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Just where is Uruguay???

Just where is Uruguay???

About two weeks ago I saw a story that really made me proud to be a human being, while at the same time making me feel ashamed at being an American. The story surrounds some legal developments in the small country of Uruguay. For those not familiar with the country, here’s the wiki:

Uruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country located in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to 3.46 million people, of whom 1.7 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area. An estimated 88-94% of the population are of mostly European and/or mixed descent.

Uruguay’s only land border is with Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to the north. To the west lies the Uruguay River, to the southwest lies the estuary of Río de la Plata, with Argentina only a short commute across the banks of either of these bodies of water, while to the southeast lies the South Atlantic Ocean. Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, larger only than Suriname.

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay’s oldest European settlement, was founded by the Portuguese in 1680. Montevideo was founded by the Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold. Uruguay won its independence in 1825-1828 following a three-way struggle between Spain, Argentina and Brazil. It is a constitutional democracy, where the president fulfills the roles of both head of state and head of government.

The economy is largely based on agriculture (making up 10% of GDP and the most substantial export) and the state sector. According to Transparency International, Uruguay is the least corrupt country in Latin America (along with Chile), with its political and labor conditions being among the freest on the continent.

Uruguay is one of the most economically developed countries in Latin America, with a high GDP per capita and the 47th highest quality of life in the world. It was the first Latin American country to legalize same and different sex civil unions at a national level in the year 2007.

The story surrounds an important development in rights of homosexuals around the world: setting into law the fact that same-sex couples can (and are protected by law) adopt children.

Uruguay, like the United States, is a secular country with a firm division between the church and state. As many in the US attempt to tear down that division and impose their own “superior” morals on others, it’s very refreshing to see a country with similar ideas making a public declaration about what is a family unit and that same-sex couples have the same parenting rights as hetero couples.

The United States needs to wake up and join the rest of the world in the twenty-first century. The antiquated Puritan values that many hold has done nothing but stifle the development of its population and created a lazy nation. If the United States is to return to its place as the “Greatest Nation on Earth,” it needs to pick itself up by the bootstraps and make the hard changes that will allow itself to do so.

These include:

  • A declaration of Gay Rights.
  • Universal Healthcare for all.
  • An end to government bail-out programs.
  • Higher standards of education.
  • A flat tax across the board.
  • An end to lobbying.

If these things can happen… then America will be great.

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Written by Steve Miller

September 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

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  1. Helloto you on this beautiful morning!
    You have a start there for the changes we need. I don’t agree with Universal Healthcare for all, just that insurance is available to all.
    The AMA must expand med school attendance – there is a shortage of doctors. Look at Scandinavia and see why they are usually much better in any ranking than USA.
    Medical malpractice cases should be regulated, and that should be handled on a separate bill from any medical insurance/cost reform bill.
    The goverment is corrupt and business lacks ethics. Politicians and policy makers use favoritism when it is time to decide and define future direction.

    I favor a VAT like EU countries have, anything you buy gets 15-29% added as a Value-Added-Tax. The social democratic EU countries were able to reduce income tax rates while increasing benefits. The flat tax is not a fair tax.

    USA is almost at the bottom of 133 countries for mismanaging the budget and increasing national debt to a point that in the near future the goverment cannot provide for ANY medical benefits to anyone with a dime in their pocket. Obama is taking this country to a breaking point where a shift towards socialism becomes easier.

    Seal the borders! Legalize drugs to end a hopeless war, torture, murder and kidnappings – put the cartels out of business. Sell drugs thru Rx, and use the money wasted on the war on drugs on education and rehab instead. THAT would be CHANGE.

    And by all means end lobbying. Make it illegal.
    Also we need serious reform in election funding. And never give citizenship to illegal aliens – in the best case if they meet requirements give them permanent resident status. Once anyone gets US citizenship it is much more difficult to manage the problems they create. And we don’t have the time and money to conduct thorough background checks on undocument people – that’s a contradiction in terms – it can’t be done. Obama will do great harm to this country if he gives US citizenship to the 12-20 million illegals in the country.
    Other than that the sky is still up there, clear and blue!
    Have a great day!

    newsbird

    September 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    • Thanks for taking the time for writing a comment. I really appreciate it!

      Steve

      September 10, 2009 at 6:18 am

  2. Well said, my love!
    There are many changes that need to happen in this world. I just wish people would open their minds and hearts…understand, respect, and treat one another better. One step at a time, one change in attitude at a time.

    Jo

    September 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm


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