THINGS ABOUT AMERICA THAT BAFFLE ME AS A NON-AMERICAN

I love America, and I would love to live there one day, but some things I just can't wrap my head around. None of these are meant as insults, these are just things that are kinda weird to me. I'm also not implying that my home country, the Netherlands, is by any means perfect. We have weird stuff, too.
  1. The fact that horrible and idiotic people like Donald Trump and Ben Carson can be frontrunners in the race for the candidacy for president for a major political party.
  2. How big the influence of religion is in the politics of a major developed country like this one.
  3. The obsession with guns and the 2nd Amendment, and the fact that apparently they are more important than the thousands of lives lost each year due to gun violence. So far in 2015 there have been more mass shootings than there have been days in the year, yet most politicians won't even consider stricter gun laws. Thanks, NRA.
  4. Open carry states. The idea alone terrifies me.
  5. So many people oppose universal healthcare, or even affordable healthcare for everyone.
  6. George W. Bush was elected president TWICE.
  7. The childish tactics the GOP, a major political party, employs against president Obama. Especially in his first term, it seemed like their only objective was to block every single thing his administration proposed, no matter what it was, just to make him look bad.
  8. How prudish some TV stations are when it comes to language. Also, blurring nipples in paintings. Seriously, grow up.
  9. Children having to do the Pledge of Allegiance at school every day (or often, at least, as I understand it). No other country that's not a dictatorship has this, you realize this, right? It looks a bit cult-ish.
  10. Suggested by   @bookishclaire