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Kim OHara wrote:
BuddhaSoup wrote:Kim OHara wrote:
Free healthcare and everyone not packing heat? How will our for-profit medical cabal make billions, yet deny cancer treatments to a young mother? ? How we will shoot each other over an argument over a parking space? Next thing you know you Aussies will make us import these lousy critters http://carlaspeaks.files.wordpress.com/ ... ngaroo.jpg
Kim, it's sad but true. The US has jumped the shark...just this week in Illinois, they announced a backlog of permit applications for concealed carry (handguns). That means thousands of people want permission to carry guns wherever they go. The US has completely lost its collective mind, and I'm thinking of exporting my children to Australia or Ireland just so they don't have to live in a country where people carry guns, waiting for an opportunity to start shooting. Crazy, crazy, crazy country, we are, in some ways.
Even so, you have wallabies running loose everywhere....
Kim OHara wrote:I have been thinking for years that most of the Americans I meet are nice but that American society and its political system are not. I don't know what went wrong but I'm sure the first step to fixing it is for Americans to see America as outsiders see it, because it's painfully obvious that the view from the inside is like the view from inside the asylum: it looks "normal".
Not spot on, not without a great more commentary.lyndon taylor wrote:Living in America, I could ask you the same question SDC, Kim seems to be spot on........
I am not offended by most of your comments. Simply, I am not interested in engaging the less than nuanced understanding of American culture and politics that has just been expressed.lyndon taylor wrote:You are the one that said we have an uppity black man in the White House, And yet you seem offended by our comments??
Here you make my point. You may have been here for 45 years, but there is much you do not understand. I am not calling Obama an "uppity black man." I am simply pointing to an attitude that is usually expressed by the epithet "uppity ______" but since that is seriously less than polite, I will not say it. This attitude of what I am pointing to is often what is left unsaid by those who are expressing the unfortunate and inchoate racism and fear of change that is finding rather overt expression at present in our political landscape.lyndon taylor wrote:Obama is no more an uppity black man then Bill Clinton and George Bush were uppity white men, my experience is most "uppity" black men want very little to do with white men, which would seem just the opposite of our president.
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