from the right, some middle, and possibly some changing minded Americans...won't it be great when we can all at least agree to some degree what America is...I truly do see similarities and common ground from all perspectives, let us keep working on that...
in the mean time I am counting on some lefty here on Hubpages to post a left leaning perspective...lets start comparing and contrasting and see where we can agree
from "The Patriot Update"
"...Socio-cultural change in America was happening well before Barack Obama took office, but it was happening slowly—slowly enough that Americans became accustomed to it, just as Saul Alinsky said we would. The left has been boiling the frog, as the saying goes, and conservative Americans are the frog. But with Barack Obama in office, the left finally had a fellow traveler in the White House who would champion even their most shrilly anti-American causes. As a result, much of what conservatives believe about the American ideal has been turned upside down. Consider just a few examples of how the left has inverted the socio-cultural landscape in America:
Poverty is rewarded and success is punished. President Obama’s policies reward poverty by making it acceptable and economically feasible to remain poor. His rhetoric has turned poverty into a condition imposed on poor people by the heartless wealthy who refuse to “give their fair share.” Working hard, long, and smart to build a better life is no longer the American dream. That dream has been supplanted by an entitlement mentality that says, the government has to take care of me because I am a victim.
The president thinks he has to apologize for America. President Obama is constantly apologizing to enemies and allies alike for America’s supposed sins. In the America where I grew up, presidents did not apologize to country’s or heads of state who either hate the United States and everything it stands for or have no gratitude for what our country has done for them. In the America where I grew up, we would not have elected a president who thinks he has to apologize for our country. In the past, even liberal presidents projected pride in America because they understood and appreciated the enormous contributions our country has made to freedom throughout the world.
Achievement was stressed over self-esteem. In the America where I grew up students were rewarded for achievement, competition was intense, and grades were awarded on the basis of merit. Self-discipline, self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and hard work were stressed, not self-esteem, multiculturalism, and entitlement. Tolerance was not the bottom line issue that trumps all other considerations, as it is now. What were tolerated in the America where I grew up were such things as hard work, extra effort, doing one’s best, helping carry the load, and pitching in to help others. Failure was tolerated, but only if the best possible effort had been made and the appropriate lessons learned. Every student who tried out did not make the team, losing teams did not get trophies, and the scoreboard was not covered to keep players on losing teams from getting their feelings hurt. Life was full of little disappointments and people were expected to cope with them without whining or expecting special treatment.
These are just a few ways that the America where I grew up has changed. There are plenty of others. For example, parents used to be able to spank children who misbehaved without fear of going to jail, the 10 Commandments could be displayed in public buildings, children and their teachers could pray in school, the rights of the individual came before the rights of the government, parents believed they—not the government—were responsible for their children, owning a home was viewed as a privilege not a government guaranteed right, the government would not have dared tell parents they could not give their children raw milk, and grandma would never have been strip searched before boarding an airplane..."
I could write your lefty reply but I wont I will keep it short ignore most of the blatantly incorrect stuff and answer one point only.
Your post makes much of the USA having nothing to apologize for, my adopted mother was caught handing out pro democracy leaflets in Argentina during the military dictatorship, she was calling for free elections unfortunately for her the socialist party would have won those elections so the US backed our military dictatorship, she was grabbed off the street by armed men and taken to a military facility, there she was tortured by a CIA specialist for weeks, she was gang raped daily, electrocuted, burned and had her feet beaten to bloody pulp so the bones in them stuck out, once they had ascertained she knew nothing she was drowned in a barrel of human excrement then shot twice in the head to ensure she was dead, then she was flown out over the ocean and dumped from a plane so her body would never be found and her family could not even bury her, this was done to tens if not hundreds of thousands of South Americans with the full knowledge and material and financial aid of the United States.
You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Condor
She was among the lucky, many of the women were impregnated by the rapes and made to bear the children to be given as gifts to wealthy families who could not conceive, then murdered.
This is just my personal experience, I know there must be millions more, I am truly glad that you think the United States has nothing to a apologize for, I have gone ahead and forgiven anyway, forgiven that most of my family was similarly murdered along with my friends but you go ahead and tell me righteously how this country has nothing to a apologize for without an inkling of what you are saying.
So Cons want Obama tried for treason....on what grounds?
Meanwhile...the 8 years of Bush.....???? and? Nothing?
Clinton was pursued for all of his terms.....are we going to go through this baby behavior again?
Take care of Bush's crimes first....or sit down! A lib perspective.
80% to 90% meritocracy implementation is good.
100% meritocracy implementation is bad.
Below 80% meritocracy implementation is bad.
Yes America has changed a great deal but apologize is the last thing Obama needs to be doing. He was not elected to cleanup America's past he was elected to lead.To find solutions to problems we face today like high unemployment,war,school closings, housings,fuel shortages,and so many other problems we face. Apologizing for America's pass woes want fix the economy.
It will go further than you realize at the moment pretty much the whole South American continent is anti-American, they refuse to deal with them except at very favorable rates and they make the cost of imports and exports from the US very high, they don't allow American businesses in and they make Americans get expensive Visas to enter all of this must be costing the US at least tens of billions of dollars annually, probably more. Not to mention that it's a gesture that costs nothing but means a lot to millions of people around the world.
I was unaware that Obama signed a law requiring sports teams to cover the scoreboard to keep losers on the opposing theam from getting their feelings hurt.
What's next? Not keeping score at all?
No competitive sports?
Everyone cooperate and get along and work toward the common goal?
The horror. Obama must be stopped before he changes the national anthem to Kumbaya.
Here are some other interesting perspectives on America . . .
I'm hearing right now they are trying to privitize the postal service....again! The R's tried this years back...Issa that time too. They wanted the banks to administer it back then. Kucinich and Markey were not having it! Thank god.
What now? A business venture? cut back service, make more profit? They won't be happy until business runs the whole country....on a for-profit basis.
Anyone who doesn't make them money: who needs you?
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