I can't help but think that Americans project some sort of..I dunno, on former presidents (and other people of note), to such a degree that they put them on a pedestal and idolize them without questioning their actions. Cp. this thread on sw.com.

It's like, (some part of) Americans are just so parochial in their views of the world. And I don't mean in the sense of their "we could care less abou the rest of the world" attitude, but also in their behaviour towards people with different vies than them.

Yesterday I was watching an interview with Richard Sennett (bio from the Guardian), a professor of the London School of Economics, and he was talking about how American patriotism is linked with a certain type of religiosity. And also how the working class and the lower middle-class see them selves as the true patiots, and true Americans. While they look upon the middle-class and the higher midle-class as not so patriotic. Why such a divide, I wonder? Yet there don't seem to be a class-divide in politics. Or maybe I'm wrong about that, but it sure seems like it.

The fact that America 'seems' to be a two-party system (I know, there are other parties, but how much power do they have??), is downright scary, to be honest. It doesn't seem very democratic to me. How can two parties cover the opinions of 2-300 million people? I highly doubt it. As a consequence of that there must be a large minority (majority??), whose voice isn't heard, because they have noone to represent them. And if they do, they are drowned out by the cacophony of the Repubican and the Democrat parties. I suppose that means that those people then have to choose, according to their 'beliefs', between the lesser of two "evils".

What spawned this huge entry?, you might ask. Well, this thread on sw.com, dedicated to the memory of Ronald Reagan. I don't agree with his politics, at all. The only good thing I have to say about him is that he was one of the moving forces in ending the Cold War. However, I didn't see any purpose in saying so in that place, out of respect for people who will mourn his loss. (Which I don't. Cause he was old and barely a shadow of the man he once was, and I didn't know him. Can you really be saddened when someone you don't know, dies??) Although I must say that my respect for some people have dwindled somewhat, considering how they've carried on when faced with other people not agreeing with their views about Ronald Reagan.

*phew* All done now.

PS. Today was my last day at work, as you may know, and the bunch of people I usually work with, had got me a card and a bottle of wine and some chocolates. That was very nice of them. :-)

Don't worry, Stroupee, I wont eat the chocolate. ;-b

PPS. Congratulations! You made it all the way to the end! Please leave a comment below. :-)

Sunday, June 06, 2004 posted by Wardi @ 9:14 PM