Wednesday, January 12, 2011
America, where you can hate with impunity
Here in Europe, we look upon this sort of political debate in despair, how is it that the citizens of our most important political, military and business ally can behave in such a manner. People around the world see how Americans speak about other and it worries them. Last year's large scale oil spill was seized upon by the US government, right up to its very highest office, as an excuse to make political ground against British companies as a whole, no matter that the company in question employs more people and generates more tax revenue and wealth in the USA than it does in the UK. When we were planning our annual holiday last year, we watched the news, commiserated with the people who have lost their livelihoods, then watched a bit more in shock as people turned the event into a general attack on all things British. We saw people saying that they would never buy anything British made ever again and then we thought, 'South Africa, we could spend our hard earned tourist money there, they'll appreciate it more.'
There is a problem in part of American society and politics, that problem is exemplified by people like Glenn Beck and his supporters who think that hate, fear, bullying and intimidation is a reasonable way to behave in life and politics. Here at home, I may not like or agree with the policies of David Cameron, but his views don't make him evil, he's just a married bloke with kids doing a job, much like the rest of us, and I can disagree with his supporters on a political level without thinking any less of them as people.