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Hi Folks,

I've been away from this game for years, and had pretty much forgotten about it until today when it popped up on a forum I was reading and I decided to take a stab at it once again. Saw the topic, hence this.

This time though, the times have changed for people in the USA. Wherein once I was proud to be a representative of "the shining beacon on the hill", and acted accordingly when abroad; I now find America the laughing stock of world leaders, rudderless and without true leadership; and American's seen as stupid Xenophobes.

Rightly or wrongly, I would like those abroad to know that there ARE still Americans who believe in democracy, helping out the little guy, the downtrodden, and working in cooperation with others, not domination of others. I believe there is still hope that people like me will once again restore sanity to our country, and strive to be an example for others.

I wish to express my apology for the reckless idiocy that certain parts of our administration spout, we are not all that way.
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Well lets look forwardDaumenhoch
The United States of America is still a functional democracy. The fact that Donald Trump is president of the US does not translate 1-to-1 in all US citizens suddenly becoming - sorry - retarded douchbags.

Even though I think that Hillary Clinton rightfully questioned his fitness being the next president of the USA, it is also true that he at least adressed some issues more seriously than his predecessors. Thinking of issues such as the growing influence of China, migration and trade, he at least tries to find solutions to these problems ...

But anyway. Thank you for your opinion on that matter. And don't worry - you are not responsible for any of your governments actions.
The true fact is that is that we are all human and no one can fully represent our desire. Democracy gives us chance to this to some extent but not to the fullest. Every man has instinct including your President and most of us follow it while some might not. The best thing to do for nation is to carry out your duties diligently.
I'd have a bad view on America too if I only visited LA, New York City, Dallas, Chicago, etcetera.

dragonflare89 Wrote:
I'd have a bad view on America too if I only visited LA, New York City, Dallas, Chicago, etcetera.

I live there, just not in a big city. When you have a narcissistic, pathological lair for a leader, only bad things can happen. He has single-handedly turned our allies into enemies and elevated petty despots above his own intelligence agencies. He has shredded the constitution upon which this country was founded for his own benefit. He is following the Adolph Hitler playbook hook, line and sinker and yet few call it out for what it really is.

I am truly ashamed of how our country has behaved towards its citizens, and towards our allies. I fear that Charlottesville was only a warm-up for an even larger Kristallnacht. This idiot has threatened in a tweet (emphasis his), "If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal." I shutter when a US president sounds more like a third world dictator desperate to hold onto power. I can only hope for a change in administration, ASAP.

Kahnite Wrote:
Rightly or wrongly, I would like those abroad to know that there ARE still Americans who believe in democracy, helping out the little guy, the downtrodden, and working in cooperation with others, not domination of others.


Then they should not be voting for the "Democratic" Socialists. But I fear that you mean them...

And rest in peace, Kahnite, I believe firmly that there are still a lot of Americans that believe in Freedom, Democracy and the common benefit. Just not in a socialistic, twisted way.

Donald Trump may be the worst republican president or not, I do not care. Because he still is way better than the alternatives presented by the democratic party. He does not even compete against the two worst democratic presidents in US history. Not even close. Actually he is quite in the league of a moderate democratic president.

Do you really believe that Hillary Clinton would have been a better president, or that Barack Obama WAS a better president? Then, I believe, we do not share the same standards.

adder Wrote:
Donald Trump may be the worst republican president or not, I do not care. Because he still is way better than the alternatives presented by the democratic party. He does not even compete against the two worst democratic presidents in US history. Not even close. Actually he is quite in the league of a moderate democratic president.

Do you really believe that Hillary Clinton would have been a better president, or that Barack Obama WAS a better president? Then, I believe, we do not share the same standards.


Actually, I wrote in Bernie last election (I'm in a blue state anyway). Not because I agreed with his policies, but because he was the only honest person in the race. To quote a conversation I had recently where I was asked "You couldn't possibly trust that Bernie would not screw you?", to which I replied "But at least he's up front about it! In my book, hypocrites are lower than child molesters, at least you know what they are after. A hypocrite will say one thing and do another." So yes, I value honesty above many other things in a candidate. If you can't trust them, they have no business leading anything.

And yes, Obama was a far better president than Trump. Even had a year where the deficit went down unlike this idiot who's yearly deficit spending is now more than the total accumulated deficit from 1960 through 2000.

You have this irrational fear of what you term "Socialists" (I can see you only watch Fox News, an oxymoron if ever there was one. Goebbels would be proud.), yet this fool has redistributed wealth to the upper 1% ensuring class warfare. This is social engineering on a scale that far exceeds anything any democrat ever did just to prop up the ruling elite and pad his bank account at the expense of those who can least afford it.

Thank you for the clear statement.

So, please ignore what I wrote - because there is no hope for people who voluntarily make a head-dive into socialism.

My "fear" of Socialists, though, is not irrational. It is fully rational. I may have been so fortunate to live in the Federal Republic of Germany, but my wife and my parents-in-law were not. So I have first hand experience at hand should I ever need it...
What you fear in not liberal social policies, it is the domination of a free people. They are not the same! Take it from someone who has first hand knowledge of what a "worker's paradise" is from two extended stays in the former Soviet Union. I just wish that folks like Jane Fonda could have experiences first hand what I did. Then maybe they would not think that American democracy is as evil as they thought it was.

The point is that liberal policies such as universal health care or government support for higher education do not equal Stalinist policies and gulags. There are several working examples of this on your continent, including your very own country. I find it funny that in my country the same folks that rally against these liberal policies are the same ones who scream loudest if someone proposes cuts to social security or medicare. Two "socialist" programs that have kept the old and infirm from becoming homeless or subject to death panels just because there no profit in it.

Democracy is the balance between what is best for the individual, and what is best for the community. When that balance is not maintained is when the excesses of Fascism or Socialism rear their angry head, and the citizens suffer.

I gladly return the offer to you, if you ever want to know from a first hand witness what the format Soviet Union was like, just ask. I can also lecture you on the finer points of what 40 years of Republican rule have done in my country, like those "death panels" I mentioned earlier or the fact that college graduates now owe on average $80,000 of debt before they even have a job. In the meantime I will push for balance with every breath I take.
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