American hedonism closes its eyes to death, and has been
incapable of exorcising the destructive power of the moment
with a wisdom like that of the Epicureans of antiquity.

- Octavio Paz
Death is un-American, and an affront to every citizen's inalienable
right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

- Arnold Toynbee
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"As long as such self-serving hypocrisy
motivates America's response, Ukraine will
only sink further into needless bloodshed,
and that blood will be on America's head."
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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors,
since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors,
for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal
applies only upwards, not downwards.

― Bertrand Russell
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"What those 'racists' are reflexively and rightly reacting
to is the soulless chill as the fire goes out beneath the
melting pot. Those who think America can thrive as a
'cultural mosaic' are worse than fools; they're Canadians."

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Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe.
It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster,
in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe
have grown to appalling dimensions.

― Frantz Fanon
What the United States does best is understand itself.
What it does worst is understand others.

- Carlos Fuentes
Poor Mexico, so far from God
and so close to the United States.

- Porfirio Diaz
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"Indeed, everything about the American southland was magical
and exotic to the young Canadian musicians, from the sights
and smells to the drawling manner of speech to, especially, the
central role that music played in people’s everyday lives."

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America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
- Sigmund Freud
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
- Auguste Bartholdi
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"This is the tone of the China Century, a subtle
mix of Nazi/Soviet bravado and 'oriental'
cunning -- easily misunderstood, and
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"And for the others who argued for English-only
patriotism, I note that there are more than
57 million Americans (about 20% of the nation)
whose first-language is not English...."

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"This is the behavior, and the fate, of paranoid
old-world tyrants like Hitler or Saddam, not liberal new-world democracies like America pretends to be."

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America is the only nation in history which
miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to
degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

- Georges Clemenceau
I found there a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce.
- Charles–Maurice Talleyrand
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle,
and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

- Edmund Burke
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.
- Marshall McLuhan
"The removal of racist sports nicknames (and mascots) seems outrageously belated
-- why, exactly, has this civil rights cause
taken so long to gain momentum?"

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The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the
United States reactionaries use to scare people.
It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.

- Mao Tse-tung
They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but
they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

- Red Cloud
In America sex is an obsession,
in other parts of the world it is a fact.

- Marlene Dietrich
I would rather have a nod from an American,
than a snuff-box from an emperor.

- Lord Byron
One day the United States discovered it was an empire.
But it didn’t know what an empire was.
It thought that an empire was merely the biggest of all corporations.

- Roberto Calasso
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather
be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

- Alexis de Tocqueville
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"No one, I thought, could watch those scenes, of young children slaughtered en masse, and so many parents grieving, without thinking that this, finally, would tip some kind of balance in the country."
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If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams
then you must still regard America today with the same naive
enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.

- Jean Baudrillard
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
- Samuel Johnson
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land.

- Philip Bailey
"What can be more powerful than disinformation in the Information Age?"
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England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- Sir Walter Besant
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by
posterity because he was the last to discover America.

- James Joyce
Now, from America, empty indifferent things
are pouring across, sham things, dummy life.

- Rainer Maria Rilke
If the United States is to recover fortitude and lucidity,
it must recover itself, and to recover itself it must
recover the "others"- the outcasts of the Western world.
- Octavio Paz
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
It has been going on now for three hundred years.

- Oscar Wilde
"America really is, for most Americans, all things considered, a good place to be, and all they really want is for everyone to enjoy the same privilege and pleasure."
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America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that
lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.

- Georg Friedrich Hegel
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room.
Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

- Arnold Toynbee
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill
The thing that impresses me most about Americans
is the way parents obey their children.

- Edward, Duke of Windsor
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering
what average opinion believes average opinion to be.

- John Maynard Keynes
Europe was created by history.
America was created by philosophy.

- Margaret Thatcher
America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of
Europe are melting and reforming!... The real American has not yet arrived.
He is only in the crucible, I tell you - he will be the fusion of all races.

- Israel Zangwill
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those
who have seen America only in their dreams.

- Pico Iyer
America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- Ringo Starr
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.
It has never yet melted.

― D.H. Lawrence
I have two conflicting visions of America.
One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

― Bono
The American mirror, said the voice, the sad American mirror
of wealth and poverty and constant useless metamorphosis,
the mirror that sails and whose sails are pain.

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Author Topic: Leave the Beer, Take a Bullet


MelissaRos-
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Leave the Beer, Take a Bullet
on: March 31, 2016, 09:08

Guns always seems to be a hot topic in relation to America, but what I find is never acknowledged, and perhaps it's just me, is that an individual must be 21 years old in order to have a sip of alcohol, yet, 18 years old to pick up an assault rifle and decide who should live and who should die.

For starters, I do not want anyone to get the wrong idea about this post. I do not wish to offend or discredit any of those who fight for our freedom and protect us on a daily basis-I too have people that I love fighting on the front lines-it is more out of curiosity to reveal others' opinions on the matter. I mean, at the age of 18 I could barely tell you what I wanted to go to university for and here we are allowing teenagers unlimited access to highly dangerous firepower. Yes, there are two sides to every argument/opinion, and although there are some individuals who are mentally and physically prepared to handle the consequences of their actions-given the appropriate training-should there not still be a worry? There is an enormous amount of responsibility that comes along with making life altering decisions within the span of a split second, and I do not think that anyone is prepared for a moment like that, regardless of age. However, I do believe that there needs to be some sort of boundary.

I am sure the government sees things much differently, that in a way they are obtaining support and creating stronger relationships between the state and the individual members of the community. I would agree that by reaching out to various age groups, and genders, and receiving a positive response back solidifies the belief that there is a want to exercise choice in the matter; yet, I cannot get passed the fact that kids are essentially doing so much damage in the name of peace. Where is the peace in participating in violent acts against others? I understand that we all make choices in our lives and that they essentially shape the outcome of various instances, but maybe teenagers should be left to make a few more "bad choices" that have a less likely outcome of winding them up in a morgue.



hannah.gil-
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Novice Their American
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Re: Leave the Beer, Take a Bullet
on: April 6, 2016, 14:13

Melissa, I agree with the point you're making. It is ridiculous that youth can have the power to end a life before they get the legal right to drink.

I have never agreed for citizens to have the right to bear arms. I believe that only those in authoritative positions, such as the police, should have this right to defend themselves. Police are provided with the special training to fire a gun, and most individuals are unable to maintain the composure and aim when they are firing under pressure. The reason that Americans feel the need to own guns is because everyone around them owns one, so a group of teenagers breaking into your home will most likely possess at least one firearm among them. However, I do not think that anyone has the right to kill another person at any age, unless it is in the instance of self-defence. In any given situation, people fire their guns impulsively and do not consider the consequences, which can be said even more so for young people.

That being said, regardless of what the legal drinking age is, kids under the age of 21 will still have access to alcohol. Although there is the possibility of death with underage drinking (such as drinking and driving) the fatalities from gun usage are much higher. To answer your question, I feel that guns are not used rationally by citizens at any age. Individuals are attempting to take the law into their own hands, and no one should be able to yield this power. With respect to the law allowing for the use of guns before alcohol, I think this is extremely absurd, but kids would be able to get their hands on both regardless of age. There have been many cases in the past few years where children ( as young as three) get access to their parents' guns and accidentally shoot themselves or their siblings. This is such an unnecessary tragedy, and illustrates that it is not necessarily age that can cause damage with gun use, but just the accessibility of guns.

This can be related to the age of getting a license in Canada. One can get their G1 and begin driving at the age of sixteen, and the instances of car accidents can cause fatalities as well. The issue with young people being able to access these privileges at such a young age is not a fault of their own, but rather the government. In comparing this to alcohol consumption in the States, it can be questioned as to whether young people are getting these legal rights too early, or if society as a whole (i.e. parents) are not regulating it properly.



AlishaP
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Posts: 9
Re: Leave the Beer, Take a Bullet
on: April 8, 2016, 18:44

This topic is one that I have wondered and questioned about before… I never understood how easy it is for young Americans to have access to a gun. That was until I walked into a fishing store in the United States (similar to Bass Pro Shops in Canada). They have guns lined up for people to purchase, and it does not take a lot of information or training for an individual to purchase one.
It does not make sense that an 18 year old in the United States can legally purchase and have access to a gun, but it would be deemed illegal for them to have a sip of beer. How does the government think it is okay for mere children to purchase these weapons that can potentially take away a life? How do they determine that the age of 18 is acceptable to do so? Is it because of the Constitution? Don’t get me wrong, alcohol can do the same as well. It’s just that at 20 years old, I barely know what I want. I would not like the responsibility of carrying a gun that could cause so much damage.
I agree with Hannah that only certain people in authoritative positions should bear arms; it makes it easy to track and manage what is going on and who has access to these very powerful weapons. This issue is one that has been debated about for years and comes up every time an unfortunate event happens. The government needs to regulate these privileges to make the country a better and safer place for all.

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