SpecialOlympian wrote:Who cares? I would gladly spit roast Washington's corpse with you right now. The ~Founding Fathers~ were slave owning dipshits in powdered wigs riddled with bedbugs who had wooden teeth and disowned the half-black children they brought into the world by fucking people they owned as property. Which is still a really funny thing that their dipshit heirs have to deal with because they are still coasting on their plantations being historical, money making tourist traps. And also, sometimes, problematic places to hold a wedding.
God damn, Drag Queen Story Times make me angry but I love these men who wore white wigs and coated their faces in mercury laced white makeup to hide their syphilis pockmarks.
If you really, truly think that men from the 1700's who would spit on you right now and didn't even think you should be able to vote because you don't own land should be dictating your life or the fundamental processes of governance then you are a fucking idiot of the highest caliber who didn't understand shit after 4th grade history.
The impartial and enlightened verdict of mankind will vindicate the rectitude of our conduct, and He who knows the hearts of men will judge of the sincerity with which we labored to preserve the Government of our fathers in its spirit. The right solemnly proclaimed at the birth of the States, and which has been affirmed and reaffirmed in the bills of rights of States subsequently admitted into the Union of 1789, undeniably recognize in the people the power to resume the authority delegated for the purposes of government. Thus the sovereign States here represented proceeded to form this Confederacy, and it is by abuse of language that their act has been denominated a revolution. They formed a new alliance, but within each State its government has remained, the rights of person and property have not been disturbed. The agent through whom they communicated with foreign nations is changed, but this does not necessarily interrupt their international relations.
President of the Confederate States of America,
Her Majesty Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,
etc., etc ., etc ., etc.
Great and Good Friend:
Animated by a sincere desire to cultivate the friendly relations so happily subsisting between the Confederate States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland...
And while it's easy to generalize the UK as a nation of invariably charming, tea-sipping, Queen-loving people who live in thatched cottages near pubs with silly names, those stiff-upper-lipped Brits -- however much they love the US -- have no trouble flinging stereotypes back across the Atlantic. At least, that's what I learned after asking my friends back in the UK for their brutally honest opinions of Americans and the United States, British reserve be damned.
Here's what they said.
“American food means taking everything you learned about moderation and healthiness growing up, and completely ignoring it.”
“Muddy Bears and Pop Tarts… what are they all about!?” [Editor's note: Excellent question. We've never even heard of Muddy Bears, although Google says they're gummy bears in chocolate. Which, actually, sounds delicious.]
“Nobody needs a pint of coke that they're having with a meal to be refilled and then refilled again. Not everything needs butter and cheese and bacon.”
“American football... that's rugby with padding, right? And sooooooo many commercials.”
“I'm quite confused about American sports. I mean, is baseball basically rounders?”
“Baseball is a bunch of fat men slamming their fists into leather gloves and spitting tobacco every few seconds.”
“My gut instinct about baseball is that it is cricket for idiots or gloried rounders -- that being said, it looks really hard to hit the ball that far and I love the outfits.”
“American sports do away entirely with the idea of a draw. Or a 'tie'. There MUST be a winner, at all costs.”
On pop culture
"The USA has a constant obsession over women with big boobs (Beyoncé) or a big butt (Kim Kardashian-West) or both (Nicki Minaj). Whereas, our papers attempt to be elegant... with Kate Moss, Kate Middleton, and Cara Delevingne.”
On high school
“Why are all Americans obsessed with high school? It looks like the most awful experience of all time where if you have anything in the least bit unusual about you, you get your head flushed down the toilet and all learning occurs through pop tests."
“When I was a teenager I used to read Sweet Valley High books and sometimes wished I went to an American high school.”
Other general impressions about America(ns)
“If you say something sarcastic they will look at you and you can actually see the 'but...you're joking...right...?' cogs turning behind their eyes.”
“Why are you so stingy with annual leave?”
“I hate the constant tipping and additional tax on everything -- so confusing!”
“The news channels!! They're always so shouty and over-dramatic!”https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation ... -of-the-us