Last night watched most of Mike Moore's "Where to Invade Next".
Wondered if any of our dear USA friends have watched this and their thoughts on such heretcial ideas as:
* modern labour rights
* abolition of death penalty
* humane prison systems
* free university education
* free universal healthcare
* modern education systems
You know these awful socialist ideas that have absolutely ruined various European countries like, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia. Iceland etc etc.
As one of the Icelandic political leader's put it (paraphrased), about free healthcare and education, "it's not comunnist - it's about our community, the we, not the I".
Why is it "evil" to care about your community, and are not all citizens members of your/that community or perhaps in the US this is not the case?
I also know these systems are not always perfect - but at least they attempt to make life better for more people, rather than a select few.
To anyone else we simply cannot understand why these relatively simple things are so anathema to the citizens of the USA. Whereas access to weapons is so *fucking* important. It is just abso-fucking-lutely wierd. The main problem I feel we have in Australia is we seem so intent on follwoing the USA's path although the consequences are so plain. Mad. Sad. For a so called "Christian" country the lack of actual Christian values in your government system is just perverse.
Finally if the USA want to stop defending the free world - do feel free to pull out, tbh after WW2 not entirely sure anyone actually ever wanted your direct assistance. Like the British in India they kept the peace but not sure that actually wanted them there, just part of the price of Empire. Now your Empire is crumbling under the onslaught of social media mainpulation and the cost of upkeep vs asymmetrical warfare. Perhaps you could also stop selling expensive second rate arms to all and sundry and propping up dodgy dictatorships to "stop socialism". (150 mil for a broken fighter jet *cough*). Not like you guys are exactly stopping the influence of China, Russia or Iran anymore by having marine bases around the world. Better value to have some troll factories in deep Detroit or somewhere to spread the American dream.
irony is that I have many yanks as mates and I love the place. Just some aspects are so grrrrrr.......