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Monday, April 17, 2017

Difference between France and America

Saint Chapell, Paris France 
So this is the second time in the past twelve months that I have visited Paris France and outlying areas. While I inherently understand that I am still a tourist and only have a fractional understanding of the culture, there are many things that stand out. A couple off the top of my head.

The security guard checking our tickets at the Louve had a cigarette in his mouth. Many places had military personnel wandering around carrying M15 rifles. Many of the Paris Police force carry lugars with the rifle extender. You see them everywhere. People walk around re-selling things like bottles of water, quite obviously without any retail licences.


So there was this incident I watched on the Metro (subway) where an obvious tourist woman and two children were sitting across from some locals. The two children where loud and messing around with this water bottle, eventually hitting each other until the bottle fell to the floor. One of the gentlemen picked it up... and didn't give it back to them. The three of them looked shell shocked but didn't really know what to do. When the woman and her children started to get up to leave he casually put it back into the tote bag the woman was carrying without really even looking up at them (still reading the newspaper). 

Now the reason why this was so interesting to me, was that in Paris, you could tell that everyone believed that the woman and children were being rude and obnoxious. If this incident had happened in the United States, it would have been the man who took the bottle and did not give it back who would have been considered rude. Likely the woman would have demanded the bottle back. But it was clear that this wasn't going to fly in that environment. 

It's really hard to put a finger on all of this, other than to say while it may be fair (or not) to say that most American liberals believe we should be more like Europe.  the reality is that Europeans behave the way they behave because they choose to. Due to the fact that much of that city was probably built long before there was such a thing as an SUV, the city is not welcoming to anyone driving large vehicles. It seems to be a matter of convenience that people ride the metro, own scooters, and drive smart cars. It's not necessarily a matter of political or environmental choice. Unlike the American left (who feel the strong need to control the actions of others) you don't get any feelings that people are being forced or pushed into any of the behaviors that they choose. This is why the security guard has a cigarette hanging from his mouth, and nobody seems to care. Or why people open bottles of wine in public parks and drink. Or why you can buy a bottle of water from a street vendor while waiting in line to see an attraction. 

As far as the military and police presence, there is very little doubt that given the need, that law enforcement would use the weapons in question. They are somewhat intimidating to be around. Yet, you hear nobody complain about the militarization of the police forces, or how they may be a threat to anyone around them. In America, there would be a knee jerk negative reaction to such a show of force, and likely suggestions that it must be racism or bigotry that is fueling them. Parisians seem to put their safety (and the safety of their historical attractions) well above the feelings of those who may feel threatened by a military presence. Don't like it, then don't break the law... seems to be the message. 

Which brings us to the fact that the current elections seems to be pushing in a similar fashion to how things went recently in Britain, with a conservative candidate leading in the polls, off the promises to leave the European unions, prevent migration into France, and protect the long standing culture of the country. Imagine how much people here hated the idea of Donald Trump wanting to put a temporary travel restriction on seven countries. Many French want to pretty much shut the door completely, and don't hesitate to demand that it is 100% about keeping France France, and not allowing "Diversity and foreigners to move in and change things". There is a general believe that when in France you do what the French do or you get the hell out.  

It's refreshing... and if Liberals really want our country to behave more like the French or European Countries... than they may want to start to yield to the concept of individual freedom, and a protection of our American way of life... rather than push more and more regulations, and demands that we must change our culture to "adapt" to the new diversity of globalism. 

19 comments:

James said...

Right now Illinois is fearing the downturn in the state's economy that financial experts are predicting may be brought about by a less welcoming attitude toward immigrants.

Commonsense said...

Not surprising since Joliette is becoming a retirement home for ex-governors, mayors and assorted politicians.

Loretta Russo said...

Judgement day is coming.

rrb said...



illinois' budget woes have existed long before the tsunami of criminal aliens started pouring in.

KD said...

Right now Illinois is fearing the downturn in the state's economy that financial experts are predicting may be brought about by a less welcoming attitude toward immigrants."

Pure bullshit, the problem with Illinois has been and is unrestrained stupid liberalism. Your piece was written on Jan 3, 2017 Obama was still the President, lord you are a dumb ass troll.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/

I looked up where you lifted that statement from, you stole it, every word, you are a little dirty old perv.

With Liberals it is important to read the wording , because like you, shit is made up, love this slice of pure shit "Unauthorized immigrants", for the love of God, call them what they are Illegals, Interlopers, parasites and criminal.

I did read that the number of Interlopers is down 60 % since President Trump took office as is the number of Illegals filing illegal Tax Returns to defraud the IRS.

James said...

LOL I composed that myself.

Loretta Russo said...

Judgement day is coming.

I composed that myself, pedo.

James said...

LOL No, she copied it from me.
It is the judgment of the voters I am talking about.

Loretta Russo said...

Looks like millenials are waking up to how Obama screwed over them.

KD said...

James, is today the day you see the big win as you earlier predicted in GA?

Opium parroted your point and so did Landslide Roger Krugman.

Loretta Russo said...

You also wrote this...

Sasha's HOT!

Pedo.

James said...

LOL She can't open her mouth without lying. I commented on Malia, not Sasha. I said Malia was turning into an attractive young woman.

But let the Savage rage on.

KD, Lanslide Day in GA 6 said...

Jane, you do know that lusting after either child is wrong, don't you.


Your statement above only made it worse for you.

Loretta Russo said...

Liar.

caliphate4vr said...

You're lying old man

opie said...

Anonymous califat head 4vr said...
You're lying old man

You are worse than an old lady with nothing to do. Suggest put your man pants on and go sell some insurance to someone who doesn't need it. Idiot.

caliphate4vr said...

Tubby wakes up, smokes a bowl and waddles in

Go away fatass and get that last word

LMAO

Anonymous said...

opie said...
, that did not force us to pay into SS or medicare/caid

You worked for free???????? IDIOT. No one who is paid a salary can get away with that.
March 16, 2017 at 6:09 PM

opie said...

Yep, that's what I said, and once again taken out of contest, goat fucker. Idiot. Now admit you said police don't join unions, man up for once, lying asshole you are... BTW, they don't get away with it, they are all paying into a pension plan that exempts them from SS. Which is what I have previously said. You are dumber then the dirt you farm.