I have recently run into a number of Europeans in the States, and there are aspects of each other’s government and culture that we just don’t understand about each other.
They just can’t grasp the concept that it’s legal to be a Nazi here. Especially the German kid. He was astounded. I guess it was something that was so assumed to be illegal in Germany that he honestly didn’t know there were Western industrilized countries where it wasn’t.
As a libertarian-leaning American, I defend openly Nazi’s rights to be complete buttheads in the space of their own minds, as long as it doesn’t bring itself into illegal activity (a likely story).
I was against the flag-burning amendment that was bandied about a few years ago for the same reason. I don’t like the idea of America having any form of hate crime. As long as it’s your flag burning, and you didn’t steal it to burn it, I say, well, don’t catch the drapes on fire.
These same people find it incredible to see the ads for cable boxes that it would be illegal to actually use or anything.
I find it incredible that these people so willingly lay down for their government restrictions and control. Controlling the tv stations? Taxing up to like 50%, and then basing benefits on not working (Sweden)? Telling you what political opinions you can have? When I recite these lists of restrictions, I start to have a little understanding for where the outlaw militias in the States are coming from, intellectually speaking.
So, any Euro’s out there who wish to respond on whether they like their monarchical descended governmental attitudes? Honestly, in America, if you even proposed some of the restrictions I hear about from some of these visitors, your office would have to rent a separate room just for the hate mail.