grokit23 said:They're born into it.
They start school and swear allegiance to the flag and then these pupils are brought up watching their government telling them it's necessary to reduce their personal freedoms for safety. No wonder that after a few years of this they're coming out of school thinking that the freedoms that they have are excessive. Bush and Cheney are clearly winning with their policies of restricting freedoms if the next generation doesn't even think they should question why they have less in the way of rights than their parents."
Wendy said:Is it, though? Far from disparaging Americans, I think this is as much a statement about young people and the educational system. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they undertook a similar survey here in England they found that a goodly proportion of young people had limited knowledge about the curtailment of civil rights in this country.
Wendy, parent of two teenagers
djchoppa said:Americans, far from being a bunch of loud mouthed, obnoxious, gun toting, xenophobic, narrow minded, petty, insecure, paranoid, self righteous, lazy, indolent, junk food eating, culture despising, fascistic, maniacal, sister marrying, deer hunting, beauty conscious, health fadding, nuclear proliferating, blueberry pie eating, sports obsessed, war mongering, ignorant, bigoted, cultureless, poltroons who piss openly in the street and spread filth, stupidity and their own peculiar brand of wholesome sanitized Christian hatred into each and every Coca Cola Big Mac litter infested corner of this planet, are in fact a peace loving nation full of fine upstanding people.
grokit23 said:@Speakafreaka and Reconstructed:
...but don't we all have a vested interest in the sorts of free speech that they're on about? Are you happy knowing that you don't have the same freedoms you had a few years back?