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Hmmm, you'll never know until you go there.
That's right. Just don't go to the wrong side of town, that could be a disaster.
If you live in a wonderful community, if your family and friends are all good people, then your American experience will be as wonderful as the life among good people in any country. One of America's problems is that it is THE MOST violently criminal country of all developed nations. I have to go to a war zone or South Africa to find more rape and murder.
Having lived in America my whole life, I can tell you that there are wonderful communities full of good peolpe about which many lovely things can be said. That is so true.
The original post in this thread wants to know the source of all the negative commentary about the USA. The source of negativity is deffinately not a snapshot of our most idealic communities. Negativity comes from looking at some of the unfortunate realities that truly characterize the less wonderful aspects of American life.
**It's a fact that we have a huge poor class. They are part of America too. A LARGE part.
**Crime is out of control. It's not safe to walk the streets at night. We lead the developed world in violent crime. Wherever we send our soldiers, rape and murder statistics increase. Ask Japan.
**We are the fatest country on earth. While we proclaim our generous giving to all who will listen, in fact we mostly ignore the suffering of others while we pursue our simple pleasures such as drugs, sex, and video games.
**Drugs you say? What drugs? I worked on a military base in California. Because we were tested for Marijuana occasionally, 80% of the labor force turned to Methamphetamine, a vastly most destructive and highly illegal drug -- which is hard to detect. Drugs are foundation of the economy in our lower class. The majority of Americans have used drugs. Doctors, Lawyers, even our presidents have typically used drugs.
**More than any other developed country, we have a huge number of dysfunctional single women raising kids by multiple fathers.
**Every major city has at least one neighborhood that a woman could never walk across alone at night. The result of trying would likely be worse than a simple quick death.
**We claim "diversity is our strength". It's not. It's really not. Bribing the best and brightest away from other countries does enrich us, but diversity in our poor class one of the leading causes of bloodshed. Countries like Switzerland and Norway have relatively homogeneous cultures and they do great as a united group of friendly neighbors both in their own communities and in the world community. Diversity sets us apart from each other and is the root of our racism.
**While you can find some people in the previously mentioned wonderful communities that are not racist, the majority of America is racist. Watch the movie "Crash" to get a view of racism in America today.
China lives a peaceful, non-aggressive life. I wish we could do the same, and just stop
I'm with you sister.
[ Last edited by Morgezuma at 2009-11-27 10:32 AM ]