Monday, July 03, 2006

Something for Independence Eve

Those who would call America its enemy...

To those who claim to love America but then proceed to denigrate its every aspect...

To those who know all of this to be true, but simply need a reminder...

I give you What's So Great About America.

The immigrant cannot help noticing that America is a country where the poor
live comparatively well. This fact was dramatized in the 1980s, when CBS
television broadcast an anti-Reagan documentary, “People Like Us,” which was
intended to show the miseries of the poor during an American recession. The
Soviet Union also broadcast the documentary, with the intention of embarrassing
the Reagan administration. But it had the opposite effect. Ordinary people
across the Soviet Union saw that the poorest Americans had television sets and
cars. They arrived at the same conclusion that I witnessed in a friend of mine
from Bombay who has been trying unsuccessfully to move to the United States for
nearly a decade. I asked him, “Why are you so eager to come to America?” He
replied, “Because I really want to live in a country where the poor people are
fat.”

[h/t Fark]

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