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    I love OCD

    I applaud your post here because of a number of things you've said.  However, we must realize that many European countries are about the size of one of our states.  And, the social dynamics in many of the European countries and the racial/cultural make-up of many of them is FAR different than what we have in our country.  It is a little like comparing apples to oranges, really.  At least IMO.  I hope this isn't taken wrong.  

    I have spent over three years in Europe and there is a mountain of difference between many of those countries and the U.S. in a myriad of ways.  I'm sure someone will ask in what ways here and then argue each point.  But, this is just my personal observation having actually lived there with a reasonable command of the German language and so forth.

    My point is that we should be Americans.  We can't be like some European country.  We're different in just so many ways.

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 12:07:31 PM PDT

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      size and diversity of our country being an issue, but there are still ways we could improve how we handle our various social contracts.  I'm thinking a fair flat tax with no backdoors would make it possible for us to do all the things it's currently impossible to do - maintain SS and Medicare, improve education and healthcare, provide for families.

      To me it's more a question of propaganda - people have been so thoroughly twisted in their thinking that we actually can't have conversations about improving health care?  Helping the needy?  Paying a living wage?  That's just insane, if you live in a world where people count for more than corporations do.  It's perfect if corporations are at the top of the food chain, it sucks if you aren't uber-wealthy.  And it's not worse now than it was in the 1890's or the 1920's or the freaking Middle Ages, it's just maddening that we haven't evolved enough to be propaganda-proof, IMO.  

      I do have that wildly idealistic streak under my grumpy cynic cap.

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 03:39:37 PM PDT

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