Not to start any fighting on this board but let me try to explain what I had said earlier. I know what I say might be offensive or some don't understand it since I'm an American, but I'm just saying it because this is what I have learned from living here and from traveling.
When I said that Americans don't understand why folks don't believe in the same thing as we do, what I meant by that is that Americans tend to think that the rest of the world should think about freedom and what it means. What I mean by freedom is how equal everyone is treated and such, can you speak your mind freely, and so on. We want everyone else to think the same as we do but if you examine us closely then you will see that we're a bunch of hypocrites.
First of all, we're supposed to have freedom of speech but yet we get so upset when someone says something so un-PC. Some things may not sound nice but under the Constitution one has to right to say those things.
Secondly, we're not equal in this country. There's still a lot of discrimination going on. As they say, if you're not a rich white man than nothing is going to be easy for you. No matter how hard we try to break down the barriers, some folks won't change their ways.
Thirdly, we're a country that consumes the most and we also have, if not the highest then one of the highest, crime rates. With all the violence that we have, people think guns are the answer. We're a violent country.
That is just a few things. Not all Americans are like that. Some do tend to observe the world around them and learn and see that we have problems. Not to say that this is a bad country because it's not. It has problems just like everyone else though most folks want to ignore 'em.
A few interesting tidbits...when France didn't support Bush's decision to go to war, a lot of folks, and I do mean a lot, got upset. So upset that instead of saying French fries, you had to say freedom fries. Anything that had the word "french" in it had to be changed to "freedom." I, for one, still said french fries because that's not a creation of France.
Ok. Now to a more pleasant things....
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