September 12th, 2001

scotto monkeypulse

Waving the flag.

If you don't like it in the US... and you currently live here, here's another freedom open to you.

Leave. Hit the fricking road. Take a bite of a reality sandwich. See what life is like elsewhere.

Go Live in China for a year, see how wonderful life is there. Go to Afghanistan, and tell them you're an American, and see how well you get by telling them that you renounce our ways. Heck, spend some time in Germany or England, and try to get ahold of some of the "wrong" kind of literature.

I celebrate your freedom to an opinion, though I may deplore your ignorance and willful stupidity. I'd appreciate it if you thought before you started bitching about the way things are here. Vote, gather a petition, organize peaceably. If you have a problem, you can write your congressman, your local newspaper. Lay out exactly what your problems are, find folks of a similar mind, and do something about it.

Seriously. If you have a problem with the way things are here, at least you can make a difference. For such a young country, I think we've on the whole done a lot more good than bad. I think we've contributed far more positively than negatively to culture, society, technology and medicine than any other country on the planet for the last 200 years. This place is still a land of innovation and exceptional tolerance, especially compared to the entirety of the globe.

US life is probably some of the highest quality of life you can find, and that's coming from someone who's been homeless. There are problems with every system, but I feel that the one we have in place now is the best available. With the help of my nation and her citizens, I'm able to eat, sleep indoors, in a bed, love who I choose, travel freely, buy whatever books I like, work at a competitive wage, and help folks that don't have it so well to get back on their feet.

Tell me that you think we deserve most of the hate that we get, because of the country we live in... well... I'm sorry, but you're a fucking idiot.