As an afterthought to the numerous political threads, I wanted to get a poll from all of you:
What does it mean to you to be an American? What are the American Values? And if you’re not American, what do you think the American Values are? Do you think Americans are themselves blind to some value that they represent?
As for me, I think being American stands for:[ul][li]Costco and credit cards and purchasing a weeks worth of dill picklesDomination of the strong, Justice for the weak[/li][li]Representative Democratic Capitalism[/li][li]Cynical optimists[/li][li]1003 channels and still nothing on[/li][li]Corporate Media and Clear Channel[/li][li]Politicians who owe and the lobbyists who love them[/li][li]Neighbors who’ll help you in a pinch[/li][li]Same neighbor flipping you the bird on the highway[/li][li]Sprawling roads and driving conditions[/li][li]The ability to pick up and move and change one’s life[/li][li]Upward mobility to those who work for it[/li][li]Engineering and technical know-how[/li][li]Litigation and threats of war[/li][li]Failed education and loud opinions[/li][li]Mistrust of government and trust in people[/li][li]Minimal racism (comparatively) and the inability to talk about it[/li][li]Choice and openness of relationships[/li][li]Constitutional liberties and the Bill of Rights[/li][li]Great founding fathers and foolish presidents[/li][li]On the right side of the big wars and the wrong side of the small ones[/li][li]International Ignorance and Manifest Destiny[/ul][/li]