reply to post by Frankidealist35
I'm not sure what you mean, but I'll tell you my thoughts
Growing up, we were greatly exposed to what purported to be American culture.
Americans' houses were often bigger and to us, seemed much nicer than those in our own country. The towns seemed prettier, more organised, possessed
a far greater community spirit.
Supposedly ordinary Americans appeared to us to have a much more privileged, pleasant way of life.
All this was based, largely, in the American movies and tv to which we were exposed.
The Mouseketeers for example .. it ran here for years after it had most probably ceased in the US. All the 'family' type shows, like 'Fonzie',
the Brady Bunch. Earlier than those were the Leave it to Beaver and Donna Reed, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace type shows. All portrayed solid
values, had a moral. The towns and homes were large, comfortable, well maintained, safe, cheery and filled with 'decent' 'salt of the earth' type
Then the movies with their strong morals and upstanding citizens and solid, reliable, ethical law enforcement types. The local judge and sherrif.
The decent, reassuring town doctor. The wise grandparent and aunts/uncles. The brave older brothers. The saintly older sisters. The family
housekeeper who dispensed wisdom at the same time she managed to keep the entire house spotless and the entire family beautifully attired, fed and
The John Waynes and Audie Murphy's. The Doris Days. The Jimmy Stewarts and Hank Fondas.
When you walked out of a theatre or as the credits rolled at the end of a tv show, you believed everything good came from and was grown out of,
Everyone I knew wanted to 'go to America' when they were old enough. Everyone.
We loved America's beautiful scenery, its organisational skills, its competence, its confidence, its seeming generosity and its industry, its
innovation and good humour, its glamour, its progressiveness .. etc.
Every other place in the world appeared old fashioned and run-down by comparison. America seemed exciting, golden, the centre of everything worth
seeing and doing and having.
The movies portrayed the American President as all the John Waynes and Henry Fondas rolled into one. The CIA and FBI were portrayed as the ultimate
How could anyone be afraid or lacking or sad or in danger .. if they were lucky enough to live in America?
It was movies and tv which made people respect and admire the US.
People from every corner of the globe believed those movies and tv.
to believe them, of course.
the fault of Americans that the US has failed to live up to people's beliefs. No doubt the majority of Americans believed
those movies and tv-shows too. Many still do
But of course, all the way through, the silver cloud had a black lining.
And all the way through, there were those who knew
Pearl Harbour for example. There were those who knew, at the time, that it could have been prevented from happening and the fact it was not was what
propelled millions more Americans into WW2. Because certain people wanted
the US pulled into that war and didn't give a damn how many
American lives were lost, how many American families suffered.
For some, their awakening came with the murder of JFK
For others it was Nixon
Others were awoken to reality by Bush senior or by Viet Nam and what was used to again thrust Americans into a war the majority did not want.
For some, Bush junior has been the sad wake-up call.
Nevertheless, there are Phillipinos, Indians, Pakistanis, Sudanese, Irish, English, Scottish, Australian, New Zealanders, Flemish, Spanish, etc. etc.
regard America as the ultimate, the most desirable place to go, to be. And they save and scheme and sacrifice in order to have the
chance to be American citizens.
Anger is defined as 'disappointed hope'
So when you encounter anger from non-Americans, it's not directed at American citizens, who are recognised by the vast majority of others as being
just pawns in a cruel game. That anger is disillusionment, disappointment, in much the same way as children are stunned and disappointed when they
learn their parents aren't perfect after all.