I am so with you on this! I even lived in AR - when Bill was president. I'm not his biggest fan, but as you say, to go from where he started to where he ended up, that would be very unlikely to happen in the UK. I often find myself using many of the exact sayings that you quoted - if you don't ask you don't get - and I get looked at with some sideways glances, but hey, it is just the way I am, and I think that the UK could do with learning a few of these things!
Did you delete the post?
Agree with all of that - I do miss America's can-do attitude.
@ Deanna - No. I've just reached it via the link here.
The more the merrier....