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Americans suck at chess...why?

  • #181

    That's a sucky 750 words+ two cents without paragraphs! :)

  • #182

    A political statement from one who is ill-informed and votes against his own economic self-interest. It is typically American, but it subtracts the currency in the conversation.

  • #183

    Can an average American vote in his own economic self-interest?

    Only if he "throws his vote away"?

  • #184
    Ziryab wrote:

    A political statement from one who is ill-informed and votes against his own economic self-interest. It is typically American, but it subtracts the currency in the conversation.

        I think you may have misconstrued that I vote republican, "against my economic self interest" as you put it because I dared to point out obama's vacations.  That's typical of many Americans who think in black and white and in dem. vs rep. or conservative vs libral terms.  For the record I'm well informed that that piece of trash bush jr took more vacation time than that piece of garbage obama.  I was merely pointing out that the politicians on the government payroll get ample vacation time while the majority of working class Americans, which is the majority of Americans get a modicum of vacation time if any at all.  I hate both the democratic party and the republican party with equal venom.  

       As for me being ill-informed. I've been in the USAF, the private sector, the local government, and been self employed.  I've seen with my own eyes (and wallet) who gets vacation time, who gets raises, benefits etc.  But if you don't want to take my word for it, here's a chart of average vacation time by country.  Notice USA is all the way to the right at ZERO. 

  • #185

    Perhaps. But, the real issue is what vacation means for the President. Does he find the time to play in a chess tournament, should he desire?

    The whole notion that POTUS takes too many vacations (whether he be Bush or Obama) strangely distracts from the amount of work that is performed during these holidays.

    Why do you suppose Americans get so few paid holidays and annual days off? 

  • #186

    White Americans can't win at anything that's fair!

  • #187

    We dont suck at chess were just not good at making good chess players-why? Because most of us learn the game from not good players, and come to believe either you have the smarts or don't. This a typical American belief on all things intellectual that its something you have or don't- its not true but our elites force inequality upon us while saying oh its all about choice. Not to mention almost half of our polity was willing to vote for Sarh Palin, its does not say much for the intellect here in the states- unless it makes money.

    It also did not help that our greatest exponnt of the game behaved like a meth addict after becoming world champion ( score yet another one for religion) Here in the states most good chess players come from the middle class and higher because the parents recognise the importance of a good coach of tournament play and can afford it

  • #188
    pete321 wrote:

    This a typical American belief on all things intellectual that its something you have or don't

    Most Americans regard intellect as a defect.

     

    The quality of arguments in some of the previous comments provides ample proof.

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