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Would you agree that America is one of the most patriotic countries but lacks the wanting of social equality?

sally 2012/07/04 21:39:32
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  • Devil's Advocate 2012/07/05 02:07:29
    No because...
    Devil's Advocate
    ...the word 'jingoistic' should replace 'patriotic' in this question. Then my answer would be 'yes'.
  • flaca BN-0 2012/07/04 23:31:27
    No because...
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    Toyotas and Hondas have sold better than American cars for years.
    Walmart (which imports mainly from China) is still the richest store in the US.
    So, no, Americans are not patriotic, they just say they are.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/07/04 21:55:43
    No because...
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
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    It's too easy to confuse equal opportunities with equal outcomes. If you don't put in the effort, you won't get as big a reward, but sometimes, the other maxim applies: life can be unfair no matter what.
  • say what? 2012/07/04 21:54:40
    No because...
    say what?
    +1
    It is not patriotic to wave the flag, sing the anthem and then sit idly by as your country is being destroyed. Social equality is for ants, bees, and termites, not humans.
  • historian 2012/07/04 21:53:33
    No because...
    historian
    +1
    I think America is full of people who like to think they're patriotic, but if it were really true the Republic wouldn't be dead, the Constitution reduced to a museum piece, and a government that operates on political power-brokering rather than law. As for wanting social equality, I don't really know what that means, as it's an impossibility when dealing with so many individuals, cultures, beliefs, etc, as when one "group" claims to use government force to "become equal" another group ends up being treated unequally. It has never been about equality, but rather groups seeking special rights over the individuals, collectivism versus individualism.
  • Reichstolz 2012/07/04 21:44:10
    No because...
    Reichstolz
    +2
    Social equality is not a concept that Americans value. We are individuals, not cogs in a gear. Sorry but social equality lifts no one, just tears everyone down to the lowest common denominator.
  • Morning... Reichstolz 2012/07/04 22:05:20
    Morningstar
    +1
    what about "we are our brothers keeper"?
  • Reichstolz Morning... 2012/07/04 22:07:09
    Reichstolz
    Where is that in any of our founding documents?
  • historian Morning... 2012/07/05 15:06:56
    historian
    Offering a helping hand to your neighbor, a watchful eye against danger, etc isn't about social equality, it's about being kind and loving. Using government to force others to do the will of certain groups is not being your brother's keeper, it's being your brother's master.

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