Here's some observations from my trip to the South
Posted 9/13/2009 11:38 am
I'm a 30 year old native New Yorker who lives on Long Island. I had a business trip to Huntsville, Alabama that I turned into a 2 week vacation. Here's some of my observations:
- The South is FAR less segregated than here. On Long Island and in the boroughs there are almost no blacks in white neighborhoods. In the South I noticed blacks and whites living along side each other.
- The supposed "friendliess" of people in small towns in the South seems fake and contrived. While people up here tend to be up in your face, they are actually much nicer when it comes down to it. If I'm on line at the grocery store and I have just a carton of eggs, the person ahead of me will nod and say "g'head." I noticed people in the South really didn't give a shit about things like this. They did always greet you with some robotic greeting, though.
- The number of police obsessively enforcing traffic rules is amazing. I was pulled over for doing a 33 in a 30. The cop didn't write me the ticket but he gave me some lecture about children playing, although there were none in sight. I'm guessing police pull people over for minor infractions in the hopes they'll catch someone w/ a bench warrant, etc.
All in all, the South is fucking annoying. africans and white trash everywhere and everyone is grossly obese. Also, I've never seen people cruising around a supermarket whose only disability was gravity. What's with all the land whales moving around in scooters?
I'm a well known right winger on these boards but I come from a country with socialised health care, and I have to tell you that the few weeks I was not covered (too lazy to fill out a fucking form to have it renewed for free) I finally realised how valuable it is.
That said though, your country will never be able to afford such a thing, especially while you have an open border to the south. Even if the Republicans didnt oppose it, it would never go through as "universal" as it is made out to be.
It's not a right wing versus left wing thing. It's a common sense thing. We pay tons of money for private healthcare and it isn't even that great. Basic economics tells you that if you ensure everyone it will be cheaper for all.
Posted 9/13/2009 1:18 pm
The OP picked an odd city for this troll as Huntsville is one of the most liberal cities in the South. Anyway southern hospitality is alive and well, just harder to find in bigger cities.