men.
Why are you now talking about the political system with 'the creator' in the same sentence? Haha, this is golden. I'll make this my last point, I need not go on too much further. The US political system is so heavily corrupt and manipulated that it makes me want to vomit. The congress are constantly passing unconstitutional bills that are on the verge of insanity, and no one seems to bat an eye lid. It's the slowly boiling frog. Your 'God given rights' and freedoms are being slowly stripped away, while everyone sits back and lets it happen. In fact many people even delude themselves into believing they are still living in the most exceptional country on Earth. Do you know how insane that sounds? If your political system is so grand, why do I always see puppets running for President? And why are the only good Presidents always being assassinated?
Our political system is of the people, by the people, for the people. This is something that many here take for granted. We are not allowed rights, they are bestowed on us from the Creator.
The foundation of America's murderous prescription for large parts of the rest of the world remains as I have identified it:
In the most extreme (and, one could argue, most consistent) version of this [exceptionalist] tale, non-Western parts of the world are less than human -- and they are subhuman by choice. They are immoral, and sometimes even evil. Since we represent the good and they represent the evil, we are surely entitled to improve them, by invasion and bombing if necessary. If they do not threaten us today, they might at some indeterminate time in the future. And while we might kill many innocent civilians in our campaign of civilization, those who survive will be infinitely better off than they would have been otherwise. Besides, how "innocent" can any of them be -- since they are members of inferior, less than fully human civilizations, and since they are so by choice?
With this belief system as the unchallengeable foundation, a vast number of Americans render themselves completely unable to recognize the devastating consequences of the American State's actions abroad. Whenever those consequences threaten to announce themselves in an unavoidable manner, most Americans will explicitly deny or avoid them through an endless variety of stratagems. When all else fails, their ultimate defense will be the cloaked restatement of the myth's message: the lives of those other people are simply not of the same value as our own. Such recognition must be disguised to a degree, for an explicit statement to that effect would shock certain sensibilities (or certain people would at least pretend to be shocked). But -- and this is the critical point -- when we consider the relevant facts, the continuing refusal to acknowledge what the American State has done and still does today can have no other meaning.
If you have ever wondered how a serial murderer -- a murderer who is sane and fully aware of the acts he has committed -- can remain steadfastly convinced of his own moral superiority and show not even the slightest glimmer of remorse, you should not wonder any longer.
The United States government is such a murderer. It conducts its murders in full view of the entire world. It even boasts of them. Our government, and all our leading commentators, still maintain that the end justifies the means -- and that even the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocents is of no moral consequence, provided a sufficient number of people can delude themselves into believing the final result is a "success."
We can appeal all we want to "American exceptionalism," but any "exceptionalism" that remains ours is that of a mass murderer without a soul, and without a conscience. ... It is useless to appeal to any "American" sense of morality: we have none. It does not matter how immense the pile of corpses grows: we will not surrender or even question our delusion that we are right, and that nothing we do can be profoundly, unforgivably wrong.
For the present, and for the United States, the myth commands the controlling position. What will dislodge it? I'm convinced that only widespread devastation visited on the U.S. itself, through economic collapse, natural (or unnatural) catastrophe, or a final war of unspeakably awful consequence, will finally force our leaders and many Americans to surrender the myth that has sustained them for so long. And in such a case, it won't be a choice to acknowledge the truth at long last. The devastation will be so immense that the myth will be rendered entirely irrelevant, a kind of unutterably grisly, sick, pointless joke. I would be profoundly grateful to be in error on this point; I do not think I am.