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Is The US Being Laughed At?  
User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

I got an e-mail today which made me wonder. Is the rest of the world laughing at the US, for the mess our elections is? It is such a mess I would not be surprised if they are. You now how some countries send people to watch over the elections to make sure it is done properly. Today Fidel Castro said he will happily send some one to keep an eye on it!!
Iain

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User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

We shouldn't really care if anyone laughs at us. Our system is like no other, and as someone else said, in what other country in the world could we have this close an election?

User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

Fidel Castro has some work to do in his own country before he can be monitoring others.

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

I don't see riot police on the streets of Florida. Why should people be laughing? It's not like there will be a military insurrection as a result of this mix-up. For a country with such a large population, to have election complications like those in Florida pale in comparison to what can happen in other, smaller countries around the world.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

Oh the United States is SO BEING LAUGHED AT. Well, by all except the staunchest allies of the US (ie Japan). I was watching C-SPAN (scary huh?) because it was running news snippets from all over the world, and the Deutsche Welle English news program had a few quotes, the governments of many countries were poking fun at the US.

Moi,
Kai



Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Every country has problems, every elections are not perfect, we all know that. The problem with the USA is that your leaders are always claiming how perfect your system is, how your democracy is an example for the rest of the world and that you're the land of freedom. When these kind of problems happen you must expect everybody to jump on you unless your leaders and the american people shown us a more humble way of thinking.

User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

Mirage very well said. I do not see you around here much, are you busy at work?
Iain


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1575 times:

Although I think that much of the comments that poke fun at the U.S. are pretty undeserved, one cannot deny that the U.S. is the butt of many jokes in the world now. I was suprised to see how scathing of the U.S. prominent newspapers in Europe were of the election when I heard some of their comments on the BBC.

Aaron G.


User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

I dont think that what is happening in the US is any laughing matter. Quite the contrary. And if "other countries" are laughing it only shows their sense of responsibility.

The process of selecting a leader to lead a large democracy must appear free and fair, otherwise it ends up dividing people, and ends up damaging the very fabric of the nation. Look at the way the Democrats and
Republicans are fighting each other! Disgusting!

I personally think that it is a sign that poll-reforms, and a change in the way polls are conducted in the US should be implemented. I think that it should be one of the first things that the new leader must consider.

A lot of the responsibility must be borne by the American media. This was the first time I was watching their election coverage, and i (and many of my friends) thought that it was clearly substandard. And by jumping the gun on Numerous occassions, they lost what little credibility they had.

I wonder why u guys arent hauling them by their collars!


User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Hey Iain, I'm not very busy at work, in Winter season it's very quiet around here. From time to time I pass in this forum but what I like the most for now is the aviation photography forum.

have fun
Luis


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Mirage - I See, I really do not visit that forum that much! See you around!
Iain


User currently offlineKonaB777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

As a citizen of the United States, I have to say that we deserve to be laughed at. The United (or Untied) States is over 200 years old, has elected 42 presidents, and this has never happened before.

Time to move Untied from United Airlines and give it to the U.S. as the:

Untied States of America!!!


User currently offlineB737-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1542 times:


Last night there was a great thing on a big European (German) TV show.
3 Americans had to count the seats in the arena and had to get the same result.
Result : Every one of them was wrong and had a different number than the others.

That was so funny.  

B737-700



User currently offlineOO-VEG From Netherlands, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 1111 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1538 times:

I think the rest of the world is really laughing at you. Especially Russia likes the mess you are making in Florida. I have read Presidant Poetin said their country was far more democratic than the USA because of the simple reason they have a more democratic way to choose a president.

I must say I am laughing too. Oh my, how is it possible to make such a mess of elections???

By the way, do you americans think you have a democratic way of chosing a president, If you ask me it isn't. The popular vote went to Al Gore so most Americans voted for him although he is not president yet. That sounds really silly to me.


User currently offlineWindsong From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Mmmmmmm, nope. Too busy with my own life in my own country.

What you guys are doing with your elections is of absolutely no consequence to me.  


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Were laughing with yall.


OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

I cant believe tha Americans would vote for a man with a sticking plaster covering a boil on his face!! Couldnt it cover his gob as well??

User currently offlineWoody From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

The type of gov't we operate is a Republic. The sytem we use is Democracy. The electoral college was instituted for "Majority rule, minortiy rights" a saying which is long forgotten in my experiences.

Another thing, people complain about "socialists and communists," but if a communist won the presidency the U.S. wouldn't become a communist state because of the system that our "Founding Fathers" created. We would have Congress and the Supreme Court to balance out the President. And if the President were to do something that violated the Constitution the American people have the right to rebel because the Constitution is the the contract between the gov't and the people. If the gov't breaks that contract, the citizens can replace the gov't.


User currently offlineSn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1482 times:

Heck, even on a Dallas Stars broadcast, the announcers were poking fun of the U.S.. What they said was that: "Now you can vote for your favorite players online for the All Star Game. It is actually a good idea that they are doing this, in order to make it easier on the people. The only problem I see is that lets say you are from West Palm Beach and you want to vote for Pavel Bure, but accidentally vote for his brother Valeri. That could cause some controversy. Man, tonight we are going to beat that one tonight."

User currently offlineSn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1479 times:

The last word should read "to death" not tonight.

User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1474 times:

Does anyone really care if we are being laughed at? I dont! We dont need a president elect till Inauguration Day, which is a while away. So what is all the fuss about? We still have a President. At least in the USA we can have recounts when the ballot numbers so close together. But anothe thing people might be wondering. Isn't this election what is happening in some of hte countries in the middle east? Gore won popular vote, yet Bush will most likly be declred president elect? Hmmmmmm......i just dont feel that is right. but i guess that dont matter b/c the way the college is set up is the way it was set up over 200 years ago. So who know. I dont care what other people think of the USA, I htink we rock.

User currently offlineAussiemite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1464 times:

I found this discussion on what other people have to say about the USA..


http://plasma.worldgroup.net.au/~spengler/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?matchview=99&action=list

if that dosnt work try: www.come.to/kewn and find your way to the forum its getting very intresting


User currently offlineDeltaRNOmd-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

They may be laughing at us, but will they be laughing when we are saving their asses or sending help their way? Another thing about Bush that I like is that he is going to back down on the foreign involvement, they laugh at us now and when they need help they come crying. We should nuke em, that would shut em up  

User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Delta,

"They may be laughing at us, but will they be laughing when we are saving their asses or sending help their way?"

You may be surprised but I agree with you on the above. Too many people seem to forget very quickly just how much help the USA has been to many countries in times of need.

mb


User currently offlineWoody From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (13 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

I think that most are amazed, its the few that are vocal that make it seem like we're being laughed at. We have such a good system that it has lasted over 200 years. The fact that we have a change of office peacefully is something that we should be proud of. How many countries have had the people in power stay in power because of force? It amazes me also that countries have said bad things about the U.S., but come running when they need something.
We should just be happy that the change of office will be done peacefully. This is a testament of the thought that went into the designing of our government and the people who stood by the Constitution.


25 LH423 : I don't think the US will be "saving anyone's asses" anytime soon. Also, it was generally not seen by many Yugoslavians as "saving" when we were bombi
26 LH423 : I don't think the US will be "saving anyone's asses" anytime soon. Also, it was generally not seen by many Yugoslavians as "saving" when we were bombi
27 LH423 : I don't think the US will be "saving anyone's asses" anytime soon. Also, it was generally not seen by many Yugoslavians as "saving" when we were bombi
28 Post contains images DeltaRNOmd-80 : We got the message the 2nd time Mx5, we actually agree, hehe. I just think its hypocritical of nations to beg for help and then turn around and laugh
29 Mx5_boy : Aussiemite, Is that where you got those crazy topics you posted the other day? I went to that forum and from the small amount I read, there is not a h
30 Mirage : The USA only helps when is of your convenience, for 25 years East Timor suffered from mass killings and was ocupied by Indonesia, were was your help?
31 DeltaRNOmd-80 : I dont think it is much of a convenience when you send troops into eastern Europe/Russia to get killed when all the villagers have expressed hate towa
32 DG_pilot : Sometimes I am amazed at the difference from what is actually going on in the United States, and what many outsiders, especially some Europeans, THIN
33 Brissie_lions : Firstly, I love the French, and I think they genuinely like us Aussies as well. So not everyone hates them. As for the Russians, you would be surprise
34 Post contains images DG_pilot : I figured all would be able to figure out my statement, meaning not taking it exact word for word, when I said no one likes the French. Of course som
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