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Is the U.S. Crazy?


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Freya
- 1493 days ago - alternet.org
Americans who live abroad -- more than six million of us worldwide (not counting those who work for the U.S. government) -- often face hard questions about our country from people we live among.



   

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roxy H (350)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 4:09 pm
Answer - YES, and this new congress.. WORSE
 

Christeen A (299)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 4:17 pm
Mostly.
 

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 4:48 pm
wise queries here...even my buddy Chris Christie is mentioned
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 4:51 pm
For some reason yes. I'm not that old but it has definitely taken a crazy turn
Thank you Freya
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 14, 2015, 7:13 pm
Yup but the US isn't alone.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 2:19 am
Basically we think you don't have deeper values.
And to come to the point to judge you for this, means that we have. - that was Dimitri's ironic humour :)
 

Mike M (40)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 5:16 am
Yes it is and it is helping intensify the stupidity and craziness throughout the world. Although some of the other world are taught to be that way by zealous and egoistic leaders who laugh and use those people without a thought
 

. (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 6:14 am
The gun laws are crazy.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 7:28 am
Yes, since this administration has been in, I'm thinking positive that things will change for the better.We have a Pres. who denies there is a war against terrorists, how crazy is that .
 

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 7:50 am
Thanks so much for posting! Noted.
 

pam w (139)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 8:30 am
Notice those who NEVER MISS A SHOT at our President?

I've traveled a LOT internationally and I know this---we're no ''crazier'' than any other nation. We're just more open about it. Now--is the ''religious right'' crazy? YOU BET! Are the ''right wing Republicans" crazy? Sometimes, yes.

Are ALL humans ''crazy?"

Sadly....yes. But....environmental changes will soon reduce our numbers and POSSIBLY give us a chance to begin again.
 

Birgit W (160)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 12:32 pm
Very good question. Thanks for sharing this excellent article with us Freya.
 

Joanne D (37)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 12:48 pm
Everyone is crazy. It's in a way a little like a time capsule, hearing from other nations. The real oddities come over time, though, as C.S. Lewis used to point out. There are things (please don't ask me what because I'm just as locked into today as anyone else) that Ted Cruz and Elizabeth Warren agree on that in 100 or 200 years everyone will feel "How could they think that??!?!??"
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 1:13 pm
Crazy ?? YES !!!!!!
 

Roslyn M (30)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 2:53 pm
I don't think crazy is the right word for it, very "anti-American" in a number of countries, sorry to say, but true.
 

Elizabeth o (51)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 3:14 pm
It's beginning to look like the answer is yes. Many US citizens idolize warmongers and ridicule peacemakers, want give welfare to big corporations and begrudge the poor any help, and make laws to protect the fetus but once the children are born don't care what happens to them--sounds kind of crazy to me.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 3:36 pm
They are quick to condemn the United States but if a world war would break out they would expect the United States to save their ass.
 

Thomas M (8)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 3:45 pm
YES
 

S J (130)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 4:55 pm
noted with thanks Freya.
 

Kathryn Mitchell (8)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 5:25 pm
Yes, but I don'r think that ALL of America is crazy. Definitely we need to elect more moderates into elected offices, but that means we need to get more level-minded people to get out to the polls to vote. There is a general sense of apathy that I've noticed. Hopefully these next couple of years will be a wake up call for the sane Americans to get out and vote. l
 

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 5:28 pm
Gun Laws are outrageous
 

Walter F (129)
Thursday January 15, 2015, 7:03 pm

Thanks Freya.My only criiticism of America.is it lacks a welfare state.For some reason so many of you oppose free education and free medicare.You don't appear to like any form of socialism .I prefer our system of government to yours .I don't like your presidental system you have too much authority vested in one person
 

William Moorman (22)
Friday January 16, 2015, 3:28 am
Yes, see Care2
 

Janet B (0)
Friday January 16, 2015, 8:35 pm
Thanks
 

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Friday January 16, 2015, 8:51 pm
Hope that people from other countries know that many Americans ask the same questions and are baffled as they are. Thanks Freya.
 

Fran F (116)
Saturday January 17, 2015, 5:45 am
Here's some background on why the U.S. acts "crazy," for anyone who might have reached the conclusion that ALL Americans oppose universal single-payer health care, free college education, the growth of clean energy, and other benefits of social democracy, which I and many others strongly favor. Polls taken around the 2014 elections showed that a majority supported and voted for progressive legislation such as gay marriage rights, availability of birth control and abortion, legalization of marijuana, stricter gun laws, and demilitarization of police. (Source: Thom Hartmann.) Unfortunately many potential voters didn't vote in the mid-terms. Ultra-right-wing billionaires have for decades poured fortunes into destroying American democracy and making the society as unjust, dangerous and racist a society as possible, and once again have set up legal impediments to voting by the poor, the young and people of color. The conservatives were helped along in this by the failure of many voters to recognize the importance of the mid-terms in electing a Congress to support the President's agenda.

Further back in history, the conservative clique began to increase their efforts to control the political process after the decisive electoral defeat of Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election, when right-wingers were a joke in much of the U.S. But this elite came into control with the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan and have propagandized their agenda at a financial level their opponents have been unable to match. Here are a few of the domestic "highlights" of Reagan's administration. (I won't even go into his traitorous "arms for hostages" negotiations with the Iranian government, which lost President Carter the 1980 election, or his murderous record in El Salvador.) He rolled back taxes for billionaires, increased taxes at lower income levels, and lulled some into thinking that economic prosperity would "trickle down." It didn't. Wages have in fact been stagnant, and now decreasing, ever since. (Americans now work longer hours that any other nation in the developed world, and often operate at high levels of exhaustion.) Reagan illegally failed to enforce the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, an effective hedge against monopoly capitalism. He threw out the Fairness Doctrine for media, which had ensured free and equal political advertising and equal coverage to differing political points of view in news reports. He defunded school civics classes, which had strengthened public participation in the democratic process, and which I consider one of his most egregious actions. The Reagan administration was the point at which things started to go downhill. not that there haven't been other low points in subsequent presidencies. One family central to the right-wing ascendancy is the Bushes, and another is the Kochs. Fred Koch, an oilman, was a founder of the John Birch Society, famous for its paranoid fear of communism. Fred's son Charles was also a Bircher, who later learned to express his bizarre ideas in a "friendlier" way. See Amy Goodman's "The Kochs' Anti-Civil Rights Roots: New Docs Expose Charles Koch's Ties to John Birch Society" at

www.democracynow.org/2014/7/8/kochs_anti_civil_rights_roots

Thanks for posting this article, Freya.




 

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 17, 2015, 12:22 pm
It's called a Nazi coup. Say it! Own it! Defeat it!
 
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