Originally posted by normbenignA general note somewhat similar comes from a few years ago when national
test scores in public schools indicated that US students at almost every grade level
were at the bottom of the barrel compared to all the other industrialized countries.
Yet those same students thought they were "good at math".
What does that say about "American exceptionalism"? That anecdote, not to
mention the survey results above, surely reflects on Americans' reluctance to
compare themselves to people from around the world? Yes, times have been
tougher, and yes, other countries envy fundamentals and luxuries alike that the
U.S. prizes as a part of its society. I think, though, that even conservatives realize
that some degree of progress, or change, is (usually) regularly necessary. The
main difference between conservatives and liberals is their definitions of the rate
Perhaps the result of several generations of being taught to have self esteem,
rather than having to earn it.
Surely you're confusing self-esteem and respect?
I get pessimistic when I think about how far left this nation has moved in my
lifetime, after WWII.
Are you a vet? Just curious. Also, what shifts to "the left" do you find so disturbing?