Since recently I have been interacting with a number of people from over the ‘Pond’ I thought I would share this article.
Stephen Hill (an American journalist) wrote a very good piece in yesterday’s electronic edition of the Guardian in which he tries to show his American audience the background that gives rise to the bewilderment of many Europeans at the virulent opposition by a large number of Americans to the health care reform in the USA. Here is what an Austrian tells Stephen:
“I don’t understand you Americans. You blow billions on a useless war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and billions more to bail out banks that nearly bankrupted the world economy, but you don’t ensure healthcare for your own people. Even Obama can’t make a difference. It’s as if your democracy doesn’t work any more.”
I am not sure that our American friends have the time or willingness to see why many of us here in Europe find it almost incredible that many Americans can’t notice that in pursuit for wealth and individualism the American society has lost it’s human soul. Many Americans probably see this European criticism as a sneer or a kind of ‘hard feeling’ towards America. But this is not true since most Europeans appreciate America and are in love with American ideals. Far from being enemies of America they actually are concerned and are afraid that American society is in danger of ripping itself apart and leaving all of us with our dreams and ideals shattered and in disarray.