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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by jkcerda, May 6, 2017.
how accurate is the meme?
I was offended by the use of the term midget.
I think there are three distinct parts to America: the people, the land, and the government. It's not so much the people or the land they take issue with, it's the government. The government of a country dictates policy and most people have a hard problem decoupling the government policy from anything else associated with the country. It's sad.
Another factor, IMO, is that different nationalities may have different psyches and almost no-one understands this or makes allowance for it. For example Americans are highly self-confident. (Often to the point of hubris and loud mouthed vulgarity). Russians are paranoid. History probably has much to do with it. This leads to erroneous assumptions.
Awaiting flaming for non-pc opinion...
In my experience, it's not just and American and Russian thing. It's mostly Western culture versus Eastern European culture. I have cousins who move to US from Eastern Europe and in the beginning they all think that everyone is out to get them, can't trust anyone and there are no honest people anywhere. It's because that's what they are used to back home. A lot of shady stuff.
Here we go again....political correctness.
Ok....let's say person of less than average stature. Small handed perhaps? Or maybe...compact in size? I know....space saving and fuel efficient.
We prefer "fun sized"
Think it started with Ghengis Khan, Bonaparte, Hitler and never improved much
Govt rules thanks to the people , so it's difficult to separate them
Any size is fun as long as you use it correctly.
Was the Empire really that bad?
spot on, and Renz would have been just as funny.
I actually saw this firsthand when living in Australia 20 years ago. Back then and even now, while we consider ourselves as the superheroes of the world to be patriotic, it is seen more as egotistic and overbearing, as we subscribe to a false sense of belief that we have the best quality of life, when we do not.
It really opened my eyes because up until then, I subscribed to that belief. then when I went overseas and saw our country from the outside looking in, I felt rather embarrassed and ashamed, because other countries are doing a hell of a lot better than us, and without the egotism, hedonism, and outright foolishness that we portray to other countries. I can see why people look at us with disdain, even if we don't see it ourselves. The silver lining in this is that we know we should and can do better.
There is a hint of truth in Rage Against the Machine's music, and we just aren't seeing it.
The information is outdated. That's how we saw Americans when they re-elected George W Bush, but under Trump it's more like this:
My word. The lack of sex education in some red states shows.
Not sure the meme is quite correct. The common stereotype I see of Americans is that they are more paranoid than most and are quite out of touch beyond their shores. I also get the impression some Americans think the rest of the world wishes they were them and I've seen that echoed on here numerous times.
Governments are generally voted in based on general elections, which offer limited choice of scope and breadth. What a government does next is beyond the control of the people.
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Countries external to the USA offer limited impact to the country and that's generally why you don't see a lot of Americans that concerned with other countries. Your latter point is more about the USA being the land of opportunity. It's not about being Americans but having access to the opportunities. Where else in the world are there as many opportunities as the USA? Certainly not a contracting economy like England.
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I don't live in England either. You backed my point up though, thanks.
It's a compliment! Don't you watch Game of Thrones?!
My PSA for those outside the U.S., if you're a private American citizen then get out and stay the hell out of North Korea.
Um, the bottom image is probably closer to reality, but you need to work on your polling choices.
Should I go to hell twice?
Sadly I do not watch patriarchal content like that.
Never, not even once.
I was more offended by "Got to hell". Either this was a (racial?) abuse of the English language or unnecessary bragging of your travel schedule to a person of restricted growth.