- Producer22/07/2016Moon Shot, Universities and Beer: Three Reasons for Not Downplaying America Recently, while scrolling through my beBee social media homepage, an opinionated article caught my eye. But not in a good way. The article, written by a popular beBee author from Canada, projected a harsh assessment on Americans in general over the...
Comments21/08/2016 #15 Brian McKenzieI do wish I could agree with you, but I am overseas because my American risk matrix ratio of violence vs my defensive and offensive capability was way out of whack. I like the view from where I am at.
What is the point of chasing and building a dream when you can loose it all in nearly an instant because of criminals on a shiny hill, that were not only protected while running their scheme but handsomely rewarded for their theft and graft?21/08/2016 #14 John ValledorWell, that's a pretty Hobbsian view to say the least. I consider myself a sober realist and have seen some pretty dark places on this earth. Still, I prefer to focus on the positive and feel pretty confident that we'll make it just fine. Thank you for sharing your perspective. #1221/08/2016 #13 Robert Bacal#6 David, I don't think that returning veterans, people of color, women, the homeless, etc would agree with you. If you are part of the upper middle class, employed, etc, then maybe it is the land of what you describe. Personally, I've turned down jobs requiring going to Texas, as an example, because the split between poor/people of color, and the secure is so large, I simply don't want to be a part of it. Once was enough. Neither do I have any desire to go to any state that allows concealed carries. Or unconcealed carries. Sorry, MY country of the free does not feel freedom comes from the barrel of a gun, to quote somewhat badly, Chairman Mao.21/08/2016 #12 Robert BacalThe beer thing got me laughing. I'm also in Canada, and we refer to your beer, at least historically, as p*ss. Your major beer brands are wretched, and I have never ever touched them after a first taste. These days, craft beers are in many countries.
That said American has made HUGE contributions to the world, unrivaled in history, yet it has much to answer for. It's a sad reality that powerful and influential countries end up doing both huge amounts of good, and huge amounts of bad. America is no different. For example, the USA has invaded more countries over the last fifty years than any other country, and to be truthful, probably more than the rest of the world combined. Why? Because the USA assumed a well intended police role via its military.
I think its clear that the USA is in decline relative to the rest of the world, economically, socially, and innovation. All empires decline. THe problem, as is the case with all powerful countries, dominant countries, is that the culture declines towards entrophy, and as its people see the overall decline, they act out of anger, hatred and fear, which is what we have today in the USA. The political system is severely broken, the constitution is outdated, there is a fear and even hatred of its own government, and huge cynicism. I say these things with no joy. A stable and economically and socially aware America is important for the rest of the world. The question is not whether its in decline, but who will replace it, and whether the American decline will be violent internally or evolve slowly. Trump's rhetoric and his followers scare the world, because in many ways they are extremists. That 40-50% of Americans would even consider voting for an extremist is worrisome.21/08/2016 #11 John Valledor@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD sounds like you have a fascinating story to tell. The preview you highlight here makes me want to read more. What's wrong with sharing stories of triumph in becoming American? I, for one, would read it for pure inspirational value. Clearly, you absolutely get the gist of what I was trying to communicate in my story. Personally, I hate being lassoed into being painted with a broad ethnic brush. I don't follow any ethnic cultural block behavior. I am an individual, with independent thoughts and a staunch American. Again, thank you for getting it! I am very proud of your accomplishments. #1021/08/2016 #10 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#7 I wasn't going to mention it, but I feel I owe it to my father. He was first generation college grad from San Antonio, TX where his parents ran La Paloma restaurant. My father was a double major, Physics and Mathematics, with a Minor in Political Science. He had 8 children, raised us as a single parent in 1973. He took me for walks and had me look at the same moon, as he was a pure Rocket Scientist for Rockwell. While we scribbled on TI Paper for coloring with crayons, he was busy writing programs to retrieve satellites. He retired after serving as Contract Manager for the International Space Station (ISS). He saw me graduate from USC medical school, beaming and gushing with pride as you did for your son. Later, I graduated Stanford Alumni. I was the first doctor in our family. My mind is getting mixed up a bit here due to emotion, but America gave us a life. I've been Speaker at many different events. When a Hispanic audience tries to 'pin' me to Mexico or another Latin Country of origin, I can't explain the inner passion - I'm American. So I get that, and you, too. And lots of people never heard of Margaret Hamilton, but my Dad made sure that I knew. So, thank you.21/08/2016 #9 John Valledor@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD thank you for the kind words. Veterans in America get a bad rap sometimes. Yes, many struggle with serious issues, while a great many others continue to thrive as a result of remarkable resiliency. As a member of that community, I chose to view fellow veterans with a glass is half full lens. By the way, I enjoy reading your buzzes...like a keleidoscope of great stories. God bless!#821/08/2016 #8 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 #2 #4 #6 Absolutely spot on except @John Valledor, I'll beg to differ that you Do have 'good looks' ;-). Nice piece of your Sworn-Citizen mind! And I'll put in a plug for our American Veterans who deserve honor for serving our country. It's a shame we as a nation leave them homeless and distraught on the streets. I don't like seeing how we are as a nation on that...a big project that @Dr. Allen Brown sees all too often. Thank you for your very appropriate piece ~ and peace. Nice.22/07/2016 #6 David GrinbergI enjoyed reading your thoughtful and patriotic post @John Valledor. No nation is perfect, just as no person is perfect. However, to paraphrase what I tell my wife: America is more perfect than most. USA = Freedom. Democracy, Liberty and Equal Opportunity. It's all about "We the People" and our collective faith and humanity for the common good.22/07/2016 #5 Vincent AndrewEnjoyed reading this article @John Valledor. It's clear to me how much you love America and how well you've served the country. America has some great institutions. Coincidentally even though I hail from a small South East Asian country my daughter harbors ambitions to study in MIT. That can only be achieved through hard work. As a registered citizen of Brunei I share your thoughts that we owe our country a debt of gratitude. Didn't John Kennedy say 'Don't ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country'.22/07/2016 #4 Randy Keho#3 You have absolutely no reason to apologize. Everyone here knows that if they put their opinions into cyber space, they're leaving themselves open to positive as well as negative feedback. Just don't yell fire in a crowded theater. Remember what happened to Beavis and Butthead?22/07/2016 #3 John Valledor#1 Franci, as you read, I'm living proof of the greatness that America offers. I don't consider myself Cuban-American or Latino. I consider myself American, first and foremost. Further, I raised my right hand and swore to defend America's heart--its Constitution--with my life. Indeed, everyone is entitled to express their opinion in America without fear of retribution. I fully embrace people differing from mine. Still, I have a hard time being silent when some bad mouth our great country. Sorry, I've had skin in this game and will exercise my right to express a counterpoint. No worries, beBee is a great medium to frolic and learn from feedback. Thank you for yours!22/07/2016 #1 Franci Eugenia HoffmanThere is good and bad in every country. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Our esteemed author friend voiced his and now you have voiced yours. And I must say, @John Valledor I have a lot of respect for you and how you presented your opinions. Your post is encouraging and well written. God Bless America. I hope @Jim Cody reads this post.
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