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Dutch Wrote: Schmidt; you may as well tie this thread to the "gun control" thread. Yes it is the "mental" state of this country which impacts gun violence as well. Kids get raised here different than in Europe; there is more soft discipline like how to behave sitting on the dinner table using fork and knife; staying on your chair till every one leaves the table; no toys or cellphones during dinner. etc. The same as at school; "behave" is the motto.People with culture behave different than the "wild cowboy"; let it loose "mob" style here. Our leader has no culture at all; it shows and affects the whole country and its behavior.
I get frustrated when you talk about everyone in this country like we're all bumbling idiots who don't know how to tie our own shoes.
There's over 320 million people living here, Dutch. There's no such thing as a mental state of a country; there's only the mental state of the individual people who live in a country.
My family ate dinner together every night when I was a child. We didn't have cell phones at the table (our corded bag cell phone wouldn't have worked at the table anyway). No television or radio was on. And no one walked away from the table until everyone was finished. Me and countless other people like me grew up this way in the good ole' US of A.
Do you personally know how families in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia eat dinner together every night to your satisfaction? If so then bravo!
That's why I can't stand when you talk about this country like it's a foreign entity you simply can't understand. A country is made up of people. This one has 323.1 million of them. Some of us live in a stable household and were raised by one or two loving parents (many parents choose to be single) and some of us don't or weren't. But that doesn't mean that every American is mentally unstable.