One Good Thing about the United States is...

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Even though I prefer the security and the large social safety net of the social democracy style European countries, I do appreciate the flexibility of the US style economic system. I hope that we can find a way to have the best of both worlds. I try to be optimistic about it, but it can be hard. We do have a history of being innovators, and I hope we can reclaim that somehow.

Another thing I love about the USA is that we have the most gorgeous national parks.

I also like that we have so many different types of places to live. You have New York City, you have Hollywood, you have the Rockies, the Plains, the South, you have rural, urban, prairies, deserts, mountains, oceans, lakes, fields, I could go on. So much variety.
This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all the military men, women and their families who sacrifice daily so that I can give thanks to God, and enjoy everything that I have.

I've had the opportunity to live in different countries; and each time I come back to the U.S., I am so grateful for the little things that many Americans overlook. I am blessed to be an American.
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Abortion rights is probably the only area in which the US meets or surpasses other "first world" nations.
^^^with the exception of Canada.
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aaaaah! Hubby's in the Army, and we've been living in Germany for the past 9 months...

The best thing about the US? JOBS!!!

Yes, the economy may be down or whatever, but really, they're there if you look! I left a good job behind...and I need to work on-post here obviously cuz we don't speak German, and because it's so small I can't get a job! How bad does that look on a resume, not to mention the lack of money to travel and buy anything besides groceries!

And yes, Costco...I miss Costco.
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When I was in Germany last year, I didn't see any HELP WANTED signs or anyone looking to hire--just the opposite. (At that time, unemployment for western Germany was at 18%; eastern Germany at 20%)

Even though unemployment here is 10%, I see HELP WANTED signs and employers looking for people with specific skills.

Also, the American people are very charitable. Even though charitable giving is down compared to last year, many people are still giving.
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I'm not too sure what I'm thankful to the U.S. for but I've never had the opportunity to be a citizen elsewhere either.

I'm not thankful for troops. I'm not thankful for our economic system. I'm not thankful for a lot of the stuff that ppl mentioned. The only time America made me proud is when Obama was elected president and I think that was from the mere shock that ppl could get past their racial and social conditioning enough to vote for a non white president.
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We have the ability and desire to help another nation quickly when a natural disaster happens. (Haiti)
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We have the ability and desire to help another nation quickly when a natural disaster happens. (Haiti)
Originally Posted by Greatcurls
Well, *some* of us do. You saw how Bush reacted when Katrina happened to our own people, yeah?
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We have the ability and desire to help another nation quickly when a natural disaster happens. (Haiti)
Originally Posted by Greatcurls
Well, *some* of us do. You saw how Bush reacted when Katrina happened to our own people, yeah?
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I admit a lot of things were done wrong, but didn't a lot of it start with their local governments? Like the Mayor Nagin & the idiot Gov Landrieu? Who refused to let the Feds move in supplies beforehand & the fact that Nagin had no idea if there were any supplies in the SuperDome before he sent people there?

But that is a WHOLE 'nother thread.

Vagabond, I'm not sure that color has anything to do with it. I was just curious about your reasons. Apparently I touched a nerve.
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I'm not too sure what I'm thankful to the U.S. for but I've never had the opportunity to be a citizen elsewhere either.

I'm not thankful for troops. I'm not thankful for our economic system. I'm not thankful for a lot of the stuff that ppl mentioned. The only time America made me proud is when Obama was elected president and I think that was from the mere shock that ppl could get past their racial and social conditioning enough to vote for a non white president.
Originally Posted by Cali Chik

Well then be thankful you can say sh*t like that and not be shot.
I'm not too sure what I'm thankful to the U.S. for but I've never had the opportunity to be a citizen elsewhere either.

I'm not thankful for troops. I'm not thankful for our economic system. I'm not thankful for a lot of the stuff that ppl mentioned. The only time America made me proud is when Obama was elected president and I think that was from the mere shock that ppl could get past their racial and social conditioning enough to vote for a non white president.
Originally Posted by Cali Chik

Well then be thankful you can say sh*t like that and not be shot.
Originally Posted by curlygirlyme
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I'm not too sure what I'm thankful to the U.S. for but I've never had the opportunity to be a citizen elsewhere either.

I'm not thankful for troops. I'm not thankful for our economic system. I'm not thankful for a lot of the stuff that ppl mentioned. The only time America made me proud is when Obama was elected president and I think that was from the mere shock that ppl could get past their racial and social conditioning enough to vote for a non white president.
Originally Posted by Cali Chik

Well then be thankful you can say sh*t like that and not be shot.
Originally Posted by curlygirlyme
Well it's not like the U.S. is the only country that has that freedom.
We have the ability and desire to help another nation quickly when a natural disaster happens. (Haiti)
Originally Posted by Greatcurls
yeah after the fact that the U.S. sat and watched as the ppl of haiti paid france money for over a hundred years after they over threw them because the French felt that Haiti should pay them for the money that they would have earned from slavery if not for the uprising.

then we wonder why they are so poor.

P.S. I hate Pat Roberson.

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I can't answer for why Vagabond hates the military.

But, as a military person, I can state a reason or two why people have judged me/my job for that.
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One good thing about the united states is.....


Independence day comes on every fourth of July! yay!!
America have Nuclear Weapons and they are super Power.
I love our freedom.
Unfortunately many abuse that freedom too commonly and go incredibly wild with it.
I also love the opportunity of good higher education.
And the opportunity to go and live wherever you want to.
I also love the freedom to come together REGARDLESS of race and just get along (maybe even marry lol)
~God bless America, yes it may have its faults, however there are a lot of people in other countries who could only dream about the things we take for granted daily, and that's something I think we all should realize time to time. It'll help u appreciate what we have, rather than be spoiled and complain about the things we don't.




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