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  •  if American really stepped back (9+ / 0-)

    and looked at how we truly compare to other nations in some categories, I think they would be shocked.

    It is one reason the close of Howard Dean's stump speech back in '03 and early '04 had such impact -  some people were recognizing OMG this nation should be embarrassed.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:55:45 AM PST

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    •  Oh I Hear You (3+ / 0-)
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      I like to joke I am a liberal, liberal. Dean is the "man." The first campaign I worked on, in like 1994 was Jerry Brown. I went door to door for the guy in Lousiana and I was a "Yankee."

      That didn't work out so well ....

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:10:48 AM PST

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    •  Step Back to Where? Do You Realize How Difficult (2+ / 0-)
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      it is for an average American to know about other countries?

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:29:59 AM PST

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      •  Yeah, just a couple of clicks away. (4+ / 0-)

        Family policy in Europe? Just click here, on The Council of Europe Family Policy Database and on the sub topics.

        Of course that assumes some interest and curiosity. All it takes to remain ignorant is a sluggish mind. We have a large population dumb as a bag of slugs in that respect. Incurious and willfully ignorant fits. Hell, a survey of 18 and 24 year olds in 2006 found many could not place the Pacific Ocean!

        Pinpointing North America on a Map Is a Breeze Nearly all (94%) young Americans can find the United States on the world map, and Canada (92%) and Mexico (88%) are nearly as familiar. Wide majorities can find bordering bodies of water including the Pacific Ocean (79%) and the Gulf of Mexico (75%). Trends from 2002 suggest that more young adults can pick out Canada and Mexico (with few signs of change for other countries). However, it is concerning that one in ten of those with up to a high school education cannot identify the U.S., and one in five cannot find the Pacific Ocean.
        Yeah, how just specially positive! That means 21% of young Americans could not locate the Pacific and 25% were lost on the Gulf of Mexico!

        Oh well, we know about 25-35% of the population is dumb as a bag of slugs politically too. Oh well, a whopping 56% managed to place the Alps in Europe. We can strut with pride.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:15:38 AM PST

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        •  This would require Americans to accept (3+ / 0-)

          that our country is A country just like any other country and not some unique world where different standards apply. Compare ourselves to other nations? That's just crazy talk! Or treason! (Unless of course we're discussing our military prowess and the corresponding budget. Then comparisons are good because "WE'RE NUMBER ONE!!!")

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