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05-18-2012, 10:31 PM
Great White North
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Re: Proud to be American?
If you were an American, would you be proud to be one?
Yes, despite it's MANY faults the United States is still one of the most free and developed societies on the planet.
As Hanson put it,
We are free, hold elections, tolerate dissent, are religiously diverse, and demand a level of clean water, sewage, honesty in government, and basic utilities not found elsewhere. Americans are a naturally generous people, who are open, friendly, and industrious and so reflect the decency of their culture. Americans judge people on who they are and what they do, not where they came from, what God they worship, or where their parents went to school. The daily squalor and random cruelty of the Third World are mostly absent here, and we are far less cynical, conniving, and dour than the grim European utopians, whose social network is subsidized by an American military that patrols their fairyland Shire like Aragorn's quiet stealthy rangers.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating: Mexican intellectuals damn us as their own dispossessed risk their lives to cross our borders; Palestinians cheer news of 9-11, but are furious they can't fly out of Tel-Aviv to reach Brooklyn or Detroit; Canadians dub us culturally imperialistic as everyone there from Peter Jennings to Neal Young and Dan Ackroyd seeks fame and fortune in America, even as Haitians think us racist as they die trying to float in through choppy seas. A mad, mad world it is.
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We have invaded Iraq who had little to no affiliation with the 9/11 attack. Our government contradicts itself, and our own constitution isn't straight forward. America has been a show off ever since WWI.
There was nothing wrong with the invasion of Iraq, save the fundamental lack of planning.
Saddam Hussein was a homicidal dictator responsible for genocide, less than such fine individuals such as Pol Pot and Stalin only by his smaller number of victims.
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