posted on Oct, 21 2009 @ 07:40 PM
Very few people over 23 pages used the feared N-word - thrown for no reason at non-American nations, parties, politicians, churches etc. with such
ease... by many Americans.
The word is NATIONALISM.
In my opinion, the OP writes not only patriot opinions. There was a Scottich patriot who listed the achievements of Scots. Native Americans, Irish -
Those people are patriotic.
Now most countries in Europe fear violent and stupid nationalism - for a good reason. The very word NAZI comes from German for National...
For some curious reason, very few people notice the bull in the china shop.
Yes, people all over the world love us Americans (I am a citizen, having lived there for over a decade) for different reasons than what American
nationalists like to emphasise.
Man, people around the world love our movies, the Internet, most of our music - jazz, superstars, rock, the hippies (yes, with their famous anti-war
protests), neuro-linguistic programming, novel literature etc. They might like famous inventors like Franklin, Roosevelt and MLK. Not Bush - or
Reagan. On Coke, etc. people are divided, some over here love it. I personally love American healthy diet inventions, movements for giving birth at
home etc. Indians (sorry, Native elders etc.)
But presently, in the 21st century, if you want to name two things why America is popular in other parts of the world: it's got to be movies (films
for Brits) and computer stuff (Internet), all over the world, out of all the above.
I also learned to love American self-criticism and self-scrutiny. Since I am part European, and live there presently, I am trying to teach that
attitude as something great I learned across the ocean.
Whereas, an American nationalist would be proud of weapons, wars, history (let's leave out dark spots like Hiroshima), and presently even the bogus
war against Islam. Even trying to justify wars abroad like Iraq and Afghanistan.
These things are not exactly match do they?
It is as if a Russian would be proud of Russia's failed conquest of Afghanistan, the Soviet Union etc. - and forget Dostoyevsky.
The thing is, non-Americans usually do not take well to American nationalism. It reminds us Europeans (I grew up in Europe) to Nazism. And from the
point of view of a present-day third world Muslim, for one thing, it does look very similar.
Depleted uranium - anyone?
All nationalists are paranoid in ideation. "They do not see our greatness - they just use us - we are stronger, but we willnot put up with this any
longer" etc. I hear that from fringe fanatics all over the world. There is no great culture without these paranoid freaks.
In most European countries these guys do not have much of a chance. (They may in Hungary next year though, and Slovakia, but not in major countries.)
They are rightly called fascists, extremists etc.
Whereas, very few people point out what the Bushists were. No doubt GWB was a patriot sometimes. But he killed that by his fervent nationalism. And
just like Germany before WW2, America is far too powerful, and far too advanced to lose to this old ghost.
American nationalists - I know the kind - usually are white-firsters, although if they are in a better mood, they will apologize to Natives. They are
You do not notice the very language. Even good citizens concerned about things start their sentences with "Americans are..." "Americans need to
know..." If a scientist in Ireland or Hungary or Korea invents something,
they just would not start their sentences with "The Irish [Gabonians etc.] need to know about this invention..." They would start their sentences
Moreover, even if someone argues that American nationalism is not dangerous (I think it is, and mostly because it is just not called that), no one can
seriously argue that European nationalism is dangerous. There are French nationalists like LePen (hates immigrants from former French colonies), etc.
On top of all that, Russia is mostly Europe. That's right, folks, Russians are not members of the EU, but they have been an European civilization
since a few thousand years at least. True, there are non-european territories in Russia.
Think it over.
Yes, this is an attack. Against American nationalists. Not against American patriots or Americans. (Including my humble self.)
If you are on the American side of this argument, would you rather represent these United States by Keanu Reeves or Dizzy Gilespie or Sitting Bull, or
by Bush, Cheney... Limbaugh and Hannity...