One thing I have noticed this century is all of the America bashing in the news. People are constantly comparing how the US is substandard to the rest of the so-called "Western World". The worst part is that most of this is done BY Americans, especially Europhiles (aka Euro wanna bees).
I think all of this bashing has created a hatred of America by a new generation that knows nothing except that we are "Evil", yet they still want to live here. See Ariana's video below where she says she effing hates America and Americans (it is not in the first video, so after watching #1, stay tuned and watch the second one) Btw, she was also caught licking the doughnuts! lol What a great person:
http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php … -with-back
If I don't like a place that I am living in and think there is another place better, I would certainly not be scared to move there. Why can't they?
Criticism and self assessment of one's country is the only way to improve it it's what patriots should do, it's a very poor citizen indeed that doesn't constantly try to figure out what is wrong and what we can improve.
No, criticism backed with action is the way to make changes. Can you tell me what she has done besides lick a doughnut and leave it for someone else to eat?
Hey she is not a politician just a person expressing an opinion, though it's about time you decide what you are talking about a meaningless celebrity or the much more general criticisms of America by everyone from economists to international agencies to run of the mill citizens.
Speaking publicly is an action by the way, indeed done properly it's the most powerful action one can take (though I admit I know nothing about this person or who she is).
I used her as a representative of her generation, although she is famous. But I had to choose this because it is not like reporters would write an article about some random kid in a doughnut shop who says he hates America.
"Speaking publicly is an action by the way, indeed done properly it's the most powerful action one can take"
You can say that 100 times, but it still won't make it true. Speaking publicly is just complaining out loud. It does nothing if you don't back it up by some action. Sorry
If you can't name a dozen speeches that irrevocably changed this country you aren't well read. Just by speaking.
You don't want to make that mistake and align yourself with the "Love it or Leave it" crowd. She is not representative of this generation, just one celebrity that has aired her opinion, nothing more.
As Josak says, there is a middle ground between accepting the status quo and not addressing America's shortcomings and saying that you hate the country and want to leave. Most seriously reflective people are somewhere in that vast middle. Because at either pole are found only extremists.
I never said "Love it or Leave it". But I do question someone who would live somewhere if they don't like it. A person only has one life to live, so why not go somewhere that makes them happier? Most don't because they are afraid of change.
I am from a small town. Most people there bitch and complain about small town life, yet they never go anywhere. I moved all around the country and even lived in NYC. When I go home to visit the folks and I would usually see an old classmate and we would talk about our lives. When they found out I lived in the Big Apple, they would always say "Man I wish I could live there!". I would always say "Why not?" and they would mumble some things about not being sure.
Now I live on the beach because that is what I wanted to do. I would hate to live my life wondering "What if?". I love where I live. I didn't before, so therefore I left it. I guess in essence I am saying "Love it or leave it".
Yes, but I think more people don't just simply move because they are in a rut, employment, family, etc. There are complications it is never as simple as picking up and moving.
We live in a small town setting now, with deer and antelope in the back yard and I love it. I have lived in the shadow of large metropolitan areas and can say that I have been there and have done that. Experience teaches one to recognize the effects of the "grass is greener" syndrome when one sees it.
I would like to visit NYC, which I really haven't had the opportunity to do yet. But, I did live in metro LA, which is more than I willing to tolerate now that I have a choice.
Having travelled through 47 of the 50 states in the last 20 years, I know that there is no utopia anywhere. There are negatives wherever you are, it is just a matter of taste as to finding the place with the negatives that are the least troubling.
We lived on the Big Island of Hawaii, in a virtual paradise, and believe me people continually found something to bitch about. It is almost human nature
Now that we are on the subject, this is how I like to select my ideal place to call home...
http://credence2.hubpages.com/hub/Looki … sweet-spot
Not having to be concerned about being gainfully employed when deciding where to live is most liberating. It is a big country and there is plenty of room under those circumstances.
It sounds like we both have moved and traveled extensively, so we both know about the grass not always being greener, but a lot of people don't and they never will because they don't take the chance.
I will definitely read your hub when I get a chance. Thanx
Ariana Grande says...
""I am EXTREMELY proud to be an American and I've always made it clear that I love my county (sic)," Grande told FOX411 in a statement. "What I said in a private moment with my friend, who was buying the donuts, was taken out of context and I am sorry for not using more discretion with my choice of words."
The 22-year-old explained she was frustrated by "how freely we as Americans eat and consume things without giving any thought to the consequences that it has on our health." She admitted that she should have "known better in how [she] expressed [herself]," but seeing the doughnuts reminded her that the "United States has the highest child obesity rate in the world."
"We need to do more to educate ourselves and our children about the dangers of overeating and the poison that we put into our bodies," she added."
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/20 … mi-lovato/
Thanks for clarifying the event.
America is the envy of the world. And, there are millions of people (maybe even billions) who would trade everything they own for what Americans take for granted: An American Passport.
The good old standby "It was taken out of context"!
I guess you also believe that she was pulled from singing at the MLB All-Star game because she is recovering from wisdom teeth surgery.
I was doing a keg stand after I got my wisdom teeth pulled and surgically removed! lol
I didn't know anything about Ariana Grande until I read your thread. I had to Google the name to find out who this person is. Frankly, I do not feel one way or the other about Ariana, and do not care to do research or to listen to any videos to form an opinion. I just posted part of the news article just because.
BizWhiz, I do not know the story behind the wisdom tooth surgery you are referring to. But, I do know that many people do die after and even during wisdom teeth surgery or extractions. Just saying.
I agree on all counts. I was just having a bit of fun with this. Maybe it is more because of celebrities making news more than important news making news that really gets my goat. Thanks.
I haven't watched tv news since September of 2013. At times for old times sake I suppose I think I miss IT but then I think again. From what I hear tv news is pretty much a joke these days, and one sided and which side depends on which channel is on.
The news should report the "important news" and stop trying to be entertaining. Thank you!
If I like the place I am living I want it's citizens to have an *accurate* understanding of the state of the nation, which is not always #1, and a desire to improve their lot and that of their fellow citizens.
And one of the issue with America that it is considered at all significant that a drunken young celebrity may or may not have mumbled something in a donut shop.
Did you watch the video? She definitely said it. That was no mumble.
Btw, I agree that this should not be significant. I am tired of seeing these people on TV, although I am afraid I contributed in this case by looking at the article. I am tired of looking at the top story of the being what a Kardashian ate and with whom.
But then the Supreme Court is in a position to watch itself and look what it did.
So, whats wrong with hating America now anyway?
Never-the-less, we have to focus on the true spirit of America, not the anti-spirit.
Consider the source...she's an airhead pop singer who's barely old enough to drink, so she's not exactly a fountain of wisdom.. People are too hung up on what uninformed celebutards like her and the Kardashians say and do..
I am more appalled that she licked a doughnut she had not purchased than by her silly words. She's a kid.
From Donald Trump to Ariana , Clint Eastwood to George Clooney , they as celebs should really just "close their pie holes " especially given that the youth of celebrity-ism bears about zero wisdom anyway .
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