Agree.If I may I would like to make some observations and I am well aware that I am an outsider to your country. Let me start with that the US and OZ are very similar but the there some subtle differences. As a friend of mine once said on his first trip out here said “everything is the same but different”. For example the cars are similar but we drive on the other side of the road.
I agree, but to a point. Here in America, we have had more and more people believing that they are entitled to a free life, or even a comfortable life, without contributing. Several state tried a program where instead just getting just a flat rate for unemployment, they could work for the state, a few hours a week, and get a bonus, not much of one, but better than the base pay. Most people worked for the state and they claimed that it was not for the extra money, but for the pride of earning the wage.SOCIALISM:
Socialism is a means of economic production as is capitalism. Neither extreme works and all countries are some where between the two. We have universal health care and unemployment benefits, is it perfect, NO, but nobody gets turned away from hospital and everybody gets treatment. The same goes for unemployment benefits.
To me it is important to try and look after those in need and not make them feel like rejects.
It seems to us outsiders to the US that Communism has become synonymous with Socialism which is not true. Communism is a political system as is Fascism.
As wilderide’s quote says,“How do you know what you know?” I realize that I only think I know what I know. If you prove me wrong on anything I say; remember this! I try never to lie, but I have been known to know something that turned out to be false.
Yes, the shit started just as soon as we became a super power. That is too much responsibility for any group of people. It has gotten worse since the fall of the USSR.CORRUPTION:
Why would a democratically elected government become excessively corrupt? Well from the outside we see people like J.E. Hoover (one SOB) who seems to have blackmailed politicians because of sexual conduct. Out here we could give a rat's about who our pollies f..k as long it is between consenting adults, as long it is not us.(which they do anyway). That's why we all have elections.
But it seems us that the US is almost paranoid about it.
If we lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katina and had we been stupid enough to stay there, we both would want a gun! Where I live; I have been through two major hurricanes, lost power for a week or so, and never once felt the need for protection.DISASTERS:
Having no experience in the US I can't say. But having gone through a cyclone, floods and bushfires I have no fear of been shot for food.
A couple of years ago my youngest girl had her house burnt down due to arson. The community response for her and four children was staggering.
I agree! We cannot say,“shit’ on normal TV channels, but a character can slaughter 50 people and few blink an eye! We cannot see a boob, but a gunshot to the head, no problem! We are so bad, that when I was a kid, into my teens, a model modeling a bra had to wear it outside a sweater!MEDIA:
One really big difference I see is in the media. We receive a huge amount of TV from the US but also from other countries and here lies the difference. An enormous amount of US programming is extremely violent, but have a real hang up sex and nudity. The reverse tends to be true from other countries. I am in noway saying that TV violence causes real world violence, but rather its acceptance as the norm is a symptom. I mean lets face it how many people do you know have murdered and how many do you know bonk?
One would think that with all the religious nuts that we have over here that we would only see G rated movies and TV shows!