In London this past summer more people were interested in our Olympians (go figure) than our politicians so trying to get them to talk politics was painful.
However, most common average everyday citizens over there seemed to be on par with the idea that governments across the world are too large and some shady stuff goes down. I was surprised most people seemed to look at our foreign policy as representative of the powerful men in suits and seemed to understand that it is not representative of the American population.
In 2008 I was in the Caribbean for some of the campaign season and they were Obama crazy over there, but I had a one guy ask me why we never go third party and get rid of the powers that be.
In Italy in 2010 there was an anti American sentiment, however, again it seemed like the average everyday citizen understood that the men in charge made the calls not the people. A few people did point out that Americans are not as free as we think we are.
I am going to China in May and am very interested in their ideas on our state of being. I do think that governments in most countries screw their people and average citizens of one country know that an average citizen of another country has very little say in what happens in their government.
Guns are always brought up (in my experiences) one of two ways. Either they say they wish they had more gun rights or they ask why we love our guns so much. Explaining the constitution and the 2nd amendment can be hard because depending on where I am people do not see us as following our constitution in other respects so they wonder why we care so much about the 2nd amendment.
jrd is still here... kinda in a weird sort of way. She also just might be the happiest girl in the world because she got exactly what she wanted which was a perfect summer wandering playlist.
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