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conservative looks like
Just to give you a a flavor of politics over in Europe, consider that the UK is the European country most closely aligned with the US in both culture and politics. Here are some highlights of David Cameron's 2006 speech to his Conservative party. Keep in mind that he was leading that party then and he's prime minister of the UK now:
- Full support for the National Health Care system (NHS)
- Better childcare and flexible working hours for mothers
- Tax cuts aren't the answer
- Increase the minimum wage
- Fighting manmade climate change
- Building a greener Britain
- Foreign policy should not be an unquestioned acceptance of what America does
- Support for gay marriage
In another example of how things are different, both in actual culture and perception, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and some guests referred to Amsterdam as a "disaster" and suggested we were awash in drugs, prostitutes and assorted criminals. Nothing is further from the truth. This is my second time living here and it's safe, clean, and the people are friendly.
It's also worth noting that even a quick search of quality of life studies show that most European citizens are happier than their US counterparts. Mind you, I'm not saying that the US is bad or that they've done something wrong, but at the end of the day, life over here is pleasant, the economies are strong, crime tends to be lower and people are happy.
On a side note: I've lived in Europe for years and in my entire time here, I think I've met only two expats who've identified themselves as Republican and both of them are upset with what the US Republican party is doing back home. The vast majority of other expats are a mish-mash of other political beliefs, but Republicans are pretty thin on the ground here.