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  •  "....so is much of the world" is an argument (3+ / 0-)
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    that I believe is killing us. We built this country because we felt there was worth in being better than what we had. Now, we seem to think that almost anything is acceptable as long as we can find at least one example to compare ourselves to which is worse.

    Where is the bottom in that argument? Is Abu Graib, Gitmo, and the CIA renditions acceptable as long as we can point to Syria, Egypt and wherever else and insist we're at least marginally better than they are?

    George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

    by snafubar on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 04:39:32 AM PST

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    •  Observation, not arguement. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm not suggesting anyone anywhere accept mediocraty. In fact, I would argue the opposite, that everyone work on their own problems and be more cooperative in helping each other by:

      - sharing burdens, problems and solutions

      - open our minds and learn from each other because good and bad ideas come from everywhere/anywhere

      - be humble and good, not proud

      - face reality, our situation, problems and limitations, then move on how we can

      - be persistent because it's the only way we can overcome

      - take change as opportunity, reject status quo

      If you check my comments here you must find I always argue America must open more not close, meaning, to be engaged in a positive way with the world instead of trying to control it. There are no more superpowers, survival and prosperity now mean being flexible and quick not immovable wall.

      I lived in the USA before and understand some strengths & weakness. Actually, Meiguo Ren are very fortunate and free in some ways but restricted in others. Right now the government is bad because it ignores the needs of the people so it's got to change and hopefully by correcting not falling apart as it is.

      I'm absolutely sure the USA is in for some difficult years ahead. How could it be otherwise? Japan just struggled for more than 10 years to turn a corner. China for 200 years. So what? It's opportunity: to fail or succeed. Ultimately that is decided by the people.

      You are exactly correct - do not accept mediocraty. Don't look down and say "I'm still up here" or you won't be for long. Look where you are and where you can go, then just do it.

      BTW, I think this Diary expresses what many peole think and feel, including some of my friends invthe USA.

      And some people who have the option to go wlswhere can choose that if they like,it's a personal decision. I did that myself; left home for years and then found myself back quite unexpectedly and at a historical turning point, 1989.

      I don't regret the accident of leaving or returning home. The wheel spins and we have no way to predict the outcome or turn it back.

      My curent sig line is a translation of 2,000 years old verse addapted for the present.
      I beleve it's correct.

      When harmonious relationships dissolve, respect and devotion arise; when a nation falls to chaos, loyalty and patriotism are born - Daodejing (paraphrased)

      by koNko on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 05:44:29 AM PST

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      •  sorry, i was not diparaging you personally (0+ / 0-)

        or I did not mean to.

        Your comment above is exactly the hope and genuine benevolence I wish for, I was merely channeling what a citizen of the world might think of us through one American who realizes that much of what comes from us is more bluster than truth.

        If you check my comments here you must find I always argue America must open more not close, meaning, to be engaged in a positive way with the world instead of trying to control it. There are no more superpowers, survival and prosperity now mean being flexible and quick not immovable wall.

        I do believe this is the essential hook in which we all hang on; in 2004 so many were hoping Bush's reign of arrogance would surely be turned back and somehow...Well, many of us smell a rat, and yet collectively the country shrugged again in 2004 as it had in 2000.

        It's ironic to me to hear Bush brag about how free and fair elections are the key to Democracy when he is right; I only wish such critical milestones were guaranteed in this country,too.

        Peace be on you.

        My sig line is an original quote to remind the world that when things look wrong, they actually might be, and it's time to stop thinking that things like that don't happen here. They have, and we're still fools on many levels.

        George Orwell is banging on the lid of his coffin and screaming, "1984 was a cautionary tale, you dolts, not a motivational speech!"

        by snafubar on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 10:04:27 AM PST

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      •  Corny Americans (0+ / 0-)

        Putting the situation into words seems almost corny, but I’ll do it anyway. Some Americans truly believe the nationalistic propaganda they are fed from early childhood: they actually believe there is no better way of life anywhere else in the world because they only know the United States intimately and cannot judge. It’s surely a rude awakening for many an American when the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave turns into a propagator of torture chambers. When all the lies fed to the American people by unscrupulous leaders come to light, those who once believed in the "city on the hill" are flabbergasted.  Sure, it happens in other countries, too, but some Americans thought they were something new, something special. As I said, it may sound corny, but it’s true. No wonder there are Americans who want to turn their back on the United States of America.

        Your explanation of the Chinese for America should mention that the name, 美国, Měiguó (Beautiful Country), tries to reflect the pronunciation, and the Chinese strive to use positive, attractive characters to render such a name. Therefore, I don’t think too much attention should be paid to the literal translation. If Chinese were rendering the name today, they might prefer 魅国,Mèigúo,  Demon Country.

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