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Monday, February 21, 2005

Through a Liberals Eyes

Harry Wyeth, write the U.S. is the 'exceptional society',February 21, 2005

Here we go, looking at the world through the lens of a liberal brain, American is BAD:
1. The U.S. is the only large democracy without a national health system that guarantees health care for all. All the countries of Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and even Mexico offer a legal right to medical care. The U.S. is the only country that ties health insurance to employment, thereby assuring that those without jobs may lose their health insurance.
Well anyone can get health insurance that wants to pay, it is not free. Any person can go to the emergency room and get care. In Canada the free health insurance costs each family individual over $7,000 a year in taxes. The wait for an MRI is two to six months. Most heart transplant candidates die before scheduled for a surgery.
2. America is the only large industrialized nation that has refused to endorse the Kyoto protocols for reducing global warming from carbon dioxide emissions. Even Russia has signed on to this modest effort to at least maintain emissions at their current levels while allowing some leeway for underdeveloped nations to improve their economies.
Is Australia a large Industrial Nation? They have refused to sign. Italy will not longer be a member after 2012, the impact on their economy is too great. Russia signed only to be “friendly to our European friends, President Putin does not believe in Global Warming,” said a senior staff advisor.
3. The U.S. is the only country in the world where the metric system of measurement is not generally used.
Agreed, having both metric and and standard tools to work on my cars is a pain in the butt. I remember, we were going to transition to the metric system, but the outcry was too great for our political leaders and the requirement was remove. The American people had spoken.
4. We are the only democracy that allows our president to be chosen by an Electoral College system that does not ensure that the most popular candidate is elected.
We are not a democracy, we are a republic. If the majority of the American people want a change, then we need to change the Constitution. Where is the outcry for change?
5. Increasingly, America seems to be driven by religious-motivated politics. There is one area of the world that exceeds our devotion in this respect, of course, and that is the set of Islamic "republics" dominated by Muslim zealots.
And what about our secular zealots, lead by the ACLU.
6. The U.S. is one of the few developed nations that still imposes the death penalty. The process of execution is far more costly to taxpayers than life imprisonment and does not seem to be doing much to resolve the problem of violence and crime.
What? This is a stupid statement, look at the falling crime stats on the Bureau of Justice Statistics web site here.
7. Conversely, the U.S. is a leader in violent crimes and legal access to handguns. The gun culture here is matched mainly by countries such as Yemen, Colombia and Afghanistan.
"The United States provides a valuable point of comparison for assessing crime rates because the criminal justice system there differs so drastically from those in Europe and the Commonwealth. Not only are criminal penalties typically more severe in the United States, often much more severe, but also conviction and incarceration rates are usually much higher. Perhaps the most striking difference is that qualified citizens in the United States can carry concealed handguns for self-defence. During the past few decades, more than 25 states in the United States passed laws allowing responsible citizens to carry concealed handguns. In 2003, there are 35 states where citizens can get such a permit.

The upshot is that violent crime rates, and homicide rates in particular, have been falling in the United States. The drop in the American crime rate is even more impressive when compared with the rest of the world.”
Check out stats more crime stats here.
8. We are the only sizable nation that does not have diplomatic relations with Cuba, a harmless country that could benefit from interaction with us.
It is not harmless, but I agree, with US trade, this communist regime would collapse
9. Americans are notably uninformed about world affairs, geography, languages, and different cultures. This is partly due to the geographic isolation of North America and the size of our country, but observers throughout the world have commented on the "ugly American" for decades.
Yea, we are ugly Americans until the world needs our help, then we are the world saviors. A good part of the ugly American label is justified. We travel extensively and have seen many of our fellow Americans being ugly. It is a sad commentary
The United States is a leader in some fields, including certain environmental areas, science, and finance, but mostly we are on a different track than the rest of the world. The Euro is becoming the world's most accepted currency, the dollar is losing value, and American leadership and influence are steadily dwindling. Need we wonder why?
Really? I wonder why so many people from around the world want to come to America? People around the world both embrace things American and, at the same time, decry U.S. influence on their societies.

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