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Dutch Wrote: Jared, Jared you should know better, Poland is in my view not European, neither Turkey or some other ex east block countries. I consider the more Democratic block such as the Scandinavian block, France, Belgium, Dutch, German block as the real Europe. The southern part like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, I consider as the "in debt" countries who need help all the time.
That's akin to me saying "I don't consider Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Texas to be part of the United States."
Poland and Hungary are part of the European Union. They are also on the European continent. Is that not a fact?
Dutch Wrote: You don't compare Kentucky here either with California.
I compare the poorer states with California and New York all the time, but I have never suggested those states aren't part of the United States.
Dutch Wrote: No France, nor the Netherlands, nor Germany as well the Scandinavian countries are not on the verge of an massive right wing takeover; the elections proved this.
France came dangerously close a week ago, Geert Wilders came in second place in the Netherlands most recent election, Germany might be safe (for now), and far right anti-immigration parties are gaining more and more seats in all five Scandinavian countries.
Dutch Wrote: Thus I hope you accept that this country is in more disarray then Europe.
I am a student of American history and we have been through a multitude of Constitutional crises throughout our short history, but we've somehow figured out a way to get through them.
Our country isn't in disarray and Europe isn't in disarray either. All I am trying to point out is that there are crazy assholes in every country and democracy is messy.
One reason I often get frustrated with you is that you seem to constantly bash everything that happens in this country, but just write off anything negative that happens in other countries as an anomaly that can easily be corrected.
The world has changed and it's going to continue to change. Technology is going to take away more and more jobs. That's not just going to be an American or European problem, but a world problem. Globalization is going to continue to put a strain on the current world order because people of all races and religions are going to be forced to figure out a way to live together.