Do you think American society is degrading?

  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 23, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    DavidDB said
    ohioguy12 saidI love American bashing. Especially when most are probably drinking starbucks coffee, and using a computer from an American company.

    I'm surprised nobody has criticized us for calling ourselves Americans instead of United States of Americans.


    Say you're an American anywhere else in the world and they'll most probably look down on you. It's NOT what it used to be... at all.


    All I know is when I took my Euro trip this past summer, seemed like guys got excited once I told them I was an American
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    Sep 23, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidobviously people have no life on here that they can just dribble on and on about how the US sucksicon_rolleyes.gif


    It's worse to ignore the obvious... not review options... stay here... and you and you're future generations (if you want kids) are fucked.

    It's wiser to seek out a better alternative future for oneself ... and for one's kids, too.

    (unless you want Honey Boo Boo as a daughter or granddaughter)
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    Sep 23, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
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    DavidDB said
    ohioguy12 saidI love American bashing. Especially when most are probably drinking starbucks coffee, and using a computer from an American company.

    I'm surprised nobody has criticized us for calling ourselves Americans instead of United States of Americans.


    Say you're an American anywhere else in the world and they'll most probably look down on you. It's NOT what it used to be... at all.


    All I know is when I took my Euro trip this past summer, seemed like guys got excited once I told them I was an American


    They were lying.

    They were trying to say something ... anything ... that would make the look on their face seem as genuine surprise/pleasure than disgust at the country you come from.

    It was their form of simply being polite.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    The Americans.... think about that...not "The United States"...but...
    THE AMERICANS: the other super power country.

    (Sarcasm) Fear us! We tear down relationships, blow shit up, vanish cities with only a single bomb and corrupt societies with mediocre vocabulary and arrogence.

    I did a research paper about this and people need to stop overgeneralizing; leave that to the scientists. Demographics show only certain parts of the country degrade quicker than others, not as a whole. Ever since the 20th Century we've begun to regress the knowledge we built up for ourselves over our brief existence and began thinking of more superficial feats and idiotic tasks to conquer.


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    Sep 23, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    FORTRESS saidThe Americans.... think about that...not "The United States"...but...
    THE AMERICANS: the other super power country.

    (Sarcasm) Fear us! We tear down relationships, blow shit up, vanish cities with only a single bomb and corrupt societies with mediocre vocabulary and arrogence.

    I did a research paper about this and people need to stop overgeneralizing; leave that to the scientists. Demographics show only certain parts of the country degrade quicker than others, not as a whole. Ever since the 20th Century we've begun to regress the knowledge we built up for ourselves over our brief existence and began thinking of more superficial feats and idiotic tasks to conquer.


    American's accomplished having "meaningful" conversations in less than 160 characters. Our great gift to the world. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    DavidDB said
    FORTRESS saidThe Americans.... think about that...not "The United States"...but...
    THE AMERICANS: the other super power country.

    (Sarcasm) Fear us! We tear down relationships, blow shit up, vanish cities with only a single bomb and corrupt societies with mediocre vocabulary and arrogence.

    I did a research paper about this and people need to stop overgeneralizing; leave that to the scientists. Demographics show only certain parts of the country degrade quicker than others, not as a whole. Ever since the 20th Century we've begun to regress the knowledge we built up for ourselves over our brief existence and began thinking of more superficial feats and idiotic tasks to conquer.


    American's accomplished having "meaningful" conversations in less than 160 characters. Our great gift to the world. icon_cool.gif


    As I mentioned earlier, our great gift to the world was winning the world war, not once, but twice!
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    A fact that we constantly remind other countries of...

    .. since we have few other redeeming qualities.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
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    The latter.... unfortunately.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:26 AM GMT
    smartmoney saidKeep in mind, most Americans are fat, stupid and lazy.


    Are you? Just checking.

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    Sep 23, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    To be honest, I feel pretty lucky that my family decided to come to the US rather than stay in Spain considering the current conditions in Spain are quite dreary these days. It is especially gloomy for Spaniards in my age group, most of whom are unemployed (worse than in the US) and have no choice but to seek work in other countries.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
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    str8hardbody9 said
    smartmoney saidKeep in mind, most Americans are fat, stupid and lazy.


    I totally disagree.


    then ur at least stupid

    j/k


    Since you are from LA you I guess you prove the point.


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    Sep 23, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    DavidDB saidA fact that we constantly remind other countries of...

    .. since we have few other redeeming qualities.


    Leave then. We don't want you
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidTo be honest, I feel pretty lucky that my family decided to come to the US rather than stay in Spain considering the current conditions in Spain are quite dreary these days. It is especially gloomy for Spaniards in my age group, most of whom are unemployed (worse than in the US) and have no choice but to seek work in other countries.


    Brazil would have been better.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
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    nicodegallo saidTo be honest, I feel pretty lucky that my family decided to come to the US rather than stay in Spain considering the current conditions in Spain are quite dreary these days. It is especially gloomy for Spaniards in my age group, most of whom are unemployed (worse than in the US) and have no choice but to seek work in other countries.


    Brazil would have been better.


    LOL! Well, I came to the US in the '90s. Unfortunately Brazil was not booming at the time.

    Anyway, plenty of Spaniards are flocking to Latin America these days. Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil have reported a significant increase of Spanish immigrants in the past 5 years.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidTo be honest, I feel pretty lucky that my family decided to come to the US rather than stay in Spain considering the current conditions in Spain are quite dreary these days. It is especially gloomy for Spaniards in my age group, most of whom are unemployed (worse than in the US) and have no choice but to seek work in other countries.


    Aww dude, thats awesome. Very brave, I'm not used to traveling but I guess it has to be done to get a job.

    I always thought spain was a rich country...
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    DavidDB saidA fact that we constantly remind other countries of...

    .. since we have few other redeeming qualities.


    Leave then. We don't want you


    Typical American.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:40 AM GMT
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    DavidDB said
    nicodegallo saidTo be honest, I feel pretty lucky that my family decided to come to the US rather than stay in Spain considering the current conditions in Spain are quite dreary these days. It is especially gloomy for Spaniards in my age group, most of whom are unemployed (worse than in the US) and have no choice but to seek work in other countries.


    Brazil would have been better.


    LOL! Well, I came to the US in the '90s. Unfortunately Brazil was not booming at the time.

    Anyway, plenty of Spaniards are flocking to Latin America these days. Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil have reported a significant increase of Spanish immigrants in the past 5 years.


    Yeah.. they're kickin' ass.

    And... Brazil beachfront is still affordable there. icon_razz.gif
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
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    nicodegallo saidTo be honest, I feel pretty lucky that my family decided to come to the US rather than stay in Spain considering the current conditions in Spain are quite dreary these days. It is especially gloomy for Spaniards in my age group, most of whom are unemployed (worse than in the US) and have no choice but to seek work in other countries.


    Aww dude, thats awesome. Very brave, I'm not used to traveling but I guess it has to be done to get a job.

    I always thought spain was a rich country...


    Unemployment has always been high in Spain since Francisco Franco died and democracy was restored in 1975. As far back as I can remember, it's always been over 10%. These days unemployment is ranging between 22%-25% depending on the source you find. It's also worth mentioning that areas such as Extremadura, AndalucĂ­a, Murcia, and Canary Islands have the highest rates of unemployment compared to the rest of the country. On top of that, youth make up the largest demographic of unemployment where over half of people aged 18-30 are unemployed.
  • Medjai

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    Sep 23, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 said
    DavidDB said
    FORTRESS saidThe Americans.... think about that...not "The United States"...but...
    THE AMERICANS: the other super power country.

    (Sarcasm) Fear us! We tear down relationships, blow shit up, vanish cities with only a single bomb and corrupt societies with mediocre vocabulary and arrogence.

    I did a research paper about this and people need to stop overgeneralizing; leave that to the scientists. Demographics show only certain parts of the country degrade quicker than others, not as a whole. Ever since the 20th Century we've begun to regress the knowledge we built up for ourselves over our brief existence and began thinking of more superficial feats and idiotic tasks to conquer.


    American's accomplished having "meaningful" conversations in less than 160 characters. Our great gift to the world. icon_cool.gif


    As I mentioned earlier, our great gift to the world was winning the world war, not once, but twice!


    With more collateral damage than any other country. I almost got kicked out of many places in Europe (especially Eastern Europe) when I was mistakenly taken as an American. You guys are not liked on a global scale.

    You're pretty much the bullies of the planet. You want something, you take it. If people are talking nice to you, it's like trying to placate the bully so they don't gt mad at you. I really wonder how Americans are not aware of their global image...
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidI don't see how bowing down and acting totally inferior makes you less degrading. If I were in Japan I would be considered disrespectful mainly because I enjoy joking with my grandparents, I show them respect but that is through different manners. The American culture is more flexible and despite some idiots, most Americans do show respect and honor their elders. Many visitors consider us the most friendly country. For as young a nation as we are, we have made great strides. I don't consider America degrading at all, I consider it a Western Civilization that will have lapses in judgement.



    Bowing is not a sign of inferiority, it's a sign of the highest respect, it's saying, "I, as a subordinate, give you my most vulnerable part, for I trust you." It is an offering of good faith, and a return thereof is as well - the ultimate of mutual respect. Now, is American society degrading, yes, but not exclusively. I love this country and would gladly give my life for lady liberty but there is something seriously wrong here gentlemen! Our CHILDREN (<10 years of age) have iPhones?! Excuse me but, HELL NO! We breed weakness, both psychologically and physically: the obesity rate among American children: 20% (1,CDC), and adults: 35.7% (2, CDC). This is encouraged by unhealthy fast food, and enabling society and rising health food prices. Psychologically, we do not censor our children, they see horror films at a younger and younger age, desensitizing them to violence and increasing the probability of their violent acts. Our media that has abusive and even deadly violence: internet (where the children are almost never supervised), television, music (again, unsupervised because of downloads) and even commercials. Our education requirements are appalling! The United States ranks horribly low, we're not even in the top 5. We used to be a nation of pride and strength to back it up, now we are arrogantly proud. Shame on the United States, Oprah, TLC, Censorship and parents for allowing this amazing nation to fall, but we are not alone. Obesity goes up, education goes down, take a ride on the ever falling teeter totter of society.

    1. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm
    2. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6107a5.htm?s_cid=mm6107a5_w
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    ohioguy12 said
    DavidDB said
    FORTRESS saidThe Americans.... think about that...not "The United States"...but...
    THE AMERICANS: the other super power country.

    (Sarcasm) Fear us! We tear down relationships, blow shit up, vanish cities with only a single bomb and corrupt societies with mediocre vocabulary and arrogence.

    I did a research paper about this and people need to stop overgeneralizing; leave that to the scientists. Demographics show only certain parts of the country degrade quicker than others, not as a whole. Ever since the 20th Century we've begun to regress the knowledge we built up for ourselves over our brief existence and began thinking of more superficial feats and idiotic tasks to conquer.


    American's accomplished having "meaningful" conversations in less than 160 characters. Our great gift to the world. icon_cool.gif


    As I mentioned earlier, our great gift to the world was winning the world war, not once, but twice!


    With more collateral damage than any other country. I almost got kicked out of many places in Europe (especially Eastern Europe) when I was mistakenly taken as an American. You guys are not liked on a global scale.

    You're pretty much the bullies of the planet. You want something, you take it. If people are talking nice to you, it's like trying to placate the bully so they don't gt mad at you. I really wonder how Americans are not aware of their global image...


    I never had any problems as an American living in Russia. Although what probably helped was that I spoke Russian pretty well. If anything, Russians probably treated my Chinese and Korean friends more suspiciously.
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    Sep 23, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    ohioguy12 said
    DavidDB said
    FORTRESS saidThe Americans.... think about that...not "The United States"...but...
    THE AMERICANS: the other super power country.

    (Sarcasm) Fear us! We tear down relationships, blow shit up, vanish cities with only a single bomb and corrupt societies with mediocre vocabulary and arrogence.

    I did a research paper about this and people need to stop overgeneralizing; leave that to the scientists. Demographics show only certain parts of the country degrade quicker than others, not as a whole. Ever since the 20th Century we've begun to regress the knowledge we built up for ourselves over our brief existence and began thinking of more superficial feats and idiotic tasks to conquer.


    American's accomplished having "meaningful" conversations in less than 160 characters. Our great gift to the world. icon_cool.gif


    As I mentioned earlier, our great gift to the world was winning the world war, not once, but twice!


    With more collateral damage than any other country. I almost got kicked out of many places in Europe (especially Eastern Europe) when I was mistakenly taken as an American. You guys are not liked on a global scale.

    You're pretty much the bullies of the planet. You want something, you take it. If people are talking nice to you, it's like trying to placate the bully so they don't gt mad at you. I really wonder how Americans are not aware of their global image...


    AGREE icon_exclaim.gif

    THAT'S why we have a terrorism problem. American's just don't realize that our actions caused it.
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    Sep 23, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    nicodegallo said
    I never had any problems as an American living in Russia. Although what probably helped was that I spoke Russian pretty well. If anything, Russians probably treated my Chinese and Korean friends more suspiciously.


    I can't speak for Russia, but most of the world either despises or pities the US. And the why is pretty damn clear.
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    Sep 23, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    I don't know. In my travels I found that most people are a lot nicer than the media like to portray. Of course there are bigots, crazies, radicals, and other bad apples everywhere in the world. But it's pretty easy to ignore those people since they have nothing too valuable to say. I like to think that in the grand scheme of things that my nationality doesn't mean squat in having a good time. If it does then that's their problem.