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Jul 23, 2006

I have to wonder if people see their own hypocrisy...
I see posts and letters from people that talk about being "world citizens" and not hating people because of who they are and where they were born. This is all well and good, but I've noticed that many of these same people carry a lot of ill will towards one group of people- Americans.

 This morning, I saw a note that mentioned the "possibility" of a "Yankee friend" calling to boycot America. I realize that was meant as a joke between two people, () but I'm going to risk being told I'm taking things out of context and use that as a tangible example of why I hate labels and extremes.
Let's assume someone does use a generalized label (ie Yankees, or come up with your own example) and asks us all to boycot America because of the "war", etc...and they are serious (which based on the extremes I see is very possible). I would take offense to that for a few reasons. First of all, if you really want to take it all back to American Civil War lingo, I would be considered a Rebel rather than a Yankee. Proudly born and raised in the South, I embrace the civility and hospitality of my Southern roots while at the same time despising the fact that many in the South are still prejuduced. Secondly, I find it annoying that those who talk about living without borders seem to mean that they embrace all except the "bad Americans". I strongly disagree with most of the situations and things that the administration has done and is doing, but I don't believe that there has ever been a truly squeaky clean administration...not just in America, but all over the world. I hope those who cry foul on America incessantly here online are applying those same efforts to their own countries as well as those that surround them. Last of all, hypothetically speaking, how does one go about boycotting their country of origin while still living in it?   Stop buying American products? Much of what is carried in stores here (at least where I am) is from other countries anyway.
More seriously though, how does one really work to bring about change in their country's leaders and administrations? Protesting? Administrations worldwide routinely prove that protests and petitions make only minimal dent in the surface.I already write letters and make calls to my Senators and Representatives and, while they are very open to my points of view, they also have their own views and can back theirs up as well as I can back up mine.  I vote acording to my view of who is going to do the right job.  What else can I do? Please enlighten me...

The whole point of  my rave is that I am sick of the hypocrisy that I see. No, I don't approve of most of what is going on. Yes, I am an American. No, I am not ashamed to be an American and I am not friendly to the hypocritical mindset that claims to live without borders except America.  Does this point of view qualify me to be a "bad person"? I leave it to each of you to judge...

Again, I do not believe I have taken anything out of context and I ask others to do the same. It just happened to be something that caught my eye as a good example of what I see every day and why I believe we need to stop pointing fingers and start activly working towards solutions for our current problems and situations.
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Posted: Sunday July 23, 2006, 5:25 pm
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Don R. (25)
Sunday July 23, 2006, 6:25 pm
Very well said.. :)

John Davis (215)
Sunday July 23, 2006, 6:25 pm
I agree with you Christi. Since America produces next to nothing, what can people in other countries boycott? As for Americans boycotting America, how can they do that? Not go to jail for not paying their taxes? You are absolutely correct. It is senseless hypocracy. Now here's another good one: Who gets hurt if we boycott Wal*Mart? Not the US (except the wage slaves who work there)...No, China gets hurt...Almost everything sold there is made in China...Even the American Flags! Don't believe me? Read the lables!
China should be boycotted, but right now, with their enforced family planning (one child or death) policy, they are the Darling of the Old Paradigm Liberals here in the US.

Keep up the good writing, Christi...

Christi B. (147)
Sunday July 23, 2006, 7:21 pm
I made a few changes in the blog after posting it...sorry if I confused or misled anyone

Erica D. (75)
Sunday July 23, 2006, 7:46 pm
I think that it is okay to dislike the general population of a country (I, for one, dislike most Americans (I am an American, fyi.)). However, I do not think it is right to say such statements as "All Americans suck," as you have not met all Americans, so how do you know that maybe a couple don't "suck"? The same principle can be applied to people of all nations.

Christi B. (147)
Sunday July 23, 2006, 8:09 pm
Erica...Thanks for posting.
You see, that's just my point. Disliking someone because of where they are from or because of that country's gerneral M.O. is utterly least in my oppinion. As you pointed out, how are we to know who the good and bad people are (your example- "all Americans suck"). Based on published numbers as well as the outpouring of oppinion in editorials and on the internet, many (if not most) Americans are ready to end all this "war" stuff, yet they are still viewed based on what our leader believes. That gives a very skewed view of the diversity of views and beliefs on a variety of things here in America.
I understand being fed up with the general trends of a particular society, but that is different than not liking someone because they just happen to be from a country whose leaders don't always make great decisions.

Dian T. (603)
Monday July 24, 2006, 10:10 am
Well sweetie, that was very well written and makes one think.........

Damyanti Ghosh (14)
Sunday July 30, 2006, 8:32 pm
There are good or bad people in all nations, and most administrations leave much to be desired. You are right, one should never judge people on the basis of where they come from. I have an American friend who is working in an NGO in Afghanistan, she is one of the nicest girls I have ever met. And I worry for her as much as I would worry for any Indian friends!

People need to get over their petty differences and hypocrisies, and try to contribute the best they can to making things better around them.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 31, 2006, 11:26 am
WELL SAID! I couldnt have put it better myself!

Inge Joergensen (132)
Friday August 4, 2006, 3:39 pm

Rinie Cassteele (47)
Sunday August 13, 2006, 1:00 am
At the risk of sounding like a religious fanatic.
The bible states you have to choose be a good person or a politician.
To me this says it all.
No people in no country should be generalised.
But all politicians are equally evil and have been throughout time.
Your gov sucks and mine sucks to.
I think everyone who looks at their gov in a critical fashion will say their gov sucks to.
We used to have nobillety sharing the riches amongst themselves and now it's politicians sharing the riches amongst themselves.
We stick different labels to the jar but it's still the same jar essentially.
Good people and bad people come in all shapes sizes colours and nationalities.
There's a good chance of walking into either kind everywhere the mall the booksore and the internet.

Great post good job.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 14, 2006, 8:50 pm
I was taught that if you aren't part of the solution then you are part of the problem. That is very true for anyone from any nation, religion or political viewpoint. I am American, I love this country and the freedoms we are given and like it or not, we have more than most... we are fortunate but not always perfect in the political arena. I for one though do not judge one man for all the wrongs in that area either... it took more than one administration to get this country in the shape it is in now and will take more than one to get it fixed if that is at all possible. Between wars and natural disasters there has been alot going on these past 6 years... don't you agree?

Past Member (0)
Monday August 14, 2006, 8:51 pm
I meant to tell you this is a great post Christi...

Sri Subramanian (7)
Monday August 28, 2006, 11:21 pm
maybe embrace Lennon's philosophy: Imagine no country, imagine no religion?

I don't mean a borderless, cultural wasteland, his words point to something else...whenever we humans organize a group of people, be it corporations, countries or religions, we mess it up.

The powerful, egotistic and unjust rise to the top, the others lose interest and drop out or give up fighting.

America is the biggest of the big and the pop cultural giant (with Hollywood), so, if you believe the logic, it is the one which is getting the most flak.

The solution? There's the rub. I too am an American. From the south ;) well actually, orginally from the global south. And I don't have a solution. Have to live with the angst, while protesting injustices, and doing what one can.

Actually, I do have a suggestion...if we all live light off the land, that's something. We won't decrease America's copious consumption perhaps, but at least, we will live within the framwork of our values.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 31, 2006, 6:13 am
I had received a similar post as you speak of several weeks ago from a "friend" on here and replied asking what exactly they expected me to do to boycott my country. I was given silence as a reply. I occurs to me that many people live in a forwarding mode. They don't really read and consider what they are sending on to others and how it may affect them...what it may actually mean. Thank you for taking my feelings I had expressed in an abbreviated form and putting them down so elloquently. The rest of the comments on here are well done as well.

Heba Hosni (4)
Saturday September 2, 2006, 1:10 pm
''pointing fingers'' this the clue. the world eternal problem is ''pointing fingers'' and not observing their own mistakes

Purrfect Storm (139)
Tuesday September 5, 2006, 11:53 pm
Kudos, Christi! I saw the same note and wondered about it and whether it was real or "funny," too. You did an excellent job on making many valid points that I agree with 100%. Keep it up!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 11, 2006, 9:46 am
I only wish that my photo would have shown when I made my first posting.Having said that..I cannot disagree with you.Its is so true and its so prevailent in so many countries.for example, Malaysians themselves really need to check their inner values...and as you so aptly put it..
we need to stop pointing fingers and begin thinking of ways to tackle current social,moral problems and try to embrace each other instead of balming each other.

susan c. (0)
Friday September 15, 2006, 5:30 pm
We certainly have our share of problems here in America, but by far I would rather live here than anywhere else in the world. I agree with so much said in this post. I just happened in and don't usually reply to blogs, but this one caught my attention.

Because humans are not perfect, no country can be perfect either, but we can work towards that unattainable goal, and see progress we wouldn't have seen had we done nothing.
Much of the hatred towards us is jealousy, but some of it may be justified, and we must look within and change what is wrong.
If I as an individual begin getting flack from others, I always look within to see if there is any justification for their bitterness and anger. If not, I can go about my business with a clear heart and mind. But if, after an honest and painful introspection of my own spirit and behaviors I find that I need to change, then I change. I do not want to be an annoyance, and I do want to be a better human being worthy of my citizenship.
Indifference and apathy have always been the enemies to goodness. It's not so much the bad that others do that causes so much grief, but the indifference that allows it.
Bad can never survive for long among an atmosphere of love and caring. Surely, as this website proves, there is power in numbers. I would like to believe we have learned from the past at least somewhat, and that we are willing to look within our own hearts and make necessary changes to create good in our world.
I believe there is far more good in our world than bad, and that it is only the voices of the many good ones that stand between us and our self-destruction. Call me a dreamer, but I have been called worse, and am more than willing to live with being called that.
Life is so short, much too short and precious to be caught up in the hatred and greed of the minority, who for so long have simply had louder voices and bigger pocketbooks, which in turn gave their voices more volume. I believe that is changing however slowly or gradually, it is nevertheless changing. We will likely always be despised by some embittered soul or group determined to hate life in general. That'll just have to be their problem. As for me, I'm living life and inspiring good positive change however I can. I believe in great joy is great strength, and a joyful spirit is unbreakable. Don't let 'em steal your joy. Nobody's worth that. -susan, author

Kerry O. (0)
Thursday September 28, 2006, 11:43 pm
Christi, I totally agree with you about hypocracy but please consider this. The readers of this may not believe what I am about to say but I swear it is totally true. I was requested by the UK government to look at the effect of Islamic extremists in the UK and infiltrated a recruting network, because of what I discovered a very senior police officer in the UK has told the extremists that they can do what they like to me and my children and there will be no consequences, one of them bragged this to me when he told me he and his friends could gang rape me. One of the staffers of the local member of parliament (MP) tried to arrange for my eldest son without my knowledge to be in a deserted house after dark with one of the extremists, the same extremists whose relatives murdered my sons friend because he went to the police about their drugs dealing. The same person also tried arranged for two paedophiles to rape my youngest son when I was giving evidence against some of their activities 100 miles away. The police officer was challenged about the permission to do anything to us without consequences in writing and he did not deny it. My youngest son also has had to be withdrawn from school because extremists assulted him in class. I am a widow and the two cats brought for my sons when their dad died were killed and their bodies were dumped in a plastic bag on my door step with a note to stop working the other intelligence gatherer. A senior judge gave my details on court documents to an extremist to be put on a jihadist web site so a bounty would be put on my head. The group had already killed a solder on leave from Iraq. If you want to know the information they don't want to get out, it's that lawyers and judges here in the UK are making a lot of money from facilitating terrorism financing and if it got out then the legal system here would be undermined and the extremists even own MP's.Your country is not perfect but it is better and safer than the UK. I am trying to get refugee status for myself, my family and the other intelligence gatherer from UNHCR in America because no bull we are in danger, with no place to turn. Some people knock America, but for us it would be paradise just to be safe, and to know my children are safe. If we are lucky enough to get to the US all I want to do is work with animals in a pet shop or on a farm, not much to the readers of this but after the things I have witnessed I don't like people in power too much.

ed Angus (0)
Thursday October 5, 2006, 7:10 pm
responses welocme.
Form the the white british middle class @

Dagadon W. (1)
Tuesday January 9, 2007, 8:03 am
You for sure have a point Christi!
I think people have difficulty in separating real people from politicians and political decisions. People have been doing this, and continue to do so where I live - Germany - for 60 years.

The German folk, past and present, are not responsible for what the rulers of their forefathers did, many of the german folk at this time were also being victimised and badly treated by their own rulers - but it never stops the racism, even in the well meant petitions that are hosted on care2.

I find it interesting to hear people say that they're not racist, who in their next breath spurt out a racist comment:
e.g. I watched a tv program a couple of days ago about the position of black people in the community. A woman being interviewed was asked if she was racist - she answered with no. She was then asked if she agreed with mixed marriages - her answer was no ... ?

It would be nice if Mr. Average Citizen1 could see Mr. Average Citizen2 and realise that he bleeds too.

Cal Jennings (24)
Friday August 24, 2007, 5:56 pm
Hear, hear! The same could be said for those who attack real Christians because of the way that Bush and the Christian Right portray Christians.

Love, Hope, Peace, & Christ Be With You,


Past Member (0)
Sunday March 2, 2008, 4:11 pm
I agree. Everyone wants to point fingers and call others "bad" but nobody wants to work out a solution. I've tried to start respectful dialogue with others of differing points of view, my way of doing so is asking questions about their point of view. For the most part, it's successful, until others who don't think the person with the opposing viewpoint should have the chance to have their say step in.

There has to be a way....... If two people can talk to each other, why can't everyone?


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