Ohh, so this forum is ONLY for Americans, or those foreigners who thinks that "the sun shines out of the a** of any American"??
Yes, I may come across as "superior" to you, because I point out things that doesn't fit with the idea that "superiority" is something that belongs to Americans.
Well sorry SIR!!! I don't buy the American "superiority" thing. For that I don't apologize.
I have worked too long with too many Americans to be taken in by such notions. I have met and worked with Americans I hold in great esteem, but those have been able to see the world in a more realistic light, not as "black and white", with all things American being right, or "superior".
I know that it is hard to be told that what you have been thought to believe all your life is not necessarily correct. America isn't #1 in all things, except in military might and the #1 single economy by volume. (If European Union, or even the Euro Zone, was regarded as a single economy that would be #1 economy in the world, but with China soon to overtake both)
America hasn't got the most "freedom", the freest press, or the most democratic system in the world, nor is it "the best country to live in" by a long stretch of the imagination.
Freedom to own and carry guns is NOT a freedom most people in the world aspire to, but the freedom to not have to worry about being shot by some nutcase that is allowed to do so, is very much something people in the rest of the developed world value.
Likewise, the freedom to NOT have to worry about being able to pay for medical care, or the economical consequences of being disabled, laid off from work, or a whole host of other calamities, like pension funds and health insurance disappearing because they are tied to your employer remaining in business etc. etc.
Europeans may pay more in direct taxes, but they get a lot back in return, like universal health care, guaranteed old age and disability pension and free education etc.
What do you get? Corrupt politicians that spend more time squabbling between themselves than trying to better the live for the average citizen. (When they are not busy fund rising, that is)
If you actually believe that American built vessels are of superior quality. or American mariners are somehow superior to the foreign eqv, you ARE living in a dream world.
If that was the case America would still have a large fleet of ships trading the world's oceans, with drilling rigs and OSV working worldwide all flying "stars & strips" and being manned with American crews, That is obviously NOT the case, nor is it likely to be so ever again.
As I have said many times, I have lived and worked in Asia most of my life and do not buy the notion of one race, or nationality being superior to any other. There are differences in culture and opportunities to learn, but that doesn't make anybody less able to learn, given the opportunity to receive training, or learn from experience.
I may be Norwegian citizen, but I'm not a Norwegian nationalist, (If anything, more of a Singapore patriot)
But I am proud to point out that Norway is a leader in Marine technology and the fact that Norway, with the rest of Scandinavia, being in the forefront in caring for their citizens and residents, regardless of origin, religion, sexual orientation or social status. If that is too hard to hear, I'm sorry. (No, not for saying so. For you who cannot accept facts)
Now I can hear the cry to ban this IDIOT from OUR forum. How dear he tell us Americans ANYTHING, especially something we don't want to hear. He isn't American and doesn't live in America, so he can't possibly know anything about anything.