The only way to understand the USA is to see it through the prism of ideology.
But the scary thing is that the USA sees us through the prism of ideology.
They don't see us as we are but as bit players in their ideological drama.
Another way to say it is that the USA is fabulous because it is a land of fables.
So the suspension of disbelief is essential. In fact those who don't believe are somehow un-American.
And seeing through the eyes of ideology, they can't see ideology. So they take it completely for granted and are impervious to another point of view.
All this would be comical if they weren't the largest economy in the world, and the largest for more than 100 years.
So we must cater to their ideological beliefs. Oz has been doing this since 1904 and has developed a dab hand.
For instance, by providing political support, with very little cost to ourselves, President George W. Bush gave us what we coveted, a free trade agreement.
Of course the USA believes their own ideology, and the only danger for us is that we might believe it too. At that point we are captured and instead of being first class Australians, we become second class Americans.
But of course, although we love Americans, we always remember an ideology is -
It serves interests
And it has a demonology.
But does that make an ideology obscene?