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I like America
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1.       vineyards
1954 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 02:04 pm

There is no denying America is the mightiest, the most technologically advanced country with a highly efficient society and institutions.

My childhood hero was Zagor (Te-nai), I pursued him in search of new adventures in Darkwood Forest and laughed at Chico.

Since childhood, I have always wanted to visit the places depicted in Mark Twain's books. New Orleans with its Jazz music, Yosemite as recorded by Ansel Adams, LA Lakers basketball team, street basketball and the presence of many more opportunities in this giant country fortify my love towards it.

Well, I don't like the US Foreign Policy, I hate the US Defense Doctrine and I protest invasions of sovereign nations. When a country acts like that others protest that loudly and fervently, I am just one of those people; not an Anti-American...

2.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 02:07 pm

Quoting vineyards:

There is no denying America is the mightiest, the most technologically advanced country with a highly efficient society and institutions.

My childhood hero was Zagor (Te-nai), I pursued him in search of new adventures in Darkwood Forest and laughed at Chico.

Since childhood, I have always wanted to visit the places depicted in Mark Twain's books. New Orleans with its Jazz music, Yosemite as recorded by Ansel Adams, LA Lakers basketball team, street basketball and the presence of many more opportunities in this giant country fortify my love towards it.

Well, I don't like the US Foreign Policy, I hate the US Defense Doctrine and I protest invasions of sovereign nations. When a country acts like that other protest that loudly and fervently, I am just one of those people; not an Anti-American...


I'm with you on that Vineyards. It's a beautiful country and the most free in the world.
However, I hate the foreign policy. Yes, US has a lot of power, but they don't use it in an ethical way... No empire has ever used power in an ethical way, that's why everybody hates them.

3.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 03:23 pm

Quoting vineyards:

There is no denying America is the mightiest, the most technologically advanced country with a highly efficient society and institutions.

My childhood hero was Zagor (Te-nai), I pursued him in search of new adventures in Darkwood Forest and laughed at Chico.

Since childhood, I have always wanted to visit the places depicted in Mark Twain's books. New Orleans with its Jazz music, Yosemite as recorded by Ansel Adams, LA Lakers basketball team, street basketball and the presence of many more opportunities in this giant country fortify my love towards it.

Well, I don't like the US Foreign Policy, I hate the US Defense Doctrine and I protest invasions of sovereign nations. When a country acts like that others protest that loudly and fervently, I am just one of those people; not an Anti-American...



As an American, I tend to agree with you, Vinyards. It is nice to be reminded that there is so much good here, in spite of the tragedy that is our current government.

4.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 03:31 pm

Quoting catwoman:


I'm with you on that Vineyards. It's a beautiful country and the most free in the world.



ekhm...

Basing on:

-Economic Freedom - cato and WSJ overall economic freedom scores
-Government Size and Tax - income tax burden, corporate tax burden, fiscal burden
-Individual Freedom - civil liberties, political rights, journalist freedom
The following is a list of freest countries

1 Estonia 85.25 79.63 8 76.26 6 99.86 5
2 Ireland 83.34 82.25 3 67.81 16 99.95 2
3 Canada 82.34 79.38 9 68.06 15 99.59 9
4 Switzerland 82.33 79.88 7 67.16 18 99.95 2
5 Iceland 82.27 79.25 10 67.61 17 99.95 2
6 Bahamas 82.12 67.75 31 81.17 2 100.00* 1
7 United Kingdom 81.96 81.25 5 65.10 22 99.53 11
8 United States 81.96 80.50 6 66.24 20 99.13 19
9 Cyprus 81.65 73.25 19 72.20 10 99.50 12
10 New Zealand 81.24 80.50 6 63.41 27 99.82 6
11 Luxembourg 80.09 81.50 4 61.63 36 100.00* 1
12 Chile 79.97 76.00 16 64.98 23 98.92 21
13 Australia 79.46 78.50 12 60.47 43 99.40 15
14 Hong Kong 79.25 90.00 1 86.01 1 61.74 71
15 Finland 78.96 77.38 13 59.56 49 99.95 2
16 Lithuania 77.49 69.75 25 63.13 28 99.59 9
17 Austria 77.27 76.63 15 55.42 69 99.77 7
18 Uruguay 77.14 62.88 42 69.44 13 99.11 20
19 Netherlands 76.72 77.25 14 52.96 82 99.95 2
20 Latvia 76.55 66.13 33 63.77 26 99.77 7
21 Germany 76.52 75.50 17 54.43 73 99.63 8

http://www.stateofworldliberty.org/report/rankings.html

(Yes I know it's from 2006 but I couldn't find anything more
up to date).

The columns show different things (economy/taxes etc) - see the link. The last two are interesting. Last but one is individual freedom average, and the last one is individual freedom rank.

Turkey comes 84 with individual freedom average 67.71 and 61 rank in this category

5.       KeithL
1455 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 03:34 pm

I love America too. I was very proud the day I became a naturalized citizen. And when I am abroad, very seldom will you hear me criticize America. My too biggest problems with America at the moment is its foreign policy which I hope will change next January. And the other is the attitude of some Americans who continue to think the world should revolve around North America. This selfish and ignorant attitude is part of the reason that America finds itself in the position its in now.

6.       KeithL
1455 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 03:36 pm

Cyprus is on that list? I find that very funny.

7.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 03:46 pm

I bet it's Cyprus as in EU Cyprus, not the Turkish part

8.       KeithL
1455 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 03:57 pm

I know. But they have denied freedom to Northern Cyprus so long, so its just ironic.

9.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 04:16 pm

They weren't the only ones. As far as I know there aren't many European countries who recognized Northern Cyprus, which is quite surprising judging by contemporary situation in the Balkans (but that's way too off-topic )...

10.       KeithL
1455 posts
 19 Mar 2008 Wed 04:19 pm

what does "off-topic" mean? bilmiyorum...

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