The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20255   Message #210570
Posted By: Big Mick
12-Apr-00 - 09:20 AM
Thread Name: Do Americans know?
Subject: RE: Do Americans know?
So, does the term "gratuitous assertion" mean anything to all the great intellects that make broad and sweeping generalizations about us Yanks?? I agree completely with Rick on this one. In fact that is the point I was making in my earlier post. When you speak in these types of generalities, the effect is to create divisions that serve no good purpose. I think that when someone makes gratuitous assertions about the residents of the U.S.A., they only demonstrate their own ignorance. This country is broad and diverse, made up of many states and cultures. You can experience the whole range of human experience within its borders. Its people respond time and again to human suffering and natural disaster in a very warm, caring and generous way. Our way of life has spawned a nation that continues to draw those that yearn for a better life from around the world. Have we blown it, made some very big mistakes. Sure have. But forgive us our trespasses, folks. As we forgive those that have trespassed against us. And please don't demonstrate ignorance by making gratuitous assertions about all of us.