arma virumque cano (et alia)
Europeans have their stereotypes too and the stereotype they have about Americans is not very flattering.
That's true, Debra, but a friend of mine from the UK just yesterday was telling me how it was when he was growing up, I guess in the 80s. If asked they'd put Americans down, but secretly they admired us and wanted to emulate.Laci, thanks for that quiz. I loved the very first question.
Yes, that does fit in with this blog.And makes one un-american:1) How do you feel about guns?a) Guns should be legal - it's each person's right to protect themselvesb) Guns should be outlawed as much as possiblec) Guns are a huge problem in the US and make it incredibly dangerous
Gosh, Laci.......spent time in foreign countries (ok, for me it was not years at any one time, but a lot of time over the course of my life), we speak multiple languages (and presumably expect that we should stumble along in the language of the country we are in, rather than expecting everyone in the world to accomodate us by speaking English), and I think we can safely assert we are both 'sophisticated' about books.Yeah.I can imagine someone trying to claim that makes one or both of us somehow less American.Sheesh! The greatest irony about all that? I'd bet either of us knows more about American history and geography, the founding fathers and the pertinent founding documents, especially the U.S. Constitution, and could do a better job of teaching the ignorant tea partiers and others U.S. civics than those people who would paint us as less American.I can pass every version of the test to become a citizen of the United States that I have ever seen, with a score of 100%. That's better than nearly 40% of the citizens in this country who were born here.So.........does that mean that the people who have come here from other countries, and passed their citizenship testing are more American?I think you could make an argument that they are. That any of us who cold pass that test who were born here ARE. I'd throw in bonus points for anyone who could name the majority of those in cabinet positions in the past decade, and the current, and recent past, members of the Supreme Court.I can. I know Laci can. I bet Jodie Foster could too. The gun loon low information voters........not so much.