Isn't the US, the people?
Dunno, depends on how you look at it. I look at the US more as an idea that people subscribe to and then the idea causes them to do certain things they might not otherwise do.
But I don't think living on this particular land mass in any way necessitates subscription to that idea and if I'm a forced subscriber then I don't see why I'm supposed to appreciate being forced to subscribe or told to get out by a lot of other subscribers. Maybe I don't want to subscribe and I don't want to leave this very charming land mass.
1. the poliece force is an institution of the government you pay for with your tax dollars. ergo the government did it. without the institution to house the system it wouldn't be nearly as powerful or efficient as it is.
>assuming I pay taxes
Perhaps I wasn't clear enough, the people demanded that this institution exist and then made it exist. (Some of them are quite sad they did these days.) You don't need the idea of the US to make that happen. Law and justice enforcement predate the modern government as it is. Used to be when someone stole your chicken, you went and kicked the shit out of him yourself and dragged him in for a hanging or a hand loss. Used to be when someone took your daughter by force you rounded up everyone else with daughters and went to let him know how you feel about that. The idea that we wouldn't have some system of law enforcement that is effective without the government is frankly ridiculous.
And just speaking on my law enforcement, they aren't effective, they're so ineffective it makes me blush. They don't stop almost any form of law-breaking besides parking ticketing and they've created so many new forms of law breaking that the tried and true murder theft rarely gets a day in court.
I won't say thank you for them creating the problems and then solving them badly. I won't say thank you for a system that is corrupted. I won't say thank you for something I don't believe needs to exist.
The only time I say thank you for crappy gifts is when my granny gives me socks at Christmas. And at least the socks keep my feet warm.
2. pearl harbor called. they want their boats back.
You mean the pearl harbor from the war where they drafted 10 million men against their will and extended their service?
That particular pearl harbor? The one that like every military base is run by citizens like you and me?
That one that had to repel attacks by invaders, an action carried out by male citizens just like you and me?
I'm supposed to thank the US for that? I'm supposed to thank the US for allowing my uncles, grandfathers, and cousins to defend themselves from an act of war?
I think you might have this backwards. The US, the concept and all the people subscribed to that concept, should be thanking my cousins, grandfathers, and uncles for having defend them. Which, tbf, they regularly do.
But I don't have to thank the US for jackshit. I might have to thank the people around me, but the day I'm thanking the government for anything is the day that dementia which runs in the women in my family finally catches up.
You don't have to thank your country or government for anything. They're both paid servants. If they don't do that, they aren't doing their fucking job and should be fired. And from where I'm standing, they're doing such a shitty job in both law enforcement and military that they should be fired on those alone.
Edited by Misty, 25 February 2016 - 11:54 AM.