A funny question some Americans ask my husband, who is from Europe, when they meet him is "How do you like our freedom?" Apparently, some folks in the US are under the impression that people from say, Germany or France or Sweden have no freedom. (Friends from those countries have reported being asked the same question, as well)
Could I just ask a small favor, if perhaps you are tempted to ask this question of a foreigner?
Please don't. You make us look like complete idiots.
I am tired of explaining to my European friends why some Americans believe that we have some special sort of freedom here in the US that they don't have in Europe; (So I end up yakking for half an hour about how Americans don't travel much, the school system, the "freedom of the American press to report on Anna Nicole Smith and Paris Hilton 24 hours a day...").
It is really getting old.
They don't understand what the heck you are talking about. OK? Ask them if they like the weather here, how fast they can drive on the freeway, or what they think of American beer. Just stay away from the "How do you like our freedom question".
Also, it would probably be better if you stayed away from any questions about health care or going to the doctor...it just embarrasses them because they don't want to have to laugh in your face.
I know, I know it is hard to believe, but people here in the US actually think we have a better medical system here than they do in Europe. If you think that, please keep it to yourself.
If you had ever lived in a country with a national health care system you would understand that when somebody tries to justify the mess that we have here, it comes across a bit like you are explaining that pigs do have wings.
For some reason, Americans have accepted the notion that they do not deserve a decent health care system... and I am fine with that, because I have made other arrangements for myself and family should we ever fall into a health care pinch.
Just PLEASE, PLEASE keep it to yourself!
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