Last edited by ecofarm; 07-28-11 at 06:53 AM.
The one line picked out of what was probably a minutes long rant on the subject is very damning but I would have to hear the whole thing so it was in context before I came down real hard on Beck. If what he said has been posted or linked to in it's entirety I apologize but this is a really long thread and I have a really short morning.
I USE to find it disturbing - but not anymore. I now wish, when I was a teen, I cared more about politics and was more aware and involved. In our country we have an oppsite issue: teens don't give a **** on average - and suddenly when they're old enough to vote they don't know a damn thing. And that brainless zombieism to the voter box continues for years.
The idea of young people becoming politically involved is foreign in the US - usually it's just the opposite.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Norway does what is right for Norway, as do all European nations, as does America. Its this live and let live most can't make sense of.
What works for some doesn't work for others. How can one European nation, say Norway (to stick with the topic) compare itself to the U.S? How can one American seek to represent all Americans?
We are as different as Turkey is from Wales. Just compare CA and KY. See the difference?
Having traveled across Europe, I noticed that the French seem to think of themselves as superior to the Brits, the Germans think they are better than the Italians, etc.
So why would they think that one American, one of our posters, or a POTUS, represents all Americans without being thought of as narrow minded ?
I once met a girl and her family did the same raising her. They also took her to Disney World on gay day when she was a teen, just so she could see how different people are. She was also happy her parents raised her around diverse beliefs.
Actually being serious, I totally agree. My parents did a similar thing- I went to a UCC church for the first 10 years of my life which was an experience in itself. It's a serious problem when teenagers never are educated and don't have any kind of perspective. Often when they vote it's just to vote either with, or against, their parents, which is no help at all.
But I can't say how happy I was growing up how I did... I feel that I knew a lot more about the world, the united states, and foreign countries than most kids my age. I remember going on vacation and bringing a friend, and she said it was the first time she left the state she was born in and I was so shocked by that. Later on, I found out that that wasn't very rare and then I realized my parents raised me a little differently.