I just got this in an e-mail. You'll love it.
"Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but they don't have to prove they are citizens." ~ Ben Stein
Just fighting fire with fire. I said before, and I say again, I haven't been rude to anyone who wasn't rude to me first.
But why are you spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon sitting at your computer flinging continuous insult? What happened to that long line of good-looking Norsemen outside your door--or are they more customers than suitors?
I've been watching the snooker championships, and the tennis champions are coming up soon, so I can afford to take a break between sessions and frames now and then to see what's new on this educational channel, but what's your escuse?
"To me, the US is a deeply divided country, to a much bigger extent than Germany and most other European countries are."
I addressed the division in my last post.
I do believe, however, that you have to take into account that the US is larger than European countries, and has a larger population with a more diversified ethnic mix.
Also, where Germany has 15 (16?) states, the US has 50.
"CDU and CSU don't have a coalition"
Very well, what would you call it? At best, a fragile partnership.
The US isn't as divided as you seem to think, either, from what I read in the internet press, the opinion polls and first-hand correspondence with friends and relatives. In fact, the voter rebellion brewing there is much more of a unanimity of opinion than I've ever seen before. It throws partisanship to the winds and has a "grass roots" development which is, to my knowledge, totally new in US politics.
President Obama is facing a revolution, American style. No rifles, sharpshooters hiding behind the bushes, or anything of the kind, but a clear and definite message to the elected officials that more response to electors' desires and needs is called for. This, as you say, is democracy in action. However, its form in this instance, so far as I know, is unique.
With all due respect, what you and others have pointed out lies well in the past. My reference was to today's existence.
The CDU and the CSU are a fragile coalition, always haggling with each other. The present coalition is under fire from almost all directions. There just isn't the sense of unity that one finds in the US, however dissatisfied the citizens are with the government. And now we have the CDU and CSU coalition fighting with both the FDP and the SPD.
I wouldn't call that a stable federal government. On paper, yes, but practically? I'm not so sure of that.
Neither one, Witchy-poo. I make no such demands, as the whole thing is a matter of taste, but then you still have nothing to contribute but snide slamming. What a waste of that elegant education you keep pushing. I know far less educated people than you who are much more congenial and easy to get along with.
You're a perfect example of academic snobbery; nothing more.
Not to address your other point:
"Globalization is closely connected whether your coffee is grown and harvest by slave labour, or the lack of social infrastructure child labour or Human Rights violations."
Globalization remains a commercial concept, with little or no relationship to human rights, social infrastructure, or anythe else in that line. It's a business procedure, gaining strength in a shrinking world. That's not all bad, by any means, but it's difficult to separate cause from effect.
The person in the market buying his coffee isn't at all interested in how it got there.
I believe you say you're physically located in Brazil. Brazil should be much more concerned with deforestation and its effect on global climate than it should be about more local issues. Brazil also has a very varied indigenous population which is being driven almost to extinction by greedy outfits trying to exploit their own ends and destroying habitats of both animals and human beings.
This is what gets to me about the sob sister do-gooders who wring their hands and weep over the poor innocent people, when they are not in a position to do anything constructive about it. I didn't approve of the sinking of a Greenpeace ship several years ago, but I did think that the purpose of it was justified. Neither Greenpeace nor any other similar organization is within its rights to accost commercial ships on the open sea and threaten them.
Now raising "public awareness" is a great idea, but the do-gooders don't have the power to change things. Taking overt action is a no-no.
Another facet of globalization is the interference of outside interests in things which really do not concern them. The Arab/Israeli war has been going on for millennia, and it's not going to be solved by the EU or the UN. Neither has the power to do it. It's a problem that can be saved only by the participants.
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