Jul 05 2005

Apparently I am only 32% american. Here is what the test results said:

America: You don’t love it or want to leave it.
But you wouldn’t mind giving it an extreme make over.
On the 4th of July, you’ll fly a freak flag instead…
And give Uncle Sam a sucker punch!

I’d say that’s not far off. This country has major problems and sometimes makes me want to throw up my hands in disgust and leave, but for the most part I think it’s easier to change from the inside. I’m also not one of those who thinks that america is horrible and that third world countries have it right. Or native americans. America can’t be all bad. Yes, we have a crack-pot for a president and we are WAY too invested in our religious views, but at least we have pretty good freedoms, religious and other (though I still wouldn’t be able to successfully run for political office). Yes, homosexual couples can’t yet marry (unlike Spain- how weird is it that a catholic country has legalized it before us?!) but at least they aren’t killed for living the life they choose (usually). Yes, for some reason many people in this country protest stem cell research, but look at all the wonderful things we have done with GMOs like providing fortified rice to starving countries (who refused to use it because of idiot propaganda). Yes, we have tons of cars and use loads of gasoline, but we do have some of the best emissions standards in the world and we are passing legislation for alternative fuels (a little late but…). America is a mixed bag at best but I have been trying to find some of the positive things in the muck (and there is A LOT of muck), some things we can pin our hopes on. I expect to be disappointed often, but to stop looking and criticizing and to give up hope is to give up on a country that has a lot of promise. We could be a major world influence for positive change. There are good americans out there (and I don’t necessarily mean patriots) with good ideas. It’s a shame they’re all too smart to want to get into politics. I’m scared to raise my son as an american but can anybody tell me about a better or safer place? Truly? (And don’t say Canada unless you’ve lived there and you know first hand.)

And I hate fireworks.


  • By otis, July 7, 2005 @ 12:53 am

    that’s a good speech.

    I kinda miss that place.

    I think the 4th of july was the only day I didn’t see any fireworks in China

  • By heels, July 7, 2005 @ 7:47 am

    Yeah, they sold them all to my neighborhood!

  • By SlackBastard, July 9, 2005 @ 11:03 pm

    I always considered myself more of a Californian than an American. Which is kinda funny, cause I just moved to this land where they’re more Texan than American.

    Fuck it all. I’m tired of giving away my allegiance for free. Any nation wants my support has gotta cough up. And the currency of THIS realm is scotch.

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