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14 July 2013 @ 12:41 pm
Dear American friends  
What the fucking fuck?

I mean, I know that you are all also saying what the fucking fuck, because we're friends and all, but, fuck …

I am rarely reduced to spluttering profanity, but when you have one state banning abortion one day and another legalising murder the next …

Seriously, if any of you like marsupials, I do recommend Sydney or Melbourne. It's not perfect here, but it's much less grim if you're not a wealthy white man.

You're all going to stay and try to fix things, aren't you? Because you've got that American capability and boundless hope. In which case, GOOD LUCK! I believe in Americans like YOU! And those other fuckers can fuck right off.
 
 
 
Maggieteas_me on July 14th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I'll tell you this. If I weren't married (because he's never leaving the state, let alone the country) and it wasn't difficult to move to another country and live there for the rest of my life, I totally would.

Things like this make me embarrassed and sad that I'm American. This is not who I am and my country is definitely not representing me (or millions of people like me) to the best of their abilities.

America isn't the great place people seem to think it is. We actually kind of suck when it comes to basic human rights.

But I think I better shut up now before the FBI or the NSA or whatever other flavour of the week National agency finds out and suddenly no one can find me.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 14th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
Look, we have stupid-arse shit in Australia, too, and you would not believe some of the idiocy that we've trotted out in Britain, so it's not JUST you guys, but …

I think the difference once again comes down to guns. We have stupid people by the bucketload, and sometimes stupid laws, and people who wilfully do stupid things, but you're just SO much less likely to die from it because practically no-one has a gun.

If Zimmerman had had a hi-vis vest and a neighbourhood watch walkie-talkie, there would have been an exchange of rude words and that would have been it. This whole idea of guns protecting is just such crap, they are enormously more likely to be used in domestic assaults, suicides and accidents.

American CAN be a great place: you sometimes do things that inspire the rest of us and make you rightly proud, it's just that the voices of irrationality are so bloody loud and powerful there. I live in hope they will be shouted down more and more in coming years.

And don't worry, they're busy trying to ferret Snowden out of Moscow and Assange out that bloody embassy ;-)
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on July 14th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
Exactly. What the fucking fuck?
burdened with glorious purpose: no habla crazyfemmequixotic on July 14th, 2013 03:13 am (UTC)
I think my boundless hope is starting to reach its bounds.

:(
Geneva2010geneva2010 on July 14th, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
Juries are one thing, but the anti-abortion nightmare is downright depressing.
excentric397excentric397 on July 14th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
We are not all moronic idiots here. We don't all agree with the disgusting behavior exhibited by many of our elected officials. Unfortunately, however, thinking for oneself has given way to just believing what you are told without question. Repeatedly voting against your own best interests, putting people in office who don't have the slightest interest in doing what's best for the citizens. Hate anyone and everyone who is the slightest bit different, or not as fortunate in circumstances. I am left feeling hopeless and helpless with no idea what to do about any of it. Dig a hole and crawl in, maybe. I actually have opinions about how we got here, and who to blame, but nobody really cares, or is willing to do anything about anything. The new America's motto is, "I've got mine, so screw you. Oh, and I want yours as well." By the way, have you heard what Justin Beiber may or may not have done. This passes for news. Not the country I was raised to believe it was. Not even close. I despair.
Sherrysherryillk on July 14th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
I can't say I'm too surprised. I was really hoping they would at least give him manslaughter but it didn't feel like the prosecution was doing too well... :(

I just can't get over the fact that Trayvon Martin was probably just trying to defend himself against a creepy adult that was stalking him and had a gun. T_T I really wonder what would happened if Zimmerman had been the one killed instead of him...
makes me mellow right down to my soulfrances_veritas on July 14th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
i feel so sick and hopeless right now actually. man oh man.
Wenchiladawenchilada on July 14th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
Yes ma'am. What the fuck, y'all???
Susanlil_shepherd on July 14th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
Quite.

alisannealisanne on July 14th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
What the fucking fuck?

Exactly.
celestlyncelestlyn on July 14th, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
There is no consistency when it comes to States Rights. You will always have the red (conservative) states against the blue (liberal) states and never the two shall meet. If you took the whole center of the United States and moved it over, then took the east coast and the west coast and stuck them together, you would have two completely different countries bearing little resemblance to each other.

Truly, we aren't all morons. (Just the ones in power?) IDK, it's pretty embarrassing. There is no consistency. It is hypocritical to make laws that run completely in opposition to each other. I guess to the rest of the world the US just looks to be bipolar!!

Edited at 2013-07-14 05:09 am (UTC)
Janey Procrastinatorjaney_p on July 14th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Truly, we aren't all morons. (Just the ones in power?)

Heh! Summed up like this it seems to cement my theory: Once you're a politician, your brain power decreases rapidly...
Or they're all brainwashed by a master mind in the shadows. ;)

As I'm not familiar with American legislation: What has to happen to undo that abortion law? And how soon could that happen?

Here's to hoping that all the people against it will be able to make a difference somehow, even after it has been passed.
Good luck!
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Kareinakareina on July 14th, 2013 05:52 am (UTC)
I have no idea what you are talking about, since, unlike you, I don't follow the news, and, honestly, I am not certain I want to know the details, it will likely just make me grateful that I live in Sweden, and I enjoy it enough here on its own merits, I don't need to think less of other places to like this one...
ashindkashindk on July 14th, 2013 09:59 am (UTC)
I don't really understand the last bit, to be honest. I live right next door to you in Denmark, and I like it enough here to not want to move anywhere else, except maybe Sweden or Norway ;-)
But that doesn't mean that I can't be worried about the state of the rest of the world. It's not thinking less of them, it's just being worried for all the people who are not fortunate enough to live in places like this, or similar.

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NathalieWeasleynathalieweasley on July 14th, 2013 06:17 am (UTC)
What the fucking fuck?
Yes, exactly.

I have become more politically-aware recently (previously I was of the politicians are corrupt/all the legal stuff is crap and sucks but doesn't affect me variety) and these issues are making me sick. I stayed up and watched the entire Wendy Davis filibuster with a friend and it was one of the most inspirational things I've seen, particularly when I'm watching and the Youtube view count reaches over 200,000 on a week night. And then the politicians step back in and organize a new voting. And Ohio quietly passes a new anti-abortion law. And Wisconsin adds measures. As does North Carolina....

And the MURDER case of Trayvon is pissing me off as well. On one hand, no one should have a "trial by media." HOWEVER, a kid was murdered and a man carrying a gun who was recommended not to have the gun AND to not follow the kid KILLS THE KID. It is very difficult to understand a defense of self-defense when ten minutes earlier the killer was in a locked car viewing a pedestrian with no hints that he was armed.

On a side note, I'm planning to move to France after getting my PhD...
oakstone730oakstone730 on July 14th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
It is terrible. I don't understand what is happening in this country.
Angelinangelinadb on July 14th, 2013 08:07 am (UTC)
I am so depressed right now....