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Damn Yankee

You Are 42% American
America: You don't love it or want to leave it.
But you wouldn't mind giving it an extreme make over.
On the 4th of July, you'll fly a freak flag instead...
And give Uncle Sam a sucker punch!

Huh, didn't even make fifty percent! But forty-two is the magic number, after all. HUAC, come and get me, baby.

That forty-two percent will be baking a Fourth of July cake on Monday, though.


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Jul. 3rd, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
I tried to be as non-American as it is possible to be and still came up 23% American! A global culture!
Jul. 3rd, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. We are the Borg.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
19%. It told me I was "un-American." Yes, well...
Jul. 3rd, 2005 11:36 am (UTC)
We're allowed to be un-American. Because we are!
Jul. 3rd, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
Must have just shocked you right out of your pants to hear that!
Jul. 3rd, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
I got 52%. But didn't you think the questions they asked/answers they provided made a statement in themselves? I think someday, once we've had an active online culture for sometime, anthropologists are going to have really interesting new ways to analyze past societies by looking at online things like this. That was an interesting quiz. Those things are fun games.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
I did notice that some of the questions were a little weird. The one where you had to pick the greatest president of the late 20th century, and Bush the Elder wasn't an option, but Jimmy Carter was. That was a little strange. (But good for me, since I did pick Carter for that one.) And the choice of "Proud to be an American" for the patriotic song. It really looks like that one is beginning to enter the mainstream repertoire of Standard Patriotic Songs, along with "God Bless America," "America the Beautiful," "Stars And Stripes Forever," or "Star Spangled Drinking Song."
Jul. 3rd, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
I just went back and picked all the more obviously right-wing answers - and - guess what? - I'm now 98% American.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
Welcome to America. Here's your loud Hawaiian shirt, AK-47, and schmaltzy 9/11 bumper sticker.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'll pass, I think!
Jul. 3rd, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Excellent. In that case, welcome to Grad School Town, where the Democrats are the local right-wing party.
Jul. 5th, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Yes, and that's the problem I had with this test.

I consider myself pretty much 100% American. I'm just not conservative. I care very, very deeply for my country, and consider myself deeply patriotic. I just don't need to wave a flag, or hold a self serving war that kills our young people to line some rich old man's pockets to do it.

You Are 37% American
America: You don't love it or want to leave it.
But you wouldn't mind giving it an extreme make over.
On the 4th of July, you'll fly a freak flag instead...
And give Uncle Sam a sucker punch!

Jul. 5th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
Yes, sometimes the deepest patriotism involves making a stand and saying that the government is wrong. Basic principles over party politics.

And some basic principles change with time, too - slavery was considered OK back in the 1700s and so was owning your wife and children. Not any more.
Jul. 5th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Then you'd both enjoy the book I just finished. It's called With God On Their Side by Esther Kaplan, and it's a lean, detailed exposé of the various and sundry causes of the rabid Christian right, how they got into office, and how, precisely, they're taking over my country and turning it into a theocracy.

The really sad thing about this book is a) how much of what Kaplan is reporting is obvious, because it's happening openly and in the media, and b) how few people seem to notice that the tactics she describes are bordering on unconstitutional. Especially the bits about prayer in public schools. And then there's the whole "Global Crusade" chapter, in which I read with horror about the bumptious, arrogant way that our latest set of ambassadors told off diplomats in other countries during international conferences with titles like International Congress For The Rights Of People Not To Be Treated Completely Like Dirt Beneath The Feet Of Their Rulers.

Almost makes me wish I were thirty-five and could run for President. But I'm liberal, female, and Jewish. I couldn't get elected.
Jul. 5th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
One problem is always - true liberals defend the right of non-liberals to have their own opinions, whereas extremists believe they have every right to crush opposition.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
Got 37%.

I should go there sometime, for a vacation, if I'll ever have the money.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
If you do, go see Chicago. It's a truly American city, very beautiful in parts, with some rather stunning architecture and design. New York is more of an international city, and is great in its own way. But if you want to see America, go see Chicago.
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