This is all a bunch of nonsense. The facts are the facts:
1.) You Europeans would still be digging out of the rubble from your two - not one, but TWO World Wars that started on your continent - if it weren't
for the United States' assistance (the Marshall Plan). Yeah, you can "Non, mais..." or "Nein...", or even "No, mate, but..." all you want, but
the facts are the facts. We were a very strict isolationist country before the 40s, and the majority of Americans didn't want to get involved with
your ethnic cleansings and imperialistic aspirations causing all of your little bickerings, but we were forced into by our government. Hmmm...sound
I've been to Europe many, many, many times. I've loved all of my travels there, and I've enjoyed the people I've met. I cannot really recall
ever being treated inhospitably by anyone. However, Europeans are very short-sighted when it comes to history...they always have been. The French
owned most of poor North Africa and SE Asia - until they got kicked out. The Germans...well, we don't need to go there. The English - they owned
almost the entire bloody world until the US stood up to their bully empire and kicked their arses out and then the world woke up and followed suit.
Even the Spanish had their heyday murdering...hmmm...how many Jews that wouldn't accept the Catholic Church's pay-us-off-and-get-to-Heaven social
welfare program (indulgences). Just remember - if you want to sling mud at the US, then there's plenty to go around for your past - and sometimes
present - too. The facts are that we all come from countries where there are not so proud moments. Let's not forget our history, and let's show a
little humility - all of us.
2.) The US govt is not representing the American people, and they haven't for some time. A long time. We watch the circus on tv like everyone else
when we can stomach it. I personally don't even watch it. It makes me sick. Neither McCain or Obama will change one thing about how this country
is run. Each one of them from decades past has pledged the same thing, but it's always the same. We get sick of one party's BS and so we
completely vote them out and vote in the other pathetic party. Then within 4 to 8 years we do it all over again. It's a nauseating circle-jerk that
has caused many, many Americans to be completely apathetic to the process.
It is not running or operating in its intended capacity. Our govt was conceived and constructed brilliantly. It was originally a model of balance
and representation. However, like everywhere else - whether you can admit it or not - its power and operation has been usurped by corporations
(foreign and domestic), backroom deals and lunatics at the helm.
3.) Iraq and Afghanistan. Sigh. Look folks, we don't want to be there more than anyone else wants us there. If you are truly paying attention to
our politics then you would know that the vast majority of Americans want out of both countries. We want our men and women home and safe. We were
lied to about a threat, now we know. Don't think that you guys across the pond are the only ones who'd like to see our current administration
charged with crimes against humanity. To take what a few nutjobs in office do and twist it to imply that even a large minority
support this crap is just ignorance.
4.) Guns, fast-food, etc.: Ignorance. It seems to me that most of you form your ideas based on Miami Vice re-runs, MTV and gangsta rap. What a
shame that this image is what we export. Part of that, however, is our fault. However, when I've been to Europe, I've found no shortage of
Coca-Cola Light and Big Macs. Don't be a hypocrite.
Just remember - we all have our faults somewhere in our histories. For each one of you that points a finger at us with your accusatory tone, we could
point it right back at you. (Switzerland and Sweden excluded - love the chocolates and love IKEA
Please don't be a hypocrite.