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Peter

I am a Brit living in Colorado. I have to say that I do not think the Americans are any more stupid than the British, although they are very different. I have been overwhelmed by how polite and accommodating people are here. True, many Americans have not stepped out of their country - but it is indeed a country of great variety and expanse. I never stepped out of England for a long time! Don't forget, in the UK we have the luxuary of having the Continent but an hour away from us.

And let's look at ourselves, taking the log out of our eye before removing the speck from another's - how many Brits (and newspapers, and even the BBC) continue refer to the Continent incorrectly as 'Europe', or just like Americans we often show a lack of knowledge when we go across to foreign lands expecting everyone to speak English.


What do I like about the US?
1. There is so much to do here
2. Shops are open longer
3. Prices are more reasonable - especially eating out
4. People are friendly and hospitable
5. There are lots of nice mountains to run up and down and ski
6. People respect the military (speaking as ex-UK army, where we are often regarded as stupid in the UK)

What do I loath about it?
1. Everyone drives - very little public transport in most places; hardly any trains! I never owned a car before I came here. An enviromental disaster - although nothing compared to the forthcoming disaster with the production of cars in the developing world.
1a. You're likely to get knocked off your bike if you don't have eyes in the back of your head, and on the side, and a radar on your helmet.
2. The news - I prefer UK news
3. No decent curry houses, that I have found yet anyway!

Rob

Peter, I have to agree with you on a few of your points. I have had the plesure to meet some stupid American when on holiday, but thats only because you dont know who they are until you chat with them, so for a long time I liked to think England was much brighter. I met a true Manc lady the other day and I do believe she must have been the most retarded person I had ever come across. Im not saying that im inteligent. I am rubbish a spelling. Your comment about Brits not respecting the Armed forces, I have to disagree. Everyone I have met respects what the armed forces do, most of them just say they are stupid cause they dont have the balls to sign up. It didnt help that Prince Harry got into Sandhurst even though his grades would not have qualified your average person.

I heard from a friend at uni in America that Americans are a great friend when you first meet until the point they decide they dont like you, compared to Brits who dont like you until they have decided that your a nice person.

Janus Polenceus

Every time when the USA goes to war with another country why they expect the UK to go with them? Invading other lands and killing inocent people. If we England or UK has to be slaves of the USA so how comes it is so difficult for the English or UK people to get visa to the USA?

James Thomas

Damn right! I agree with everything above you've said! Now we just need a crossword book to confuse Bush and we can stroll in and take over. After all, most of the American armed forces are blindly killing each other in Iraq and Afghanistan, so we are free to do as we wish. I suggest we start with New England, and change the name to Little England.

Jay

Ehh, what do ya' know, another Pommie pissing parade. Don't you guys have some taxes to pay? I hear Price 'Arry needs a new car.

Jay

Hey James.. you'll be mighty pleased to know (or not) there are plenty of dentists in the newly reaquired "Little England".

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Well, the yanks ARE known for being the most cretinous creatures known to man.

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1) Taking the rights of states to legislate themselves and control themselves - Civil War.
2) Making ammendments contradictory to the Bill of Rights throught the years.
3) Double, triple and quadruple taxation in most states.
4) Having Osama Bin Laden for president takes the cake, but presidents are scape goats for the corporations' CEOs and various politicians acting on their behalf.
5) The law governing parents on spanking their children.
6) The ole religious priests can do no wrong, YOU are the Heretic (child molesters).
7) "In God We Trust" the old alliance of church and government is all over our currency and judicial buildings.
8) Media has and is governed by the Feds, ex. there is no radio station that is not sanctioned and monitored and licensed by them. There goes freedom of speech.
9) The institution of slave labor has gone one cheaper and sold all jobs local to foreign countries like china and india.
10) Safety and security of the nation are compromised by (in the war on terrorism) not incarcerating muslims or out right kicking them out of state, actually use security on all our borders, land, air and sea.

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