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Originally posted by sono_hito at 2009-11-29 03:45
What country has cities without questionable neighborhoods? lol. This "huge poor working class" in the US are some of the richest poor in the world
hito, you should not be so defensive. I didn't say that America is worse in some way. The topic is "what is the true America", and the question has been raised that perceptions, reputation, and reality don't seem to match up exactly. So I was pointing out some of the points that are often overlooked when we consider, "what is America like", "what would my life be like if I lived there"?
I took care to point out that Wiseoldlady is correct about the wonderful environment in our good neighborhoods. However, many less fortunate people don't consider those pleasant neighborhoods to be 'the real world'. In their experience, the real world is much closer to the streets. It has been pointed out that a majority of Americans are one crisis away from poverty. They have enough today, but they are waiting for their next paycheck, and if that doesn't come, they can't pay the rent. Or if they trip and hurt their back, or lose their job, etc. Some people can survive for an extended period on unemployment, but there are many millions who don't have that protection. Millions who don't have jobs at all, millions who are wage-slaves without any unemployment, health care, or other benefits. I am not saying that America's poor are poorer than the poor in other countries, I'm saying that the true picture of America is not seen on the TV show called 'Friends', or ''Seinfeld'.
America's poor may have a big TV and an old clunker to drive. They may also enjoy drugs, alcohol, and lots of oily food. Our poor are fatter than the rich people in other countries, yeah, I agree. I don't mean to say our poor are poor, I meant to say that the ugly side of America is extremely ugly. We are the most violently criminal of all developed nations. EVERY major city has a bad side of town. In that area if a mild, innocent, and well-dressed girl was stranded by some accident and had to walk through that area at night, she would be fortunate if she was only raped, or only killed. If less fortunate she might be held prisoner in a basement, tortured and pimped for a few months until dead.
Let me say yet again, America has good points. Those good points help to make a good impression of America. Sometimes foreigners will come to enjoy the lifestyle they've learned to be "the American way of life". Sometimes they find that their children get corrupted by the lure of drugs, sex, and a lazy irresponsible lifestyle. It is not unusual for such immigrants to regret their choice and miss their homeland. The regret comes from finding the reality of America is far different from what you see on the massively popular feel-good shows that often set the world's impression of American life.
The poor in some countries have no TV, and no car. However, they can live an honorable life and raise their children in a neighborhood free from drugs and violence. That's not the case in America. In the USA, a poor family with good character will have a hard time protecting their children from ever-present threats if they have no choice but to live in a poor neighborhood.
As I said, America has more violent crime than any other developed country. Violent crime killed 40-50 times as many people at home than we lost in Iraq. That is to say, we kill 40-50 times as many Americans as our enemies do.
Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity 365,000
Microbial Agents 75,000
Toxic Agents 55,000
Motor Vehicle Crashes 26,347
Adverse Reactions to Prescription Drugs 32,000
Incidents Involving Firearms 29,000
Sexual Behaviors 20,000
All Illicit Drug Use, Direct and Indirect 17,000
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Such As Aspirin 7,600
[ Last edited by Morgezuma at 2009-11-29 05:19 PM ]