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Old 07.03.2012, 11:54
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I have and do speak to the locals a lot about the Swiss governnment and Switzerland in general. Unless they are SVP hardliners, most do not take my comments as a personal attack. In fact, quite often, they agree.

Americans, on the other hand, quite often take it as a personal attack on their own character. Politics gets way too emotional in the land of the free.
leaving aside the Native American debate, there is no such thing as an "American", other than a person who has made (or whose ancestors made) the decision to sign on to the philosophical social contract upon which the country was premised. I think the whole "love it or leave it" mentality is ignorant and stupid, but if somebody openly challenges the philosophy upon which my native country was founded (and that philosophy is right there in our charter documents), I have to confess I take it personally. candidly, I wish more Americans did the same, though I also wish far more Americans actually understood what that philosophy was in the first place.
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