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Tue Dec 6, 2011, 09:45 PM

I'm not sure about traveling abroad...

...or even outside the borders of Crazyland--excuse me, the Untied States of America.

Commie Muppets

Someone sent me this link today. I read it through, alternately sniggering and cringing, and then got to the comments, when it became, essentially, one long cringe. My reply to the emailer who sent me the link was:

"Sometimes it's just so embarrassing to be an American."

I hit send, and then realized that hell, most of the time it's bloody embarrassing to be American anymore. Seriously.

I mean, how embarrassing is it to be known as a citizen of a nation where:

  • A really substantial number of my fellow-citizens actually BELIEVE that the Earth is only six thousand years old or thereabouts.

  • Those same fellow-citizens not only vote, they REGULARLY elect other people who publicly profess to believe that not only is the Earth <7000 years old, but that a DEITY actually TALKS to them and tells them to run for office!

  • Yes! Not only does our society and our educational "system" turn out large numbers of seriously delusional individuals, those individuals are PROUD of their delusion, and demand that it be taken seriously and treated with respect--not just in churches, but in the creation of the public policies that determine how we structure our economy and our government and our entire social organization!

  • In spite of prima-facie evidence, widely publicized, empirically analyzed, and thoroughly tested in nations more advanced than we (and I never thought I'd type THAT phrase outside of fiction, either...) we persist in believing that a national, universal, single-payer, taxpayer-supported system with publicly-operated policy making, cost controls, etc., would produce worse results than we currently experience.

  • While millions lose their homes and continue without jobs, and our best and brightest young people are (essentially) sold into lifetime debt-slavery to become economically competitive, we persist in making issues like "the sanctity of marriage" and the precise extent to which the interests of community safety are considered in interpreting the Second Amendment, and the existence of "illegal" brown people among us, the most critical election fodder.

  • As our once-proud and world-renowned infrastructure crumbles and decays around us, leaving our bridges to collapse, our access to the Internet dependent on a cobbled-together grid of mismatched capabilities and components, our public transport shrunken to virtual nonexistence, and our education "system" an international laughingstock, we continue to debate the desirability of SMALL GOVERNMENT, by the seven Silurian sloth gods!


I swear, I'd be suicidal by this time if it weren't for my beloved esposo, DU, Occupy, Al Franken and a handful of other public servants, and the comforting weirdness of El Norte.

I do actually believe that by the time my grandson is old enough to travel abroad, it will be possible to proudly hand a US Passport or other ID to anyone, anywhere.

In the mean time, I'm keeping my head down and staying home. If I have to travel elsewhere I'm getting a Maple Leaf sweatshirt to wear and training myself to say "eh" a lot.

bemusedly,
Bright

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Hutzpa Dec 2011 #1
TygrBright Dec 2011 #2
ellisonz Dec 2011 #5
Hutzpa Dec 2011 #8
GoneOffShore Dec 2011 #3
RKP5637 Dec 2011 #4
liberal N proud Dec 2011 #6
treestar Dec 2011 #7

Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 09:48 PM

1. This thread will be sent into oblivion in

4... 3... 2... 1...

But your made very good points.

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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 09:51 PM

2. Why? And which forum is "Oblivion?" n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 10:07 PM

5. I think this is exactly what this forum is intended for.

Original posting.

In contrast to just Good Reads

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 7, 2011, 12:14 AM

8. I am loving this new toy

works fine for me.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 09:55 PM

3. Just came back from two weeks in France. The subject of "American Crazy" never came up.

When I spoke to French people we talked about the weather, the state of their politics - everyone I met dislikes Marine Le Pen and most dislike Sarko.

I do, however, agree with all of your points.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 10:00 PM

4. Good points IMO! n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 10:29 PM

6. I was in Singapore for two weeks

For the most part you should't have any problems just keep you nose clean and stay alert.

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Response to TygrBright (Original post)

Tue Dec 6, 2011, 10:45 PM

7. I've traveled and it's not really bad

People complain about their own countries, too, when you are there. They don't like their own politicians either. It seems to be the human condition.

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