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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    Florida's more like an undesirable skin-tag.
    Florida is a turd dangling from the butthole of america

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    I'm just reading this for the first time, but what makes people think these things aren't done on purpose by at least some Americans? (Demagogues, celebrities, CEOs). I think some actually LOVE to promote the stereotypes because it is confrontational
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    Quote Originally Posted by chana View Post
    Florida is a turd dangling from the butthole of america
    What makes you say that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    [LIST=1][*]The Rest Of The World Is Not A Slum-Ridden Shithole Compared To Us - Agreed, you'll know this when you visit Detroit.
    As shitty as Detroit is, it's nothing compared to the mini-Guadalajara they've got going in the southwest Houston area where they've managed to sequester all of the Mexicans. It's pathetic, really. I've never seen anything like it, not even in the worst neighborhood of Detroit.
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    Sorry if this is way off topic, but this makes me wonder:

    What is the difference between jingoism and healthy patriotism?

    What is the difference between "a culture" and the people who comprise it?

    How can we systematically relate our experiences to what is actually true?

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    Maybe this is an inherent "fault" in the foundation of a country resting upon a philosophical basis, a "fault" dating back to the Declaration of Independence, and seen in the Oaths of Office, of Service, and of Naturalization (for immigrants) to pledge loyalty to The Constitution of the country--in essence, to pledge loyalty to its ideals and values. That maybe the natural result will be the grouping of "people who believe in American ideas" and "people who don't"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    Maybe this is an inherent "fault" in the foundation of a country resting upon a philosophical basis, a "fault" dating back to the Declaration of Independence, and seen in the Oaths of Office, of Service, and of Naturalization (for immigrants) to pledge loyalty to The Constitution of the country--in essence, to pledge loyalty to its ideals and values. That maybe the natural result will be the grouping of "people who believe in American ideas" and "people who don't"...
    I think it's more than that. There are many Americans who believe the US was chosen by God to be part of His divine plan. To those people, criticizing the US is the same as criticizing God or their religion.

    I recommend watching God In America, a PBS documentary on Christianity in the US. I found it to be quite informative and interesting.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    There are many Americans who believe the US was chosen by God to be part of His divine plan.
    I would say some as opposed to many.

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    I was thinking about this thread just now in mass, realistically does any country know about the welfare or wealth of joe average from either its reporting or entertainment programming? I know in the UK that most of the sitcoms or dramas or other broadcasting often features people who are either in "happy poverty" or who exhibit living standards that realistically wouldnt match their income or job in reality, consider Friend's character Joey, the jobbing and for the most part unemployed actor, the Simpson's huge big property, the properties in House MD even, its all a pretty fantastical protrayal. Which probably has people believing that if they dont have it so good they are the exception rather than the rule.

    I only know of one or two realistic storylines in the main dramas here in the UK which portrayed people struggling in a couple of jobs and with childcare and not managing really, they were seriously unpopular and people switched off because they thought they were depressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    Maybe this is an inherent "fault" in the foundation of a country resting upon a philosophical basis, a "fault" dating back to the Declaration of Independence, and seen in the Oaths of Office, of Service, and of Naturalization (for immigrants) to pledge loyalty to The Constitution of the country--in essence, to pledge loyalty to its ideals and values. That maybe the natural result will be the grouping of "people who believe in American ideas" and "people who don't"...
    It's the same in other countries, except there's a much deeper and longer history of ethnic chauvinism in European countries, which touches back on my ...er...unfortunate discussion...earlier in the thread, about American liberals seeing multi-cult as the holy grail, because it's really all that separates American nationalism from European nationalism, and the irrationality and denial of it is absurd.

    And maybe the reason why Americans are so loud about their patriotism is because of the lack of historic ethnic cohesion that I believe @Red Herring referred to as "subconscious chauvinism" so it becomes something that people are more externally focused upon.

    Therefore perhaps the only way to get all of these so called "extremist" Americans to shut up and agree ...would be a more ethnic or culturally based nationalism, lol.

    It's all so ironic, and I'm sincerely beginning to believe it's simply human nature.

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