Wednesday, 8 December 2010

6 Things In The USA That Confuse Me

I'm a foreigner in these parts, and as a result I was brought up with a different mentality and way of looking at the world therefore I have a few things I am still trying to understand. This is a my list in no particular order:

  • I don't quite get how some of the followers of the same political party that is most against the destruction of a life before it is born can also be the same people that are most enthusastic for the death penalty and the right to have a gun.
  • Health Insurance. My brain struggles with what mobile phone and cell contract would be good for me but trying to work out what sort of coverage my wife should have left me with a headache. The US will never have a health system that is completely covered by the tax dollar, far too many profits and jobs in the health insurance industry for that, but that's a shame the average American would be financially better off. I would also have one less thing on my list.
  • What's so good about Scotland anyway? I love Scotland as much as the next Scot, but I was born there and have that connection. Why do so many Americans claim to be Scottish? If I believed every American who claimed to have ancestors from 'Scatland' I'd have to believe that a tiny little country with a population of 5 million exported close to 15 million to the States. Or we had a Genghis Khan like character who was very, very busy. Its not that I don't believe some of the claims but then there are others who seem so distant thats its been long diluted with other nationalities that might have a better claim. If I went back far enough I could claim to be African but looking at me I don't think you'd believe me. Its not like we are that special anyway, generally we are not that good looking, we are short (my wife might say short tempered) and personally I have a flat ass and so I don't even look good in a kilt.
  • I don't understand why the fear of some its citizens can lead a country which has made such an undoubted success from immigration lead the USA to having such a negative reaction to immigration. Unfortunately the USA's success will for a long time make it an attractive place to emigrate to for the world's poor but emigration itself itsn't a bad thing people have been moving since man first crawled out of the forests of Africa. It certainly hasn't been bad for the economy of the USA. I'm no immigration expert therefore I don't know whats a good and bad number of immigrants but I do know that making it hard for immigrants to become citizens isn't stopping people from coming here. It's an expensive and long drawn out business if you want to become a resident here but people are still coming here, maybe they want a piece of the American dream or maybe its better to be an illegal here than it is citizen of their own country. Whatever the reason the restrictions aren't working. Surely then it would be better to make citizens and not criminals from them. If it was easier once they got here to become an active participating citizen or resident, instead of being a criminal as soon as they put a foot on American soil, they could contribute to the prosperity of the country that they want to call home instead of a being a drain on its resources. If the 20 million or so illegals in the country could legally start a job or a business and pay taxes they could better help put the American economy right and make it grow, just like those who came before them. 
  • Finally I am confused about how some Americans define their rights. I think one of the best things about the USA is its constitution. The freedoms and protection represented by the Bill of Rights is a fundamental part of being an American and I wish every person in the world had something similar. Sometimes though I will look over at my wife's facebook page and see people arguing against some federal lawsuit on the news and its like some of those people who have those rights as an American citizen do not understand what it means. A lot of the time the argument seems to be that if 'these people get the same rights as me I will be surrendering some of my rights.' I don't understand the logic. You can not lose any rights as a citizen in this country if someone else is fighting in the courts to have the same rights, you still retain all the rights you had previously all you can surrender is the right to say I'm better than you, which I thought in this country was unconstitutional.
  • Oh one more thing I forgot, the World Series? Why not invite the world to play? Say what you like about FIFA awarding the World Cup to Qatar but at least the world gets an invitation to participate.


Ryan said...

I really like this post (particularly the part about those of pseudo-Scottish ancestry), however, the world is not invited to Qatar.

Qatar is a backwards country whose own government turns a blind eye to forced labor, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. For its size, it's the most pollutant country in the world. The gulf in wealth is beyond what it is in the USA. They have never even qualified for a world cup. They are allies with Iran. Women cannot even go out in public without the accompaniment of a related male. How is the world invited to this place, and more importantly, WHY?

I can understand giving it to tiny, unknown countries -- but at least choose one that coincides with a beautiful world. The USA is not perfect, but at least if it were here our own citizens could afford a ticket, rather than the 0.00001% of those in Qatar who control 99% of the wealth (and probably already own a few football clubs in the EPL).

Just some things to think about...

LarryLilly said...

1), they want more people born so they have more people to pick from to show their odd form of social compassionism to.
2)health insurance is a right of those that are healthy. If your sick, forgetaboutit.
3)I have no clue why anyone that is in this country except for native american indians and a few mexicans whose last name ends in a Z to want to claim that they are any thing from the old world. I am of english-Italian heritage, but i am american, and I am not some [insert nation here] hyphen american. thats bullchit.
4)relates to #3. Hey, if some immigrant from hodourus wants to work the fields for minimum wage, let him, He will pay taxes, add to consumption here and become a strong member of society extending the american dream. If you dont like that, roll up your sleeves and do HIS work.
5) The only right we have is the right to achieve happiness, not happiness itself, just the right to achieve it through honest efforts. It goes back to #s 2-4.
6) yeah, bring them on. But since i am an American League fan, my only request is that the fur-e-ner nations use the designated hitter rule. I dont want som skinny japanese pitcher trying to hit as well.

LarryLilly said...

But, no vuvuzelas at baseball games.