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Milfordian checking in. They have a couple of these stealth cruisers here, too. They are used almost exclusively for traffic traps. It’s not surprising since the primary mission for cops is revenue generation with a sprinkling of citizen intimidation.

level 2

it’s a borderline military state, and it feels unamerican. i’ve been learning spanish for two years, i truly do want to move out of this country, but my dad who was in the navy said there’s no place that felt as comfortable as the US.

by that i think he means “unnecessarily big and wealthy”, so i think i could survive. but i do keep it in mind. we live a cushy lifestyle under a massive governmental thumb.

level 3

I’m 44yo and have been distrustful of the government since I first learned about it thanks to my hippie parents. I like to believe that I pay attention and at first glance it looks as corrupt and damaged as you imagine it to be. But upon further looking and immersion in our society, it’s not as bad as it seems. Sure, power corrupts. But the people have a voice and use it to great effect. Unfortunately, that voice has been much diminished lately but it is still there and still as powerful. There are only a handful governments in the world that have the same capacity for citizen action that ours has. And I don’t think any of them speak Spanish. Running away won’t solve your problems. And unless you are rich (which is a protected class in any system) or you have some unique and desired skill set, you are unlikely to find comfort in any of the better democracies out there.

So your only real choice is to stick it out here and do the hard work that will likely only be enjoyed by a future generation. We have all lived in a relatively prosperous and peaceful time here and we have become complacent because of it. Now we have to do the real work the boomers have put off while they reaped the benefits of the work done by their parents. Hopefully we will teach out children to continue our work so that it won’t be so painful for our grandchildren.

level 4

There are only a handful governments in the world that have the same capacity for citizen action that ours has. And I don’t think any of them speak Spanish.

Without wading into the discussion, I just wanted to point out that Spain itself is an exception. Spanish citizens in general are very politically engaged.

level 5

That omission speaks to my intellectual laziness. I wondered about Spain but my vague aging memory sent up warning signs that were probably related to how the government is dealing with Basque separatists. I also had a vague recollection that their unemployment numbers were representative of a failure in government. I stand corrected if these were unwarranted prejudices.

level 5

Yeah. Argentine folks as well are far more civicly engaged than Americans. They take to the streets in huge numbers without prior organization when sudden austerity measures are being forced through congress.

The Spanish speaking world is not nearly as apathetic as the anglophone world

level 4

I appreciate this response, I’ll highly keep it in mind.

level 4

Unfortunately, that voice has been much diminished lately but it is still there and still as powerful.

So it's diminished but it isn't?

level 5

Drowned out by those with money and access. But no less vocal. It’s the internet, buddy. I’m just a guy peddling hope. I’m no great speaker so you’ll have to give a pass for my poorly constructed sentiment.

level 3

but my dad who was in the navy said there’s no place that felt as comfortable as the US

I mean that depends where you set your sights on, I lived in Asia for a bit and that was nice but also as you say not as comfortable. Though every time I've been in the US I've also felt the same, that it's a nice place but if I stayed here for long I would really start missing northern europe

level 2

Our State's highway patrol cars are also black with dark decals. Really hard to recognize from far away.

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