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moniss

(4,279 posts)
33. Many years ago I had
Tue Dec 19, 2023, 01:59 PM
Dec 2023

the opportunity to spend some extended days in Canada in Alberta and in Manitoba. I was immediately struck, at lunch time, how much more I was seeing smiles and hearing positive discussion as opposed to the standard grim, nearly shell-shocked look we have in the US and the more negative things being discussed. When I inquired of my Canadian mates as to noticing the difference one of them gave me an answer that was most instructive. He told me that he meant no disrespect (a very Canadian thing to say and mean) and then said "We don't know how all of you stand it. The pressure. If we have to go to the doctor or the wife or kids needs a surgery we don't have to worry about losing the house in order to pay for it. If we lose a job or get laid off our system doesn't end up with us tossed into the streets and losing everything. So we think for all of you it must be absolutely terrible to have that worry over you every day." Certainly there are some twists and turns to any benefits program but his basic points were right on the money.

We in the US went through several extended periods in the last 50 years where everybody was scared for their job, losing health coverage, losing houses, fighting over money and losing marriages/relationships, starting all over again and again with job retraining after job retraining. Desperately seeking some stability and being able to see some sort of term of security/planning that could last longer than a couple of years but over and over again having it all turned upside down. Yes he was right about the parts he spoke of but that lack of a smile on the face of so many Americans in a fast food restaurant at lunch has even more behind it.

What you have said is not wrong, we need people who see our faults honestly Walleye Dec 2023 #1
If it suits you snowybirdie Dec 2023 #2
If you care snowybirdie Dec 2023 #3
If Trump becomes dictator Farmer-Rick Dec 2023 #13
Easy to say if you can blend in with everyone else ExWhoDoesntCare Dec 2023 #35
. WhiskeyGrinder Dec 2023 #4
There's fighting ExWhoDoesntCare Dec 2023 #36
I'm very aware of that. I saw nothing in the OP to indicate they face those challenges, and people who can seriously WhiskeyGrinder Dec 2023 #43
Don't leave: vote. Talk everyone you know into voting. When I get questioned I question those losers back ... marble falls Dec 2023 #5
And what happens if we vote and still lose? ExWhoDoesntCare Dec 2023 #37
There are always problems wherever you go and you'll be a foreigner. Fit in whether you like it or not. betsuni Dec 2023 #6
Almost all of our ancestors left their home country for a better life in the US. Irish_Dem Dec 2023 #7
My ancestors were brought here in chains. John Shaft Dec 2023 #10
Yes some were brought by force and enslaved. Irish_Dem Dec 2023 #19
I'm there with you moniss Dec 2023 #12
I can get a passport to one European country Irish_Dem Dec 2023 #20
Sadly it is a true fact moniss Dec 2023 #25
Yes. Your post is excellent. Irish_Dem Dec 2023 #27
These days it's extremely hard to gain entry to most countries dickthegrouch Dec 2023 #49
If the targeting of certain groups continue, they can argue they need be given refugee status. Irish_Dem Dec 2023 #53
If you are present in the US for more than 183 days in any calendar year dickthegrouch Dec 2023 #54
I thank goddess... usedtobedemgurl Dec 2023 #31
Many years ago I had moniss Dec 2023 #33
Ugly American Cherokee100 Dec 2023 #8
I agree that we have a lot of problems in this country, but many of them can be fixed with time and votes for Democrats. Lonestarblue Dec 2023 #9
If TFG is re-elected in 2024, I will abandon the US by January 2025. No apologies. sinkingfeeling Dec 2023 #11
My ancestors came here before William Penn RainCaster Dec 2023 #14
Lots of judgement on this thread, Eyesore. Each person has their own destiny, their own path. PatrickforB Dec 2023 #15
We've considered leaving too, but kids and grandkids here and the better concept of America is worth a fight dutch777 Dec 2023 #16
I thought about leaving this country but being as poor as I am I have no choice in the matter Stargazer99 Dec 2023 #17
I going to stick it out. pwb Dec 2023 #18
I Love My Country Deep State Witch Dec 2023 #21
Wherever you go to find serenity sindri Dec 2023 #24
That's always been my answer to the "Love it or leave it" false patriots Martin Eden Dec 2023 #32
I would have to be emotionally sick to love a country Stargazer99 Dec 2023 #40
Really where you going to go? UK was imperialistic and massively racist-still is. Demsrule86 Dec 2023 #22
It's BAD no doubt about that. BUT what if the soldiers in WW1 and WW2 thought that way and did the same? bluestarone Dec 2023 #23
Exactly my thought Rebl2 Dec 2023 #30
My Husband and I Have Discussed It Deep State Witch Dec 2023 #26
At least you have a good answer for your critics Shermann Dec 2023 #28
There's also how our divided government (dumb ass GOP isolationism) causes us to... brush Dec 2023 #29
Would emigrating lessen your love or your concerns for America? Martin Eden Dec 2023 #34
Worst country on the planet maxsolomon Dec 2023 #38
The country is a work-in-progress struggle4progress Dec 2023 #39
Criticizing the country is PART of being an American. WarGamer Dec 2023 #41
What country has the ethical purity your looking for? Mosby Dec 2023 #42
Thanks for the responses EYESORE 9001 Dec 2023 #44
This message was self-deleted by its author traitorsgalore Dec 2023 #48
If it weren't so expensive to move to a saner, more Democratic and liberal country to my liking... Silent3 Dec 2023 #45
I will never abandon my country to fascism Skittles Dec 2023 #46
This message was self-deleted by its author traitorsgalore Dec 2023 #47
America is beautiful not perfect uponit7771 Dec 2023 #50
Which places consider to be better civilized societies ? JI7 Dec 2023 #51
Yes. betsuni Dec 2023 #52
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