sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, January 23, 2010


It's all about HOW you approach problems. The United States of America accounts for 25% of the wealth generated on the planet at the moment. People from the outside looking in wonder how we can continue to be great to spite such inept leadership. It still goes back to the attitude Americans have. Americans work harder, more hours on an annual basis than any other developed nation.

People wonder how Americans can feel secure when so many of their neighbors are well armed and supplied with ammunition. Most Americans feel secure BECAUSE their neighbors are well armed and supplied. .02% of all firearms manufactured are used in crimes. The number is statistically insignificant. Private ownership of firearms, a guaranteed right under the Constitution reflects an American attitude not held by most of the rest of the world where the government disarms its citizens. Americans have a different attitude.

There is no more generous nation on the planet than the United States of America. We're willing to help everyone, including slum nations such as Haiti, which routinely demonstrated their contempt for us over the years. Gracious assistance of others without hope of repayment is part the American attitude. There are always calls for relief of somebody else that needs help, and Americans dig deep in their pockets. 

We need to remember the attitude that it took to create our nation. We need to remember the sacrifice and blood others shed so that we can have what we do. The nation is strong because we as a people haven't simply talked the talk (and I'm not pointing fingers at the Europeans), we have walked the walk.


  1. I don't know...I think they work pretty hard in Japan and China, don't they?

    I think we should be like those European countries that get a mandatory three weeks vacation every year, no matter where they work.

  2. Surprisingly, they work LESS in Japan than they do in the US. China is less as well, to spite the popular image/stereotype.

  3. The things I really love about the USA and Americans are their generosity (freely giving money AND time to those who need it) and that can-do, hardworking attitude.

    I think we in the UK also work very hard. We do enjoy more vacation time though. I like that because people travel more and experience different cultures. Massive charity events like the Haiti Earthquake Appeal, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief demonstrate that Brits will always dig deep - I think per capita we donate as much as the USA to charity.

    I can never feel comfortable with the thought of everyone being armed. When we lived in the USA I always felt nervous when my kids went to play with new friends - did their parents have guns? were they locked up?? We lived in a low-crime area but a number of innocent people were shot by accident or in the crossfire in the short time we were there. Scary. I'd need to develop a very different attitude to accept that as a daily reality.

  4. I will never understand why we give money, food, etc. to nations that hate us. This doesn't make them love us, when we take care of them. They just hate us more.

  5. I hate to admit a reality. If we don't aid nations that hate us, others will.

    It's political and a real tax that I believe needs to be paid.


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