"At home, me against my brother. In the house, me and my brother against our cousins. In the village, me, my brother, my cousins against our neighbors. Outside, me, my brother, my cousins and our neighbors against the whole world."
though, this is just human nature, I think. The difference is that the US is more visible than your little village, so more people will have opinions that those within don't want them to have.
Yes, the U.S has an effect on all of us. Not just a small one, either.
If it's in our front lawn every day, we get to have an opinion.
Just like someone gets to have an opinion if the neighbor does something stupid that has an effect on the whole neighborhood.
Or something good. Which is all subjective, anyway... Arfgh.
Like the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. I agree completely that the Taliban must be crushed, just like the Barbary states had to be put the hell down back in the day.
You did that gallantly. You're fighting bravely in Afghanistan against an enemy of the entire western world.
Iraq I do not agree with. That's filthy, greedy business. Just because Saddam decided to change the oil sell currency to the Euro rather than the dollar.
It can leave you with the impression, too, that they didn't think much.
But in fact that act would have created a domino effect, toppling the dollar over.
The Euro would have gone skyrocketing as nations worldwide changed the sell currency to it, the only other viable option.
The dollar would have been devalued by God knows how much.
I understand the lashing out part, from the U.S point of view.
But in a way, it is only trying to prevent something inevitable.
The real power could have been gained through technological superiority.
Now you're misinterpreting me. Read: developing alternative fuels instead of being controlled by oil lobbyists.
Mightier than the tread of marching armies is the power of an idea whose time has come
I hate that so many of us ignore the first two words in the guarantee of "pursuit of happiness".
I hate that so many of us continue to enjoy the benefits of living here and yet always seem like they're trying to impress someone with their worldliness by consistently assuming that America is on the wrong side of every argument.
I hate that so many of us continue to enjoy the benefits of living here and yet deny their nationality when traveling overseas.
I hate that the exorbitant cost of pursuing public office results in private business dictating law.
I hate that we have evolved into people who are our politics first and American second.
I hate that what is considered acceptable profit and personal compensation has exponentially risen at the expense of the middle class and poor.
I hate that politicians judge the merit of an idea based on who proposed it.
Most of all, I hate that people don't realize America is an idea as much as a nation. It's going to be flawed and it's going to be kicked back and forth by the alternating parties that take power, and it's going to make mistakes. But as long as we keep in mind the principles we were founded on and strive to meet them, we're not beyond redemption.
Everybody have fun tonight. Everybody Wang Chung tonight.
I wouldn't say hate but I do take a bit of a dislike to those of your countrymen that believe brashness to be synonymous with confidence and make a concerted effort to appear larger-than-life.
Kindly ask them to chill out.
I generally brashly tell them to chill out
and everyone else's country is just as at fault for globalization and that the US has such an effect... except those that are occupied, but that's another matter
I was amused by how shocked people were where I was in Brazil that I was interested in their culture and their food and their language... I think that the fact that I was an American and didn't fall into their preconceived notion of "what Americans are like" definitley ended up changing some views... that was awesome
Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom? -Terry Pratchett