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5/3/2014 4:34:04 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I assume you are addressing those of us who are not American? Ok.

I like Americans. They are good people. Americans come here all the time on holidays, and they are always welcomed by the locals. The American culture of freedom I don't really understand, and your media seem to be very adept at kicking up a scandal, which is annoying since whenever we hear news about America its always through the eyes of the local American news services and it always has something really negative to say about America or Americans in general. I live in Australia, and after doing some brief research on this topic, have the understanding that Australia is one of the few places which still has high opinion of America. Europe has become mostly anti-American as with Russia, which used to be quite pro-American after the cold war. All in all, my opinion of America is positive, as is most of my fellow Australians.
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5/3/2014 4:54:55 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 4:34:04 AM, Smithereens wrote:
I assume you are addressing those of us who are not American? Ok.

I like Americans. They are good people. Americans come here all the time on holidays, and they are always welcomed by the locals. The American culture of freedom I don't really understand, and your media seem to be very adept at kicking up a scandal, which is annoying since whenever we hear news about America its always through the eyes of the local American news services and it always has something really negative to say about America or Americans in general. I live in Australia, and after doing some brief research on this topic, have the understanding that Australia is one of the few places which still has high opinion of America. Europe has become mostly anti-American as with Russia, which used to be quite pro-American after the cold war. All in all, my opinion of America is positive, as is most of my fellow Australians.

Its not mutually exclusive to people outside of America.

I think a lot of the Pro-American sentiment in Australia stems from mutual cooperation in the past. For example, Australia has a history of helping both the British and Americans in time of conflict. Actually, you guys have offered tactical and strategic aid in about every conflict the US has ever participated in after WW2. '

Because of this, Bush H. declared you a MNNA. All your arms, training, and some of your military funding comes from the US budget. I think this strong alliance developed into strong sentiment.

It might also be the fact that Australia can't criticize US actions without criticizing its own. America had a much better reputation before the Iraq occupation, which is when things turned downside.

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I once read that Australia has different groups. Some that want stronger ties with the US and some that want stronger ties with Britain, and they often fight. All I can say for sure, is that Australia takes a lot of its culture from the US and especially Britain.

Opinion polls show half of your country wants the monarch eliminated. I can't blame them. It seems like she will always be Britain's queen first and foremost.
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5/3/2014 5:10:43 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 4:34:04 AM, Smithereens wrote:
I assume you are addressing those of us who are not American? Ok.

I like Americans. They are good people. Americans come here all the time on holidays, and they are always welcomed by the locals. The American culture of freedom

I might as well give you a few examples of american freedom through a series of memes....

http://cdn.arwrath.com...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com...

http://global3.memecdn.com...

http://media.lehighvalleylive.com...

http://boomersint.org...

http://weknowmemes.com...

Basically we get our dck's hard on founding fathers, explosions,liberty,hot women, patriotism, and lots of bald eagles. Everything that's awesome, but not exactly practical. People might not like it, but that's the culture we developed for ourselves.
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5/3/2014 10:57:32 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
America's generally great too it people, which are generally great, and has lot of great things. It also screws the rest of the world over, which kind of sucks.
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5/3/2014 11:45:49 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 10:57:32 AM, HPWKA wrote:
America's generally great too it people, which are generally great, and has lot of great things. It also screws the rest of the world over, which kind of sucks.
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5/3/2014 2:00:51 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 10:57:32 AM, HPWKA wrote:
America's generally great too it people, which are generally great, and has lot of great things. It also screws the rest of the world over, which kind of sucks.

I agree with HPWKA

Nice place

Nice people

Kind of screw up everyone else now and then, which kind of sucks
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5/3/2014 4:24:48 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 1:54:52 AM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Keep it brief people

I have traveled only to a select few countries throughout my life as a born and raised American citizen. Several Caribbean islands and then a few countries in Europe. I am aware of the differences between a first-world country and those that are not from personal experience visiting a few and will say that it is a blessing to live in America. Although our system is not perfect, there are many conveniences and privileges that are afforded as an American citizen rather than for those who are not.

On the flip side, when I spent a summer in Germany I didn't want to leave. So it seems that being raised in America has caused me to desire certain things that are only found in developed nations. As a citizen, I don't always agree with my government or the manner in which certain laws are carried out or practiced. I've lost faith in the voting system and usually find that neither presidential candidate really encompasses all my views which also tends to distance me from the two-party system that currently dominates in our democratic society.

While understanding that our military spending is more than all of our allies combined, I support it because I hold the view that we are all in a perpetual state of war over absolute dominance of this worlds resources and other avenues of allow for power and control. Since I am American, I support that decision while also disagreeing with how we apply that spending and where we send our troops. Currently, I would not like to see us get involved with the Ukraine issue by sending troops.

I also don't like our financial system. At this point, our federal reserve is based on an oil standard and I don't like anything commodity based to be used for such purposes. Printing money is also a major issue though, so I can't really provide a solution which kinda sucks because I don't like the situation. Inflation is a good though overall and if printing money at an exponential rate helps that, then so be it. This is, of course, only until we develop a means to wipe out the debt - which I believe will occur once the Amero hits the market eventually.

I would like to see Tesla technology overcome the current monopolies that exist. Free energy > profits for the corporate overlords when considering the end result. I'd also like to see our dependence on oil drop significantly. Fracking as a solution hasn't been proven as safer than anything else. Anyone that disagrees can come down to the Everglades in my neck of the woods and see the damage for themselves, or travel to the Appalachian mountains to see water coming out of sinks that can be lit on fire. It's disgusting what these "solutions" are doing.

Racism is also an issue that still exists in America. I'd like to see that end. But it won't because it is still so common in current pop music lyrics, laws being enacted and this new type of reverse racism where anyone is justified to be racist as long as it isn't white people. I also don't like the damage that popular culture is doing like Disney movies that use subliminal messaging and perpetuating a false sense of "princess-hood" in girls and "villain or good guy" roles for men. They also cause damage by always painting adults as fools which leads to puffing up the ego's in children. They perpetuate a nature of duality which does nothing but destroy, we need to instead focus on synthesizing our differences and transcending beyond such outdated methods of thought.

What else, the phenomenon of celebrity-hood is absurd and totally due to Hollywood. We are placing way too much emphasis on the illusion of a desirable life when in truth almost every celebrity ends up breaking down or admitting at some point in their career that they would rather be a normal person. This also leads to the nonsense Illuminati hype that's currently overtaking popular culture. Americans are way too focused on distracting themselves from issues instead of focusing on ways to solve their issues. Still waiting on the next court case focusing on a crime that is committed on a daily basis but for some reason is getting extraordinary coverage. It's so ridiculous and says alot about the general populations intelligence when such things gain so much popularity. Sports... ughhh. Distractions and nothing more.

Obama administration are freaking professionals at burying issue upon issue. They have done more things in his terms than any other president in the past, and yet the news spins one major story after another. Major media outlets are horribly biased and refuse to accurately report real international news. The corruption is astounding. Generals being fired at a greater rate than any other presidency, freedoms being tossed out left and right, IRS targeting, fraud, corporate cover-ups like GM recently, and ultimately being a lap-dog for George Soros.

Overall though, I've yet to find another place I'd rather live aside from Germany. I plan on visiting Bhutan, China at some point and also Switzerland. While in Switzerland I will be taking the trains all over, so I will have a greater perspective once that happens. For now, I'm content living in America. Will I find my wife here? I don't know. Will I raise a family here? I don't know. At this point, I am open to continue exploring the world for more places that would better suite my tastes.
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5/3/2014 4:25:49 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 1:54:52 AM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Keep it brief people

I couldn't keep it brief, your question is extremely loaded when thought out fully. Even my answer is lacking in my opinion.
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5/3/2014 8:04:01 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 4:25:49 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
At 5/3/2014 1:54:52 AM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Keep it brief people

I couldn't keep it brief, your question is extremely loaded when thought out fully. Even my answer is lacking in my opinion.

Loaded as in negative, or loaded as in unlimited possibilities? As I told Swimmdm, American Sentiment varies greatly based on where you are in the world.
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5/3/2014 8:23:36 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 8:04:01 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 5/3/2014 4:25:49 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
At 5/3/2014 1:54:52 AM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Keep it brief people

I couldn't keep it brief, your question is extremely loaded when thought out fully. Even my answer is lacking in my opinion.

Loaded as in negative, or loaded as in unlimited possibilities? As I told Swimmdm, American Sentiment varies greatly based on where you are in the world.

Loaded as in unlimited possibilities. My outlook I shared above is based on my experience as an American citizen, and by "lacking" I meant basically that I go could so much more in-depth and really should if I am to accurately and fully share my opinion.
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5/3/2014 10:56:39 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 5:10:43 AM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 5/3/2014 4:34:04 AM, Smithereens wrote:
I assume you are addressing those of us who are not American? Ok.

I like Americans. They are good people. Americans come here all the time on holidays, and they are always welcomed by the locals. The American culture of freedom

I might as well give you a few examples of american freedom through a series of memes....

http://cdn.arwrath.com...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com...

http://global3.memecdn.com...

http://media.lehighvalleylive.com...

http://boomersint.org...

http://weknowmemes.com...

Basically we get our dck's hard on founding fathers, explosions,liberty,hot women, patriotism, and lots of bald eagles. Everything that's awesome, but not exactly practical. People might not like it, but that's the culture we developed for ourselves.




you forgot guns and obesity.... Shame cube for you!
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5/4/2014 4:29:35 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 11:04:51 PM, Conservative101 wrote:
Best country in the world. Seriously, what place is better?

New Zealand. The land of the free.
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5/4/2014 5:04:03 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/3/2014 4:54:55 AM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 5/3/2014 4:34:04 AM, Smithereens wrote:
I assume you are addressing those of us who are not American? Ok.

I like Americans. They are good people. Americans come here all the time on holidays, and they are always welcomed by the locals. The American culture of freedom I don't really understand, and your media seem to be very adept at kicking up a scandal, which is annoying since whenever we hear news about America its always through the eyes of the local American news services and it always has something really negative to say about America or Americans in general. I live in Australia, and after doing some brief research on this topic, have the understanding that Australia is one of the few places which still has high opinion of America. Europe has become mostly anti-American as with Russia, which used to be quite pro-American after the cold war. All in all, my opinion of America is positive, as is most of my fellow Australians.

Its not mutually exclusive to people outside of America.

I think a lot of the Pro-American sentiment in Australia stems from mutual cooperation in the past. For example, Australia has a history of helping both the British and Americans in time of conflict. Actually, you guys have offered tactical and strategic aid in about every conflict the US has ever participated in after WW2. '

Because of this, Bush H. declared you a MNNA. All your arms, training, and some of your military funding comes from the US budget. I think this strong alliance developed into strong sentiment.

hmm? We have our own defense budget, which is quite large, though not American large. I personally have not seen any US troops before. They always train in the north, in Darwin. The northern territory makes for good war training imo.

It might also be the fact that Australia can't criticize US actions without criticizing its own.
Indeed, our policies are also quite similar compared to Europe.
America had a much better reputation before the Iraq occupation, which is when things turned downside.

Agreed. The Iraq war was the first conflict that separated the military ideals of Aus and NewZealand. Aus went with America, NZ went with the anti-war crowd. A very contentious issue.

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I once read that Australia has different groups. Some that want stronger ties with the US and some that want stronger ties with Britain, and they often fight. All I can say for sure, is that Australia takes a lot of its culture from the US and especially Britain.

Yeah, this is incorrect. There isn't any debate over which country we should have stronger ties with. Our strongest tie lies with New Zealand. We are so close in every aspect that even internation terminals at the airports have a separate area to process Aus-NZ passengers, which does not require customs checks etc, much like an interstate flight. Other countries that we identify closely with include America, Britain and China.

Opinion polls show half of your country wants the monarch eliminated. I can't blame them. It seems like she will always be Britain's queen first and foremost.
These opinion polls are misguided. Nobody wants the monarch eliminated. The debate is more on whether or not Australia should become a republic. The main thing stopping the republican movement in Australia is the widespread loyalty to the current crown, Elisabeth II. A large portion of people would in fact support a Republic if Her Majesty's reign ended. The majority current stands in vast favour to the monarchy, but the monarchy and a republic are different things. Many people who support a Republic also support the monarchy. It's an interesting debate here which isn't really contentious but has existed for a very long time, nearly 150 years.

Speaking from the viewpoint of someone who is more familiar with the opinions of the younger generations, the anti-American sentiment that exists very strongly in Europe and Asia was initially resisted in Australia, and didn't really go anywhere. When Barack Obama came in, opinion of America went up considerably, which says something given the opinion of America here was already pretty high. The people who visit Australia from America no doubt play a part in the high opinion of Americans here. Obviously every country has its idiots, but since those idiots are scarcely seen in Aus, the public opinion remains high.

Recently however there was a lot of astonishment at the murder of Chris Lane. It was a very big shock and made national news for quite a while, partly because it was quite unexpected, and partly because murders make news in Australia, but mostly because it happened in America.
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5/4/2014 5:56:24 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
I generally like America, and like Americans presuming that they nice, polite people (the basic criteria for me liking any person). As long as a person has a sense of decency, who cares what country they are from? I have often found Americans very friendly and yet encountered many who are hostile. I think the country itself does need to withdraw from its 'declaring war on every country' policy, and that is what the American people, and the world really wants. But overall I think its a pretty decent place, and I could live there.

The only annoying thing I find about America is that Americans themselves can be pretty blunt (often too much imo), and that many seem to be under the delusion that they are oppressed by their government when they clearly have no idea what an oppressive regime really is. I have even seen someone claim that living in America is like living under a Nazi regime... But hey, generally I like Americans.
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5/4/2014 7:22:22 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 5/4/2014 5:56:24 AM, Zylorarchy wrote:
I generally like America, and like Americans presuming that they nice, polite people (the basic criteria for me liking any person). As long as a person has a sense of decency, who cares what country they are from? I have often found Americans very friendly and yet encountered many who are hostile. I think the country itself does need to withdraw from its 'declaring war on every country' policy, and that is what the American people, and the world really wants. But overall I think its a pretty decent place, and I could live there.

The only annoying thing I find about America is that Americans themselves can be pretty blunt (often too much imo), and that many seem to be under the delusion that they are oppressed by their government when they clearly have no idea what an oppressive regime really is. I have even seen someone claim that living in America is like living under a Nazi regime... But hey, generally I like Americans.

I can get behind with most of what your saying. In America, we hear daily from the ultra-conservatives that were living under a police state, commie regime, or anything else that doesn't fit their 1845 image of the world.

As for how you sum up our personalities, I think your doing a fair bit of generalizing. America is a large place. It has beaches, jungles, swamps, deserts, forests, plains, mountains, tundra, ect. Actually, I would go as far to say America has one of every terrain on earth.

In these different areas, diverse cultures and groups have developed. For example, live in the east coast cities and you'll see a lot of talk fasting brash people, kind of like you were talking about. In California, you'll see Mexicans, Africans, Plastics, and all different kinds of groups all merged together.

People need to take this into consideration when criticizing the US. We can not come to decisions as easy as some people want us to. Usually were either hurting or upsetting one culture group. In Britain, I assume your size gives you a more universal culture. We can not claim that in the US.

Being the minority country of the world (We have a large insert minority american group in every city) , we likely wont even have a majority of white people in the next hundred years. Because immigrants tend to be more liberal, the recent uproar has ignited a massive split in our country, on whether we go to the left or the right.

Personally, I would go with the Progressive government that Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea have, which I find as the perfect supplement of both sides, but this is unlikely. Our current congress wont get anything done, and yes, it is the republicans fault.

We have had 55 votes to repeal obamacare, but I don't believe one vote on immigration reform (A vote that WOULD get passed if brought through) was held. This has been going on in other scenarios as well. A standoff which is impeding progress. Bill goes through senate, and bill gets turned down in house. I wouldn't mind the republican party turning down the bills, but not when all of them have majority support from the population. GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!!!

Sorry, the whole above paragraph was off topic, but on my mind. What I'm trying to say, is that our deadlock of ideas has made us various enemies, and has only been able to keep us with neutral opinions in our allies. Every time a conservative policy is implemented, opinion polls in Britain go up. A liberal policy, and our polls go up in France.

I do feel good things await America though. 2/3rd's of America identifies as democrats or independent liberals at last survey, so the house will have to defend their house seats with all of their wallet. As for the presidency, their is no realistic way Chris Christie will win office (Or any of the other unpopular candidates). Most conservatives will admit this, so Hillary is a shoe in for president (Most will admit this also).
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5/4/2014 11:48:48 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
My only interest is in commenting on US foreign policy. There's little doubt that the US has become an aggressor pariah nation and that makes my opinion completely negative. What the US does internally with/to it's people is of little concern to me as there's not much else I can do but try to make Americans aware of how they're being taken to the cleaners by the ultra wealthy.

As for anything else about the US, I can think of nothing that Canada could do to improve itself by taking the US lead. Leaning more toward Europe and it's progressive and socially responsible standards is much more in our better interests.