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Good evening to The United States of Apathy. You are a province that arrogantly parades yourself to the rest of the world as a place of freedom, equality and democracy. Yes there is a world outside your borders. Yes we know you think your better than us. Yes we are sick of you’re sh*t and it wont be tolerated much longer.
Your clock is ticking.
There is nothing free, equal or democratic about your country or even your fragile society.
You are a province that came from such promising beginnings, yet you have grown into a filthy orgy of consumption, corruption and crime. Your forefathers would be ashamed.
But you don’t need us to tell you that, just look outside of your air conditioned apartment. There are no birds singing, no jolly faces. War veterans with missing limbs, lost fighting to protect your "freedom". Homeless, jobless, begging to make a living. Policemen beating, shooting innocent citizens because of their skin pigmentation. Teens not making it to see their 21st birthdays because they eat to much McDonald's. Millions of inefficient engines getting a mere few miles per gallon, pumping thousands of tones of pollutants into OUR atmosphere.
The rich getting richer. The poor getting poorer. The fat getting fatter.
This is how we see you, and you wonder why you have so little friends?
Your people want you to wean out terrorism in you’re precious land. Your answer? Bomb the Iraqis! Hang the leader! Torture defenseless prisoners! Convince the mainstream everything is OK! Your people want out of Iraq and have for a long time. You are still there; loosing sons, brothers, fathers, limbs, lives, wives and for what? Democracy? Justice? Oil? You cant even seem to help yourselves. Don’t get us started on your aid attempt in New Orleans, we'll just say that we bet the response would have been "different" if the disaster was, say, in LA.
Your people want this, your people want that. All they seem to get is the bill for your mistakes.
In a world that is becoming increasingly conscious of your choices, I would advise you watch your steps, as they are being analyzed by the rest of us.
Apathy is bliss.
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Name: Blok Inc. New Zealand
Country: New Zealand
Experience With US: Have lived in the United States
Many people are angry with you for instigating war in the Middle East and for acting like the world's police. I see your arrogance, but let's take a few seconds to reflect at what you've done for the world. I gather three major contributions: 1) Your charitable act toward third world countries, 2) Your initiation in reserving this planet, 3) Your effort in preventing another holocaust.
Before I proceed, I must clarify that when referring to America, I am talking about the people and not just the government itself. It is evident that America has by far poured more money in assisting world's disasters than any other countries. For example, America had assisted victims of the Indonesian Tsunami in 2004 but what have America received from the world when the Hurricane Katrina struck? During the Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 event, America united and assisted each other. There are those who contributed money and those who contributed man power. Such events are self-evident that America is generous by heart. I must admit that there are con artists who swindle citizens during bad times but there will always be a bad apple in the basket.
By far, I've seen more American environmental activists than any other countries. Look at the policies and guidelines that the government has imposed upon companies. It is harder to establish a manufacturing company in America than elsewhere because of the rules and policies. I am not speaking about how effective these policies are; I am just merely pointing out that America has made environmental factor awareness.
Many people are calling America arrogant because she is aggressive in her own ways. I remember NATO was formed to prevent another holocaust but I see that NATO hasn't met up with its initial goals. Members of the NATO wait for America to act as the world police while they sit back and watch. I remember reading a book about Italy selling weapons to Iraq and terrorists while America is at war.
I can see that the world looks at America through the immaculate lens. Let's face it, America can strive to be perfect but perfection can never be achieved. In conclusion, I think America is still the best country to live in. America is more charitable, environmentally friendly and self-righteous than any other countries that I've lived in.
About the Author:
Name: The Eagle Spirit
Experience With US: Currently Live in the United States
I have your answers : why Americans do nothing about their government:
The reasons why Americans are not doing anything is because they are complacent. They need a real tragedy to directly create change in their lives. They need to be physically hurt or their families before any action will be taken.
To be in-convenienced for a long period of time.
Things first need to become inconvenient, Americans thrive on convenience. If for a longer period of time their personal lives, daily commute to work, gas prices, prices of beef go up and become problematic then they will start being inquisitive and seek guidance.
Until then Americans will do nothing. There is no real risk for them, their lives won't change dramatically, the corporations protect their gas prices making sure that they remain complacent about global warming by making their beloved SUV's still affordable enough to drive around in. SUV's make Americans feel big protected and important and powerful. Also buying American trucks makes them feel patriotic.
Also as long as the oil and corn industry in the US remains strong so will factory farming remain strong and global warming will become worse. Factory farming is subsidized by corn, corn in return is subsidized by the government which in turn is run by the oil corporations of the world.
As long as beef and meat products full of hormones are cheap, Americans have nothing to complain about, and you bet the US government will make sure that their complacent citizens will not know or hear or really care about what is going on in the rest of the world as long as:
Gas prices don't go up too high, beef and meat remains cheap, Walmart remains cheap (Americans don't care that stuff is made in china) as long that it remains affordable and convenient.
Also young people just want to go about their lives, if you want to make Americans care you have to re-instate a draft (not going to happen because the US does not want people to wake up).
That is why nothing is ever going to change this government, because it will make sure that the people of the US can keep living their convenient lives without much change.
People do care but it takes time and effort something most people don't want to invest their spare time into and until their lives are totally impacted and given a detour they will not make an effort, it has to impact them directly.
Generally people who have family members who die of strange diseases eventually set up charities or start creating organizations to help others suffering from what their loved one died from, the same goes for people who start animal shelters and rehab facilities for drug addicts, in one way or another they were personally affected.
We Americans do care but your life is not our life, yes some of us have relatives over there in the military, but they are only over there because they hope to come back alive and get $40,000 in US government grants to maybe be able to go to college and forget about their wasted time in Iraq or where ever they are sent to. Most of the men/woman in the military are just 18, are too lazy to really get a decent job, going to the military forces them to just follow orders and not be in control of their lives, it's again finding a convenient escape to the harder life of writing resumes back home to work at McDonald's or Pizza Hut.
By joining they feel they are doing something patriotic and that they won't be made fun of by their friends and family, because if they do join; their families and friends can't really make fun of them because then they in turn would be unpatriotic. So it's a temporary escape for most of them, it's not serious for them it's a short stop in life for them being in a foreign place. As long as they have a base nearby that are ok.
WE care but we're too lazy to do anything about it, except better our own lives, like the rest of the people in the world.
About the Author
Experience With America: Currently Live in the United States
It’s hard to write to a nation. I think it is important to take time to get used to emotions, who you are how to relate and cope with differences. It’s really important that INDIVIDUALS are constantly aware and open. Otherwise democracy is easily victim to forms of totalitarianism and thinks like a [illegible] wave.
The America democracy is not usual. I really LIKE the idea that a president can’t run for more than two terms. That idea should be in all new democracies. But two party politics is prone to some evils, especially when the setup is such that the richest party wins and takes bribes from various pressure groups. How can that be smart? I get the impression that these pressure groups are big industries like oil, Tobacco, Weapons, but I’ve also seen that the Jewish lobby groups are strong. Suddenly you are in wars that are supported by three of these lobby groups. But what does the average American get out of this? And what does the world get out of this?
I should remind you that the United Nations was the brain child of America. It has its flaws, works slow but it is the ultimate democracy. In a modern world America will need to be more and more part of the western world. This requires some sacrifices and attitude changes. But in the long run the alternative is to be left behind. And there is a danger of becoming a nation stuck in self love and scorned by the world. What a shame. There is no reason for that. In relation to the world, America is tinny, and such a rate will be disastrous.
In Europe America is seen as a cultural and environmental thing. Not big and not smart. America’s energy usage per person is many times greater than the worst of the Europeans. It will cost to repair that, but there is no logical alternative. There is not a scientist in Europe that understands how America can undermine worldwide efforts to correct very real and dangerous environmental problems of global warming. It’s an arrogance against nature that will come back and hurt you and the rest of the world.
It’s easy to talk about political differences but I feel also invited to say something about cultural differences.
There doesn’t seem to be willingness to take a punch in the states. Somebody sneezes on you and you see some dollars and sue. The end result is some crazy balance where reality and authority have nothing to do with each other that is dangerous.
In America money means to much. Money is just supposed to be a grease to oil the cogs of society. The goal should be to participate well, not just to get rich. Happyness is much more than that.
There is a culture of consumerism. People spend too much time cultivating meaningless whims, buying on impulse following fashion minute by minute and throwing all the old stuff away, even though it is ok. Identity is not what you do for others but how much you have consumed for yourself, so this culture presumes. Somebody has to produce all this stuff, since the consumers don’t produce as much as they consume. Who is it? Who gets the rough end of the deal?
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