It all depends on how you want to look at things… and Americans are great at putting blame at anyone but themselves.
That’s more of a universal characteristic of the human species, but let’s not digress.
We might discuss this for a long time, but the point is that there is no difference between the people and the politics- since, the people are the ones who dictate the politics. ( and in US case, the wars of the country)
That’s opinion (or a perspective, if you prefer) stated as fact. IN FACT, there are many in the US who hold the view that who you vote for doesn’t matter much, especially when it comes to hegemony and imperalism; both parties espouse the same underlying philosophy regarding military adventures.
This does, in fact, whether you choose to recognize it or not, create a dichotomy between the politics and the people. The choice is yours.
Americans are completely addicted to their cars- thus oil. And they want a lot of cheap gasoline. Now, how my voters would support a candidate that says “if you elect me the price of your petrol will quadruple” ???
Vis a vis cars, our “addiction” is usually not by choice; our cities, for the most part, were constructed AFTER the advent of the automobile; here in Houston, you couldn’t be a pedestrian if you wanted to.
As far as the candidate is concerned…….that’s a characteristic of humanity in general. You’d be hard pressed, wherever you are in the world, to find voters who would support a candidate promising to leave them with less money in their pockets than they had before.
I suppose none, or very, very few… the majority will support the one that delivers even cheaper oil, which will lower the expenses of the voter.
At the most extreme level- if any population is so unhappy with the way the country is governed- they rise up, create so much pressure that hings change, … considering that the vast majority of Americans keep their heads down, and keep choosing the individuals that perpetuate wars, it appears that this is the way they want things to be.
That’s sort of how Trump got elected.
So, it is not that what happens on the government level is not the same as on an individual level. It is the individual level which decides what the government level will do…
If only that were true.
Iran has a whole lot of downsides — but it sure as hell beats almost all societies in its region ( including Turkey) — and is absolutely nothing like the picture which is painted about it in the eye of the public…. All I am saying is that people should start figuring things out by themselves- and not buy into every propaganda BS that is placed out there…
As long as Iran is governed by religious authoritarians, you’re going to get propaganda such as it exists.
Now, can I ask you something…. why did you feel the need to write “ Muslim by faith, born in the USA and as American as apple pie” on your profile??? A funny thing, considering I have never seen a WASP american placing “as american as apple pie”- on their profiles. I guess it is probably because they feel no need to prove who or what they are to anyone… So why do you have to do it?
The point is that I’m a Muslim, not an immigrant, not a convert, and 100% American. This causes some people’s heads to explode.