Differences Between the US and the UK (podcast style conversation w/ my English boyfriend)
Hello my dude this welcome back to my channel my name is Tiffany and today's video is a little bit different, we have a to camera, setup we, have a microphone, and we have my boyfriend Nathan hello that Nathan, is from Devon, England and, we have lived together in New York now for almost three years so. For today's video I wanted, us to compare, and contrast the. United States and the United Kingdom, because. It's. Interesting. Why. Not for those of you who have been watching for a couple years you may remember my study abroad era, I studied. Abroad in France I don't know if I've ever mentioned that before never mentioned, that but, anyway back then I used to make quite. A few videos about, travel, and, comparing, different cultures, and I just wanted to go back to my roots for a moment, and most. Importantly I wanted an excuse to bring Nathan into a video so, we have kind, of prepared, some. Questions and, we're gonna have a debate style. Conversation. Trying. To defend our sides so, whether or not we believe our, arguments. We have to argue for our country, because. Patriotism. And you guys can participate by, commenting, down below for each question and letting us know who you think won the argument, hey so I didn't intend for this video to essentially, be a podcast, but, that's basically what, it is so sit, back listen. Enjoy. But. Before we continue I've got to give a shout out to today's sponsor which is Babel, the number one language learning app in the world so, I've been learning French now off and on for 10 years. And I'm currently ending, my very last semester, of college French, so. It's a big priority of mine to, make sure that I retain. All the information, I've learned and continue, improving. My French skills and, I've tried a variety of different language, learning tools and apps over the years but honestly babble is my favorite, I think the format just works really well for me I like that there are no ads and, when it comes to the example, scenarios, I, that they're actually relevant, and simple. Things that actually come up in real life so every day the goal is to do at least one lesson and one review.
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The Iconic Noah. Webster, heard. Of him. Webster's. Dictionary, okay, Noah, Webster, decided. That quote. He. Wanted Americans, to, be independent. Not only politically, but also, lexically. All right so, he was the one who decided to take the you out of words like color or humor. And to change that I se. Into an ize. Thank. You Noah I also wanted to point out another difference in grammar British. English tends, to use the present, perfect as, in. I've broken, your vase do you say Weiser vase buzz, buzz I've. Broken your vows I've, got, the post would, you say that post, mail, post. Compared. To American, English which tends to use the simple, past I broke, your vase, I got. The, mail and there's, also the difference in using, words. Like lint. Or spoilt, with, the tea instead, of leaned or spoiled. So those are just some more grammatical, differences here, looking at me like this is useless information. I. Think. It's interesting and, the last thing that was on my notes was Z versus, Zed that, threw me off for forever eeeek secret. Cosette, I was familiar with Zed from French I didn't, know that British, English says. Said don't Canadians to our Americans, the only one who says he is H. H as, well that, threw me off to ya HDMI. Cord I remember, you saying that when we first met, we. Were just talking about cords, yeah so. Anyway Wow that that ended up being a longer discussion than I wanted let us know your, opinion what's, better American, or British English, you. Know there are a lot of other countries that speak English we have Canadian, English we have South. African. New. Zealand, Australian. English but we don't have time and we don't have representatives. For, them thank us thank you. Thanks. Brits for. Being colonizers. Now. That's, great. Right there okay we were bad also. Still. Steady bad yes. Moving. On so. Then the next thing I wanted to touch on was regional. Accents, and I guess first I want to talk about the American accent in general, I would argue that it, is the most popular, English, accent, that's actually, backed up by facts and it. Is considered the easiest for most people to understand. Whether you're native or non-native English. Speaker, so. We've got that I would, also argue that the, American and English accent, has become so popular because of, our, influence, on media and pop culture so. I think that just naturally people, are more likely to, perhaps. Watch, more American, media than. British. Aviation from, where am I getting this from I keep. Hitting my teeth, ouch. Where. Are you getting information I. Have. My sources I will. Say it's funny how you do, like, your. Little English twine comes out when we go, visit, my parents and family back in the UK mm-hmm, I can't, control it I started, actually, I started to say like quite. Like. Lovely, lovely, lovely, well it's because I hear a cup of tea I hear. Your parents and, simply. Saying it and it just feels like. It's more natural to start picking up on it than to continue using my, terrible. American voice yeah, I find, it very difficult to. Change. Between like. Gas station, petrol station, trash bin, like. Bathroom. Toilet what is that called, code-switching. Whatever, switching, is is very hard and difficult so. You should sympathize no but you're pretty good at it continue. I wanted to give a shout out to some American accents. I think I think American, regional accents, though there are many there. Are a handful, that are the most iconic, including. The southern accent, of. Which I'm gonna attempt, right now Louisiana. Mmm. Well you, get a little bit of a Southern drawl you. Get a Southern, drawl. You. Have a little bit of gumbo, remember. The woman who read my palm and you all needs mm-hmm. I can listen to our all day such. A low. Comforting. Tone. It, was amazing, mm-hmm and then you have the Bostonian, accent. Remember. When we went to bust and everything said have it yeah yeah, have, it yard about. Them you, get Marky Mark little twine I was like a some Irish in there which is uh yeah, that's true Irish, Catholic, uh-huh, mm-hmm, now we have a York, New York quaff II my, daughter my, daughter and I went to get some coffee yes. Stop please. Even. In New York there's a lot of different accents and, then we have California. Which is like totally gnarly which. Is my native accent, in case that explains the horrible, people. Are always like what, is it the vocal. Fry' they're like it's so I, don't talk like that anymore, much, it's just they're still I'm like I don't talk like that. Like. And then you have the Midwestern, accent which I don't know how to do really but what. Do you say you say oh and. Just. That. There's. Some great Midwestern. Comedy. Videos on YouTube, moving, on well. You talk about the UK accents, fine.
I Mean you have the great. Scottish, Scott, right Scott sorry. That wasn't anything. Scottish. School. School. School I, don't, know I. Guess. I guess in Scotland, that's. Great, was, it I guess in Scotland. With. My bagpipes and my kilt and the. Loch Ness monster around, the corner wow we, have the Welsh accent, in the valley and. Valleys, it wears you have, the valleys in Wales Northern. Ireland's, I mean top of the day to top. Of the morning to ya you're. Doing the most stereotypical quotes. By, London. Landon. Landon. Cockles. I. Can't. Even judge whether these are good or not in that next. I wanted to talk about culture. And with, the United States I want to talk a little bit about diversity. You got to appreciate the immigrants they have literally built and created American. Culture, there are so many different, cultures here we live in Queens which is literally the most diverse. County, in the whole country so. Much good food lots, of stuff going on but, when I asked like what exactly is American. Culture I feel like that's very hard if not impossible to, define because, I think it's, really more regional. In terms, of like the, way you would celebrate holidays, or what, kind of traditions you have I personally, feel like I have very few traditions, like, when I first met Nathan's, family, his mom was asking me like what, does your family do for Christmas I was like well we, go to my grandma's house we eat we drink that's. It he. Has like this whole plan, that his family always does on, Christmas and Boxing Day so I, also want to say that some people in, this country, view, American, culture to be essentially. White Christian, culture, which, is not true, okay it, can represent white, Christians, but that doesn't mean that that's America, it's like the people who get mad when you say Happy Holidays to, be inclusive of other people who celebrate different, holidays or don't celebrate, holidays, when, they're like you're, erasing Christmas. I. Love. America so for me and. Britain. The. UK is whole we, have a much rich, history, than. America. So therefore I felt like we have a lot more traditions. And a lot more like special holidays, you, know even in like, Scotland. Do you have some Andrews day and with, the whole traditions, that come with like Scotland with the kilts and the bagpipes, you head on over to Wales, Wales. Interestingly, have, their own language, the. Welsh language and, well, the Welsh love their rugby, sports as well. There's. Something big there. Like massively. Like, hooked on over there and then you move on over to Ireland, Northern. Ireland, which, is part of UK which is something that a lot of people get very confused on, Ireland. Is not part of the United Kingdom Northern. Ireland is part of the United Kingdom some. Choose to celebrate some, Patrick's Day there and by, the way the whole Northern, Ireland Irish thing, is like, there's. Some great history there you should definitely, read up on about it's very interesting and, then of course you've got things like poppy. Day you. Have Guy Fawkes Day remember. Remember the fifth of November well. I'm from you have like a tradition, called tar vows where you literally have and you've been to it before you, have children. Men. Women, like. Carrying, a hot burning tar battle through like the. Streets of ultrason Mary where. They, believed back, in God. Knows when that. The the. Smoke and the flames are burning away, the ghosts, and like, people. Haunting, the town. And. Yeah, you you. Know traditions. As well within England, some of those like ingrained, in our culture is. Soccer no, you just said soccer. I was just about to say. No. Disrespect, to, Americans. But. You do kick the ball of your foot so it is football. Our fans of football are. Just some of the most passionate fans in the world and like people's lives, are devoted - football football. So engrained, in, so. Many different families around the whole of the United Kingdom. Whether. That's people in Manchester, people Liverpool, Newcastle. Cardiff. Belfast. I. Mean, as an outsider again, coming from my, perspective where I personally, feel like I don't have a very distinct connection, to any like American, culture, coming. And visiting your. Family in England. Does. Feel way more culturally. And traditionally, rich than I'm used to so that's something I really enjoy like learning about the boxing, days like the only thing I want to suggest it's like when I told you about Boxing Day you weren't too sure what the hell that meant well coz we don't celebrate, it here and even like Easter, he said you don't have easter eggs do yeah we do well, you have chocolate Easter eggs yeah well.
We Do Easter egg hunts and things but yeah. We. Have Easter all right so, continuing, with culture, we've got to talk about food and you may be wondering what, even is American, food processed. Like American. Cheese which, yes, that's a big part of our culture unfortunately, what, are your thoughts there's nothing. Special or, unique about, American, food you have burgers, small burgers, burgers, even, more burgers, fries wings, you, have pancakes, you, have hot dogs or can. I tempt you with a, roast dinner with healthy vegetables, and a Yorkshire, pudding may, I add can, I tempt you with fish and chips there's, nothing, better than sitting in a seaside town along. The beachfront diving. Into a bag of fish and chips or, would. You enjoy a full, English breakfast. Which by the way there is no argument about what breakfast, is better England, or America in. America your breakfast is sugar sugar sugar, let me explain we've taken him and his family to some American diners, like IHOP, or Denny's or other. Ones where they do have those decadent, like pancakes. And french toast waffles, covered, in syrup, and sugar and, with chocolate whipped cream chocolate sprinkles, that's not our standard breakfast, but that is pretty American, you. Can indulge in. A. Cornish. Pasty, if you'd like Oh. Would you like to come with me and sit, down and. Have a beautiful. Wonderful. Cream. Tea with. Finger. Sandwiches. With. Some lovely, cakes, with. Some nice scones, or scones, however, you'd like to pronounce that, I'm from Devon and there's. This heated debate between. Cornwall, and Devon on how, you should have your skull so, the Cornish way is jammed, first with cream on the top mmm, clotted cream or the Devon, way is the, reverse which is cream at the bottom and jam on top I mean. Personally, I think I'm not too sure where I lie. I. Will say though it's, funny how black. Tea and dishes. Like chicken tikka masala are labelled as British but, we, got them from India. Thanks, for the tea sorry, about the colonisation, Wow actually, apparently, tea.
Was Introduced, to, India by. The British I am I am truly shocked, I did, not know this honestly. Speaking of colonisation, that was what I was going to mention about American, food because, yes, it is a lot of processed stuff but it's also a. Lot of food that we've gotten from the places. That we've colonized, and the rich immigrant, communities, that we have so we have a pretty wide variety of, foods, I, did write typical. American foods do include hamburgers. Hot dogs apple. Pie, literally. What's more American than apple pie some, other signature, American, foods include New York bagels, southern. Comfort, food which. Also has a lot of influences, in, Cajun. And Creole, cultures. Shout. Out to New Orleans Louisiana. Barbecue. I think, is pretty American would you agree oh there's. A lot of a lot of states that think they're like the barbecue, state and then we have Americanized, pizza, which is probably again, blasphemy, to the Italians, but we have New York Pizza we have Chicago, deep-dish pizza, iconic. And of course my favorite is Tex Mex and you, were saying that, it's. Not real, Mexican, food but I was saying that that's the point because. It's tax Mex. And therefore, it is an American. Creation. Of this, specific kind of food I mean I do like authentic, Mexican food as well of course I'm from Southern California, llegada. But. I also do love tex-mex and, next, on my list was actually tea versus coffee all right so for me it's tea. Is not just about the drink it's about the experience. You're socializing, and to. Pour yourself a, cup of tea or even better having your tea in a teapot where you're letting the leaves still clash. With. Your friends you're with your family you're, sipping, your tea. You're dunking your biscuits, in your tea instead, here, although, the coffee is pretty good I will concede it's, all very, convenient. And then, rough. Dry. For you pick up your coffee you drink it, and it's usually mostly. An individual, activity right, so you may might meet up with people at a coffee shop or whatever that could be social but coffee, tends to be like when I wake up don't talk to me so I have my coffee but. I think yeah, it is a very American, thing and I wanted to get into that so, I can actually say we can attribute even more of our culture, to, hating the British oh I. Didn't, know about this but it wasn't until the Boston, Tea Party of, 1773. That. America's. Coffee culture was changed forever the revolt, against King George the third generated. A mass switch, from tea to, coffee amongst. The colonists, so then the demand for coffee flourished, and then I think we began to get involved in the in the coffee biz so we had pre, roasted coffee by the pound and then we had the invention of instant, coffee and then, what is more American, than Starbucks. There's. Nothing. More. New York than Dunkin Donuts. I, appreciate. Coffee in, a sense of you can do more with it as in, you've got your lattes, you got your cappuccinos, your mac, ejidos your laughter Tina whatever you say oh you're making things up yeah, I was.
Like I've never heard of that. Continuing. On I wanted to talk a little bit about education. And specifically. University. So I will, share with you the typical American, college experience, which is so iconic in. Our culture and even. Though it's obviously no a reality for many, students. Here including. Myself I feel like it is the, ideal, version, of what we think, University, should be so, of course you have your dream school you, do your applications. You work hard your whole life to, get into that school you go there it's all about the campus, lifestyle, you don't want to be a commuter, you want to live on campus so. When you're a freshman you live in the dorms, you have your roommate, you eat in the dining halls, which. Means you get to eat whatever you want unlimited. Amounts, two, to three times a day that, is typically where the freshman, 15 comes, in you also might. Want to join a sorority or, a frat along. With that comes parties, maybe, you go to a frat house, maybe you drink some jungle juice I've, only heard of it I don't know if it's a real thing have, I been to a college party in years No, then there are the tailgates, and the football games American, football games and then you graduate with an average of $30,000. In debt and that's the experience, so. For me you didn't even mention. Education. Once, oh yeah well college, experience that's not part of it exactly, okay for us we, do things a little differently, so, it's a primary school secondary school and then, once, you've done your secondary, school at the age of 16, you have the options to either go on to do higher education, you either go, and do an. Apprenticeship, within a trade, or you know hairdressing, or something like that or you choose just go out there and work I like, those options because, even. At the age of 18, like we're towards 16 here even at the age of 18 20 21 22, 23 people. Still don't really truly, know what they actually, want to do for a career mm-hmm, so I like the little breaks within our education, system where you can choose to just go and work and figure your life out a little bit you go on to college you do two years there and you have to collect enough you cast points, within. College, to go, into a university, that you want to go into I mean our experience, is very similar to yours we don't go, too hardcore, into the whole college, frat, parties, and there's, definitely parties, I would say with us and. Correct. Me if I'm wrong but there's, a little bit more of. Independence. Within, our, first years, of, university. Unlike you and, the. American system on my first year within my first year I was cooking, my own meals and. Doing. You know figuring, out I know it sounds stupid but figuring out breakfast, figuring out one there for lunch whether I can afford lunch mmm, figuring out if I can afford dinner and like do my weekly food, shop or grocery, shop rather. Than just go.
Into Like a cafeteria I, think it teaches you a lot about independence. And budgeting, and all that sort of stuff so, yeah there, is a difference, 100%, but there's a lot of similarities. Within, the two experiences. I'm. Not too sure what's better and not but, I do disagree, that you have to do four. Years of a degree rather than three years and I still don't quite understand, why you have to do your like core subjects. Of English, math and science, don't get me started actually, I see do get me started, I will, definitely, agree with that I was. That a dumb sorry I. Mean. It is so annoying that in, high school we review, you know all the basics, and then you go to college and your first two years of University, are gen, ed courses I mean you can mix them up but you have to do a lot of credits in gen, ed so again you're doing English writing. Language. Math, science. And then, in your last two, years half of your degree is devoted, to your actual major minor, double. Major whatever, it is and obviously with our student, debt crisis, and, College. Already being very, unaffordable, for people it is annoying that we have four, years and the more classes that it takes the less likely people are to actually get through it and graduate so, I am jealous that you guys have a three-year, bachelor's. Degree, you win. All. Right next up I wanted to compare. British, humor and American. Humor because I've definitely heard, British, people say that Americans. Have. A terrible sense of humor or, that. British humor is way smarter and Americans don't get it and. To. Some extent I can understand so I want to explain American, humor first, based, on my light research, American. Humor tends to be a lot more exaggerated. And. Slapstick. Physical. Comedy is very, popular, also, like, absurdity. In general, is where a lot of our are, at. Least in terms of like film and TV that's where a lot of our comedy comes from and it. Also tends to be rather. Observational. So, you'll have those ridiculous, over-the-top characters. Who. Don't realize how ridiculous they are and that's where the humor comes from so it's kind of like all of Will, Ferrell's, characters. Ever like that kind of encompasses, American. Humor to me but. I think I think the, big argument, between, these types of humor came. From the office shots. At Dwight and people, directly, we're comparing the, British. Version, of the office, and the American version which, I don't think you can directly compare but it does highlight, some differences, in how each, culture, would portray that story. Right. Like American, humor is very like poop, and fart jokes. It's. Not funny but. You doing it as funny okay. Are humor, is a lot more clever than yours oh yeah there's a certain elements, of dark and dry humor, that comes with it. Sarcasm. Is something that I find that that we struggle, with in the relationship, is my sarcasm, can sometimes offend you okay. I'm like I speak, fluent, sarcasm. Okay, it's. Funny because I think Americans, think we're very sarcastic. But, like I think British. Sarcasm. Doesn't. Even sound like sarcasm, right it's, a lot more low-key like Americans would be like oh yeah. Totally I mean is that sarcasm I don't know yes so for me like you've, only got to check out like you. Mentioned it before the u.s. office and the UK. Office first of all thank offered Ricky Gervais you. Can thank him for the u.s. office this, humor within the US office I think the u.s. office is like a much. Better serious, than the UK office I just like the UK office because, the, humors much, more realistic. Mm-hmm. And you find the summer scenarios, that come up in. Not, just the UK office but you know series like The Inbetweeners and, stuff like that things. That growing. Up and you. Know being in a workplace I can relate, to a lot I don't think I can say the same thing, for like, the. U.s. office or. Shits. Creek or anything like that I just find they. Can't really relate to that, sort of comedy right however I find it very enjoyable to watch but, yeah I mean you know some, of the in my opinion best comedians, of the world Brits. But. That being said I, really do appreciate people, like Dave Chappelle who I think's an absolute god of comedy yeah, I think there's a big difference too in humor. In. Wasn't. Me. No, it's not funny. Stop. I'm just a dumb American, I was gonna say there's a big difference again, between the, humor in film and TV versus, stand-up I think stand-up is a whole different, thing next. Topic is the royal family, I've always been very interested in this obviously, we. Personally, outgrew, the need for a. Monarch. In like the 1770s, so. I just I'm just kind of wondering like why you guys. Know. It's interesting to me as an American too, I mean even I get interested, in the royal family I feel like they're a cultural.
Phenomenon. And I end up reading about I don't know Prince Charles's. Ex-girlfriends. And things affairs. And, the, drama of it all but, I feel like we, don't have that equivalent, obviously, here I would say culturally. The only equivalent, we could possibly have as a royal, family would be unfortunately. The Kardashians. But. That's not even not, even comparable what do you think of the royal family I mean I love. Them well I agree with everything you, said just. Then I think, you, don't need the royal family, here cuz you guys are so obsessed with them that's. Crazy like you go to any oil, in any supermarket, like the, magazine, part is just all like that's, all. Mark, mark you like yeah. Megan Rocko had an affair does Prince Harry know about it it's like Lenny won't believe this probably. I love, everything that the royal family, stands for I mean for me obviously, we're. Right now we're in the pandemic, and. Listening. To the Queen speech about, a month ago now and just. Her message. Of we will meet again with. Something like I took a lot of confidence from and when. You have like Boris, Johnson being like I shake hands of everyone like I go into the hospital I shake hands with every. Patient and doctor and cut to him in an ICU, unit and, then you have Donald, Trump who, is like, drink, bleach it's, just like in. Terms of world leaders she kind of that, speech gave me some sort of comfort that we will get through this and we, will meet our family and friends again I can also say something people might appreciate, about the, Queen and the royal family is that they're technically, non-partisan. Right, so you don't have. To be labor, or, conservative. To to. Like them or dislike them but. I think I think one. Thing that I've heard one criticism, is like kind of the classist. Element, of having a royal, family I mean I don't, even really know much about British, like class, history. And conflict, between like the upper-class, posh. People, and everybody, else, but. One one specific, complaint is I guess the expense. Of having a royal family so I will, cut you off that is something that drives me crazy if, you I've been like, to. London so many times now, and, every. Time I go I head, to Buckingham Palace and I go for the change in the guard. Anything. I've ever seen well. If. You, saw, the. Amount of people it draws, and, the amount of tourism, that, the royal, family bring into this country into the United Kingdom mm-hmm, and the, interest, and the, intrigue and the, money that's bringing in and yet, they you know people complain about taxpayer, money is, something that really frustrates me now however I do believe, and I strongly believe that you, know mega. Markel and Prince. Or Harry. Should. Be. Paying for their own security stuff like that when they live in Canada, or the United States fully understand, that but when, it comes to you, know how much it costs, for, the Queen and the Queen to live in England it's just an argument I just don't fully, understand, because I always wonder what's or money they bring in right, I would like to look into that I'm sure somebody has studied whether, it ends up being a positive net. For, tourism. In the UK it has to be next, finally. We can get into a little bit of politics, yeah. Don't know where to begin here um I guess, first we could compare Boris. Johnson, and Trump a lot of people make comparisons, and say that they're basically the, equivalent of each other and I. Will admit I don't know enough, about UK. Politics, and, all, of these politicians to, have a deep, enough knowledge to argue but, I do try to learn a little bit but, I'll say I don't think any world, leader compares. To Trump because he's literally, I mean it, almost feels unnecessary. To talk about how much of an idiot he, is and how unqualified. He is to be President. It hurts me to say that the, comparison. Doesn't quite make sense I feel like people only compare, them because of their hairstyles. Maybe. Body type, I mean maybe body type in some way. Maybe. Definitely. They're lawyers, that they represent, this Bo conserve right-wing party, but. For me there's no comparison, at all like you have a guy you, know whether you agree with him or disagree of him in Boris, Johnson who's devoted his life to politics, you know he has experience. In politics as the mayor of London and then you have some like Donald Trump who had, no experience. In politics at all he was a businessman he was a TV star, that's. Kind, of what you're comparing. Right. It doesn't quite make sense for, me then, I wanted to ask if we could compare, kind of our political. Structures. So like in the u.s. we have the president and then we have Congress and, you guys have the Prime Minister and Parliament, and I'm always very interested, in learning about how they work differently or what's more effective. Or efficient, I mean, here in the US obviously.
Our Presidential, elections, are such, a big deal that was it almost feels like we're constantly having election, the, primaries, take over a year and then it is kind of a popularity contest in, that so. Much about our political system, is about I mean you could argue this is modern. Politics, but image. And electability, and, all of these kind of nebulous, concepts. On what, makes people think that someone would be fit for the top office in our government, right I think for me is like crazy it's like there, was genuine. Conversation. That people would vote for Dwayne the rock Johnson, as president, I, mean. You love their I love the rock he's not a goddamn president for crying out loud it, just doesn't make your. Again. Please. Correct, me if I'm wrong I am no expert. In. Politics. I really am NOT I do have an interest in it and I. Do have an opinion but. I am NOT an expert to, me it doesn't make sense your, structure, mm-hmm, I don't know how you get things done, and I, don't know how you progress right. Whether you lean right or left how do you get things done your way any way of seeing something well I can jump in and say that's, definitely a conflict that we have and that there are checks and balances, between the different, branches but, I think in Congress. Especially everything. Is so partisan. Every. Issue is just oh if you're a Democrat, you have to vote vote this way and then you vote against the Republicans, and they're gonna vote against you there's, no actual. Discussion. And you're very unlikely to be able to win people over and another problem is that we have this two-party, system, where. I mean technically it's not officially. A two-party system but independents. Are so rare in Congress, or to be elected in any elections. Third, party like the Green Party or, libertarians. Almost, never win so, you do get stuck with this binary of, apparently. Left versus right when. Really there's actually not that much difference, between the two parties so people feel like you, kind of have to choose like Oh the, Democrats apparently. Care for gay. People and women so, if you support that you vote for the Democrats, and if, you are a conservative. Christian. You're, gonna go for the Republicans, and that's kind of what our political. Parties, and shake out to be. And. Your guns yes of course and your freedom that's. That's, the Republicans, I mean yeah, I don't like how you have to choose. Between two, parties and listen in the UK is pretty much as two pies its labor conservative. However, you don't have to align yourself to that party you know, here you can believe. Your. Right to carry a gun and you, could be pro-choice, mm-hm. And you could be Pro immigration yet. If you spoke to someone they would say oh you you, like, your gun you're, a Republican, it's two contradictory, yeah it's like come on like that doesn't make any sense it just doesn't make sense what's the most frustrating, thing is that the majority of voters would, identify as.
Independent. But again because of the system you're forced, to choose well. Do you want somebody to win then you have to pick one of the two main candidates, right so then independence. Of all sorts, who do have mixed beliefs like that that don't just perfectly align with those party, lines you. Just feel like you have to pick whatever is closest, or whatever works or people, just don't vote because, nobody. Matches. Their you, know beliefs right, well what I like about you guys we, watched the last election, results, for the UK. Election, and though. It may be predominantly, labour. And conservative that, win most seats you guys do have we. Have SNP, SNP, we have Lib, Dems. You. Know you have green pie. No. But the point that that those other lesser-known, parties, can still win yes, it's important and it changes over every year yeah you know I think that's really important to being able to change, the agenda and, our final topic is healthcare. Which, obviously is, a, very big issue and. I think it's especially interesting for you, coming, from the UK to the US you've had an interesting experience so, do, you want to start by explaining the, NHS yes. So obviously. I've lived with both, systems now and, for. Me a National Health Service makes a lot more sense, you, know there's definite flaws of the NHS you. Know it's under. Underfunded. There's, a long waiting times etc etc but. To. Me it just make. Much more sense you know people say we have I don't want the money's come out of my paycheck like, it does in the UK you know money, comes out your paycheck to pay, the NHS, taxes, yeah but I'd rather that, get taken out and know exactly what I'm getting every month then. Like a surprise, bill. That comes out of nowhere from, a hospital visit that you had to go to and, all of a sudden you have to like fork out that money for that it, just doesn't, make sense and again. In the UK there's options for you to go private, if you want to go private you can do it and if you can afford to and if you can afford to go for it, but. For. Me the. NHS, and this is agreed on by both you, know right. Wing parties left-wing positive in the UK it's. So valuable for us and we appreciate it so much mm-hmm. Over here it's just confusing I can, kind of explain, an example, so okay, let's, say I'm an American and I am in need of medical attention I will not call an ambulance. Probably, because I'm too afraid of the cost so, I will, drive. Myself to the hospital and then let's say I have. Health insurance I, pay $400. A month for it, and I, still have a deductible, which means I have to spend a few thousand, dollars before, my, insurance is even going to cover anything. Then. You have to make sure the, doctor, and the hospital you're, going to our in-network. And, all of the procedures, are approved. And, so. You'll go through all of this and in. The meantime it's usually in an emergency. Or a stressful situation, and. Then, you go home and then, you do get that bill in the mail a couple weeks later and your, insurance is telling you why they're not covering certain things and then you're left with this massive fill and again. You're already paying hundreds, of dollars every month if you have insurance it's, very expensive and then, you, have your deductible, then you have your co-pays you're still paying you. Know every time you go to the doctor and really, it's like what. Does our insurance provide. To us and for most people it's just like. A disaster, protection. Thing, so like if you had. An, absolutely. Catastrophic issue, that would cost you like a hundred thousand dollars at least your insurance will save you then but your gonna have to pay thousands, first, but, so many people end, up spending all this money and getting nothing out of it I just I I still, don't quite understand. Why. Politicians. Are telling you how you can't get it done mm-hmm, and it's the most frustrating, thing here's. Why, we can't do it too even here Democrats. Who apparently are the liberal ones on the Left progressives. To hear them say oh no, we want you to have the freedom, to keep. Your private insurance, you like your private insurance don't, you it's like it's so asinine. Sad. Like well sadly, even now the pandemic, this is a story in New York where a patient, goes in has, the virus really really bad and sadly, dies from it but apparently, their last words were who's, gonna pay for this mm-hmm, why is that even a worry, go. It like why is that the forefront, of your mind, when you're you're, so sick mm-hmm, you break an ankle or even worse god forbid you come, down with like a really really bad illness, and you have to get an ambulance mm-hmm and then you're like trying to figure, out whether that cost like two to five grand or wherever that's gonna cost you to even call out an ambulance, right in the moment you can't think about your health or your loved ones or, your last moments.
And You have to consider the. Cost and, the worst thing is like even if you're developing symptoms of something you're, too scared to go get I figured out and then it could be too late before you even like your. Doctor, yeah and, for me it's just like the, argument against a National, Health Service which has been done in countries. Like Canada, UK, Germany. France you. Know to name a few is, that. Yeah but they take the money out of my paycheck well. Of. Course it's. Gonna be paid for it's not free right so I'd rather come. Out on my paycheck and, then. Know exactly what I have at the end of that paycheck know that everything, is covered and there's an argument about what other jobs for the people who work for the insurance companies, and I get that but like when you come up with a better system you. Have to move, the times yeah, or with green energy we're, trying to phase out fossil fuel. And fossil fuel jobs which it sucks, to lose those jobs but, you're going to have new industries, and the akan has to you know continue evolving and most importantly you can't you, can't prop up an industry that's bad for people bad for the planet just, for the sake of some, jobs, I do think you do have to have a transition, plan though and that's what most of these proposals have it's like for, the people who are going. To lose their job from this what. Other job can we offer them so, that you don't have an unemployment, issue also but I mean it really just comes down to propaganda. From the the, healthcare, industries, the insurance companies themselves make, so much in profits, literally, for denying care that's how they make their money and then, you have the pharmaceuticals. And you have health, tech, industries, that all want to preserve this, very wasteful, and expensive system. That kills people for. The sake of their, profits, and, we have politicians who are essentially. Bought by these industries and that's why they vote against, things like Medicare for all right, which by the way Medicare for all we. Need it and, if you can afford your, health care right now and you like your health care right now well, then you know if there is a national health service there, will be. Private. Options, you know you can go for if you want to do for if you can afford to do so that's the thing it's like people are like I want my private insurance, why do you want private insurance if you have the money to pay for private, care pay, for private care like you do in the UK but.
You Just go to a private practitioner, right, but you don't need a private insurance plan right, exactly, yeah whoa. That has been quite a conversation. Thank You Nathan for being here it's been an, enlightening. I hope you guys enjoyed this I hope it was an interesting format, and. Again let us know what your thoughts are on each of these issues I'm sure we will have some, some. Discussions, in the comments and stay tuned for my next video once, again remember to check out babble you guys can click the link in the description, get, 50%. Off six months you. Said you wanted to learn a new language ooh I will challenge you to. Do that I want to do Mandarin, but I think that's probably a little too tough for me right now you want to say K thanks bye, or just wave how. Do you do it you okay, thanks bye bye.