Outside view of America
After all the recent events in the USA, I heard someone say this yesterday: ‘What must the image of America be from the outside?’
I don’t know, and I’m not one to care what other people think, but in this case….I’d be interested to know.
It’s how the world views the USA on the world stage, but is it important? I’m guessing it’s a conversation piece at many a table.
It’s worth reading this BBC piece to see how the UK is reporting on the current situation with the government shutdown and how it really is, in reality, taking its toll on the lives of people. And this, about how Texas is supporting the government shutdown.
I posted this on my UK Desperate Housewife USA Facebook last night – it’s being doing the social media rounds.
An American chap, whom I don’t know, commented thus:
‘Well wasnt (sic) expecting you to take side. Leave the politics alone.’
Um, I thought this was the country that allowed freedom of speech…?! And politics – if it’s performing on the world stage and I’m right here, living and breathing in the consequences of those political decisions, and talking to my neighbour about his distress at being furloughed, I think American politics is ripe for conversation. Don’t you?
And really, it made me smile, because this is just humour/humor, in the face of adversity. That’s how we Brits deal with things, and I know many Americans do too – sometimes, it’s easier that way. Just not for this guy! Many Brits commented that they loved the humour in this. You know, if this was happening in the UK, we’d be ripping the piss out of ourselves! Fact. 🙂
Visitors to the USA!
Anyway, on a lighter note, my mother is coming over from the UK today! For a whole month! 😉
I wanted to let her know that, with all the shootings and wotnot, not to be too afraid. If there is one good thing that comes out of all this, the pound is on its way up against the dollar for her visit…….