Dutch Wrote: Please ask Schmidt what an banana republic is; he worked in one!!!
A banana republic is when a country is predominately dependent on the exportation of a single (or very few) product(s) or resource(s) that a private corporation then exploits. The term was coined by William Sydney Porter to lament the way the United Fruit Company had a stranglehold on small Central-American countries and how they exploited those nations workforce's.
Based off that definition, I'd hardly call the United States a banana republic.
Dutch Wrote: Just an question; why are you defending everything here? While the whole world is laughing at us;
I'm the first one that will say our country has a plethora of issues we have to deal with. Where you lose me is when you make it seem like America is the only country that has a plethora of issues we have to deal with.
I've never defended "everything here" and am quite critical of many of the things my government has done in my name. I was against the Iraq War before it was cool to be against the Iraq War. I was for gay marriage before it was cool to be for gay marriage. And I was raging against the prison-industrial complex before it was cool to rage against the prison-industrial complex.
I also love my country and see the good our citizens can do. I see my fellow citizens marching in the streets to protest this President and I see my fellow citizens standing up against hate and bigotry wherever they see it. I also see my fellow citizens volunteering at soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Boy's and Girl's Clubs, and teaching immigrant children how to speak English.
We're all just one of over 300 million people just trying to get by in this world and it offends me when you belittle people who don't think exactly like you, or who happen to vote for someone you don't like, or have the audacity to worship a higher power. And I'm an atheist who doesn't believe in a higher power!
That's my point, Dutch. This country is not a monolith and not everyone who lives here is a narcissist who thinks their shit doesn't stink. Not every person who votes for someone you don't like is a terrible person who wants to tear down our country. And not every person who believes in a higher power is a stupid idiot who should be publicly shamed.
I encourage you to learn how to respect people who don't agree with everything you think.
Dutch Wrote: I read most of the European news papers which indeed think this country is an other Rome.
Empires rise and empires fall. If America is in its waning days as the worlds only empire then so be it, but I'd caution you to be careful what you wish for. The period between an empires demise and rise of a new one has always been filled with unthinkable bloodshed. And that was before the nuclear age where nine nations possess 16,300 weapons that can wipe out all of humanity in an instant.
Dutch Wrote: Are you that indoctrinated?
The real question should be why are you so indoctrinated against the country that welcomed you with open arms and provided a great life for you and your family?