Let's review, shall we?


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Excellent post

Laura, thank you for this excellent post. It should be required reading for all red-blooded Americans. Even for all pink-blooded or light-blue-blooded Americans.

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Posted by Ralph (not verified) on 4 June 2005 - 1:35pm
Dude, applause.

Dude, applause.

I'm Australian. This list is pretty much how you guys are coming off to the rest of the world. Your stock is seriously plummeting among your average person over here. I have a T-shirt that simply states, "America is Scary". You wouldn't BELIEVE how many comments that gets me in the street. People stop me just to agree - I had a woman chase me a block to ask me where I got it from.

I lived in North Carolina when I was 13, and we took the summer vacation to fly to San Francisco and drive all the way back. I loved the States. The people were kind, friendly, humourous and good-natured. Now what we see is jingoistic moral absolutism. And it's SCARY. As a bystander unable to affect anything, and having to swallow my own conservative government kissing your asses, it is absolutely, positively TERRIFYING.

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Posted by anonymous lurker (not verified) on 5 June 2005 - 7:39pm
not that I'm bitter

I want one of those "America is Scary" t-shirts. I live in Seattle, WA - I *probably* wouldn't be shot or beaten for wearing it. *Probably*.

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Posted by elynne (not verified) on 6 June 2005 - 3:24pm
Mmmmmm, we're not the only ones...

Australia, eh, what's the name of your prime minister? John Howard? Wasn't he a firm advocate—and Australia a member of--"the coalition of the willing"? And, say, didn't he also side with George W. Bush on teh Kyoto Protocol and, until very recently, the "myth" of global warming?

And, wasn't your conservative government elected by a conservative populace, much like us morally absolute, jingoistic Americans?

And were there several two-bit countries who did not feel compelled to kiss the U.S. ass. Like, France, Germany, Russia and Canada? Of course , none of them are currently dumping surplus wheat on Iraq for big dollars (which, by the way, are coming from the U.S. through Iraq).

Might it be that you all down under have the same disease as U.S.?

Now that's TERRIFYIING....

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Posted by anonymous lurker (not verified) on 13 June 2005 - 12:28am
What you don't see

Is that most of us are either actively opposed to this kind of crap, or too damned depressed, apathetic, dispirited, disillusioned or intimidated to do much of anything about it. That's why a 60% turnout of eligible voters in a presidential election is considered huge.

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Posted by media girl on 5 June 2005 - 9:01pm
I can only reply, "yep". It

I can only reply, "yep". It sure seems it.

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Posted by Michelle (not verified) on 5 June 2005 - 9:10pm

What I'd really like to see is a list of this type compiled by conservatives against liberals--see if their view of our values stacks up as Obviously Insane as our view of theirs. Also what kind of counter-argument they could come up with against this list...

On the other hand, maybe I just don't want to go there.

Good list, though.

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Posted by Zander (not verified) on 6 June 2005 - 4:04am

You forgot some:

1. If you're poor, it's because you're lazy. Being lazy is a sin -- it's almost as sinful as abortion. Therefore, being poor is sinful.

2. If you're rich, it's because you work hard. Working hard is a virtue. Therefore, if you are rich, you are a virtuous person who is righteous in the eyes of God.

3. Sins that a born-again Christian might indulge in (like premarital sex in a heterosexual context) are not nearly as bad as sins that someone else might indulge in (like premarital sex or sex outside of marriage in a homosexual context). (BTW, from a liberal Catholic perspective, these are exactly the same sin.)

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Posted by Dawn (not verified) on 6 June 2005 - 10:58am
Poor II

Dawn - Great points. I would push it further and say that there's a deeply held idea that if you're rich it makes you a better *human being*.

Which, as we all know, is a load of shite.

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Posted by Sour Duck (not verified) on 18 June 2005 - 4:51pm