If the issue is safety, then traveling under a different country of origin makes sense. I will use my Swiss passport instead of my American one if I felt I was traveling to a place where Americans were being hunted down and killed.<br><br>If the issue is being embarrased to be an American, those people should be escorted to any US border and given a quick boot on the way out. <br><br>Honestly, these people sound like idiots to me. I think they were doing it more to make a statement than anything else.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>If you're that worried, stay home.<p><hr></blockquote><p>thanks for the advice, but the solution that you don't like also happens to be the solution that can work to make me less worried. <br><br>i agree with what skul wrote . . . there's a difference between safety and embarrassment. <br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>to help give them a sense of the world,<p><hr></blockquote><p>Yes kids, it's always Haloween across the pond. Now grab your costume and let's go trick-or-treating. And don't forget to say Aye after every sentence. <br>I want my kids to become worldly,too. But not from undercover.<br><br>
i don't see this any differently than having my kids wear a helmet when they ride a bike. then again, some kids just don't it and some parents don't make them because it looks dorky. for some parents, safety is only the top priority when other factors like being cool or being american don't come first. i am sorry you don't see the difference between safety and embarrassment. <br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
Excuse me, Professor, but I most certainly do see the difference. And if safety is that big an issue, then avoiding the exposure altogether until the risk abates would be my choice. Helmets or nationality disguises are no guarantee of safety. They are only deterrants, and marginally effective ones at that.<br><br>If you can't travel and be who you are because it may not be safe, then it may not be safe to travel. Period. I'm sorry you don't see the difference between being certain and tentative.<br><br>
i doubt we add "steve's rant" to our parenting repitroire, but i do appreciate your efforts here. cheers!<br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
Patronizing as ever, eh? Whatever. <br><br>How you raise your kids is anything but my business. But I will submit that teaching your children to be fearful of — or less than honest about — traveling as Americans is a lesson that I wouldn't add to my parenting strategy either. There's a world of difference between caution and deception.<br><br>Cheers to you, too.<br><br>
Sean, it's easier and less complicated (and just as safe) to get T-shirts for your kids:<br><br><br><br>A great conversation starter and your kids will become goodwill ambassadors for the USA spreading goodwill as they teach these foreigners that everyone in the USA is not an ignorant cretin. <br><br>Much easier than teaching your kids to end every sentence with "eh".<br><br><br><br>
Perfect. Let's teach the little darlings to disrespect the Office, too. <br><br>It's not enough to explain to your kids that everyone can be wrong — even the President? Not enough to explain to them that they can prove that Americans, as individuals, don't always agree with the administation, or can be better/smarter/more compassionate or whatever else?<br><br>IMHO, what you think is so damned funny is just playing right into the hands of those who hate the U.S.<br><br>How about a T-shirt that says<br>Somewhere in Boston, a Researcher is Missing the Point!<br><br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Patronizing as ever, eh?<p><hr></blockquote><p>let me say this, mr. kettle, teaching my children that the world is not as safe as our neighborhood park is not something i feel even the slightest bit ashamed about. and, we're still about 4 - 5 years away from taking the kids abroad, so perhaps the next president will be able to give america some respect again. that's my hope; otherwise, poly's solution doesn't seem all that bad of an alternative. <br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
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