Yes, I was going to say "the good, the bad and the ugly" but I think ugly might be a bit harsh.
I currently like living in NZ... or do I? I'm obsessed with reading about American politics right now... but as the Nov2 elections show, I'm not the only one.
My obsession has me both happy and unhappy at the same time. Strange. America has lot of work to do right now. I am a T.E.A. partier at heart.
Would I want to move back to Chicago? Not right now. I DO miss the people and American attitudes. Last year when I visited home, I noticed the fast fast paced Chicago lifestyle... do I want that again? Not sure. Would I miss the laid backness in NZ? Probably. Do I want to shovel lots of snow again? Hmm... snow can be fun, but honestly I don't really miss it.
So am I living in NZ just for the climate only? There are some things here in NZ that are good, bad or strange. The government here is a really weird "MMP" system. It is unjust and not fair. Why? Because minor, small parties get WAY too much "power". The two bigger parties and the final party elected should call the shots. (...yes, I'm used to a two party American system where primaries select the 2 candidates and elections sort the winner)
With itty bitty parties like ACT, Greens and Maori, the NZ National party has to do lots of DODGY deals to get legislation passed. It is not "fair" a separatist party, solely based on race, lobbies for stuff for THEIR race ONLY. What the hell kind of racist shite is this? But NZers don't see it this way. They see poor wee Maoris as victims, so Maoris see themselves as victims hence the political party to get as much stuff for their people... who are victims of what, who knows... They think the Waitangi agreement (which formed the country) was a bad deal and they want the country back?
OK, so yes, the political system in America has a few current problems... after all, the left lulled the majority of Americans asleep for quite a few decades. Luckily the current leftist SHOCK squatting in the W.House WOKE the majority up: awake and engaged now. I see many battles happening the next two years, but the evils and communist infiltrators WILL be purged.
The left has America on the wrong path... and NZ as well.
OK, so what is good about NZ:
Food, beautiful landscapes everywhere, tropical birds, palm trees, beaches, temporate climate on the north island, daily sunshine 8-9 months straight, mountains, forests, volcanoes, tourism, jet boating, glaciar hiking, movie making (hobbits!), athletic competitions, entrepeneurship in dairy, wine and other export markets, friendly people who will chat with you at the local store and a slower-paced way of life.
NZers are really naive about America. NZ believes in and follows UN propaganda. The main paper, the NZ Herald, often runs many COMPLETE LEFTISTS LIES and propaganda about America. I saw a commentary from some woman who loves Mee-chella Obama. I almost barfed. Mee-chelle & TheWon and their leftist regime is running America off a cliff. If America goes down, NZ won't survive either.
Many in NZ, including the political "green party" are just non-thinking sheep who believe the man made global warming B.S. (ha! baaah.. baaaa). Good god, can a leftist not read facts and data, learn then change an opinion? NZ are now paying taxes for AIR and trees. WTF...
Politics in NZ (as mentioned) are left of center or REALLY far left with little minority groups weilding too much power - like Maori. There is a Maori queen (why?) Maori make up 1/2 the people on the dole: that is their way of life. Non Maori NZ taxpayers work so 1/2 of the dole, who are Maori, don't have to? Waaaah waaaa, Maoris, get off your asses and get jobs. NZ All Black rugby matches insist on hakas (Maori challenge/war chants) before national games. If NZ was ONLY a nation of Maoris, this ritual might make sense. But it isn't so it doesn't! 85% of NZ is non Maori!
Should NZ have a WHITE ONLY rugby team, political party or special queens? Where are the Indian, European, Chinese or other special promotions or perks NZ? Are there any Chinese rugby clubs? How about celebrating ALL previous ethnic backgrounds and being more of a melting pot. I suppose my Americanism is showing, isn't it.
NZ is not "one people" if they keep all the special Maori crap going on. It will continue to be more divisive. Maori now push for special forshore and seabed laws = want more free stuff! 15% of your population is VERY racist and separatist NZ. Wake up...
I thought I was paying higher taxes to have free health care in NZ. But, I have to wait in line, though, just like Canada and the UK. There is private insurance here though, but EMPLOYERS don't offer it (like they do in the states). This sucks. If I buy my own insurance, can I pay less taxes then? Crikey...
What is strange:
Why does NZ celebrate "Guy Fawkes" day? It's an old British holiday. Noone I've asked in NZ knows WHY the 'celebrate' it... weird. Are they happy a terrorist tried to blow up British parliament ... or are they happy the guy and his cohorts were caught and hung?
Red sliced beets on hamburgers... yuck.
NZ wants good trade with America, but too many in NZ have bought into the leftist tripe & think Americans are crazy, violent war mongers. Do you hate or love America? Stop reading the NZ herald's false leftist deranged opinions on America, NZ. You should support Israel, NZ, not the terrorists in Gaza. You should wake up, greenies, the science is NOT settled and AGW is false. If anything, the earth is in a cooling trend right now due to sun spot activity.
Wee wittle grandma's-garden stories get a lot of news talk... so really not much goes on here in NZ (well, perhaps that is sort of on the good side actually...)
NZ parents seems to really coddle their kids. Harden up. Kids should do chores for their allowance, get full licenses & drive at 16 and have part time JOBS at age 16 upwards. Learn responsibility kids. Teenagers leave home, don't get jobs then go on the dole. Nice. My taxes have to then pay for YOUR laziness kid?! Get a job flippin' burgers, work the crops or sweep floors. My taxes pay for your SHITE on the dole? Get off my tit.
Guess this is just my rant for today... For two years, I've felt my American home has really gone down the wrong road. If TEA partiers keep up the fight and Sarah Palin or another corruption fighter becomes president? I might have to move back... For now, I think I've learned the NZ whinging pretty well. Guess I'll work in the garden...