posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 06:04 AM
Having had a heated debate with someone about a topic that had nothing to do with American people I find myself at a loss and could do with your (The
general ATS populous whom I generally despise) advise.
I hate the ass end of globalisation, I hate work being outsourced to the East, I hate Apple making their gizmos in China and selling them to the
'cool' folk who believe in capitalism back home, I hate banks being bailed out and education costing a packet, I hate free health care being
considered as oppose to jumped upon like any 'developed' nation would, I hate the fact a Black president is hated for the wreck he's cleaning up
made by a 'good ol' family boy', I hate Caesar salad coming with Creole croutons and Mexican salsa, I hate GAP clothing and charity dinners and
finally I hate household names that a great majority of the world hasn't heard of.
However I don't for a second blame the general American population for any of this. This is progress and this is how it presents itself. Sure many
will facilitate this via their taxes, their hobbies and their political alignment. Cool, it comes from having access to perceived liberty, mass
production and running water. And fine, the problems our fathers solved grant us the freedoms we now abuse - fine; we are the children of success. We
have it easier than others and we don't appreciate it. It's in the handbook and it's expected.
No-one asked to be born American, and no-one asked to die American. With what you have you make the best you can out of it. State borders, football
teams and musicians divide you up the same way it does everywhere else on the planet. You are people, you laugh, cry and love like anyone else. You
expect people to understand cultural nuances like the 'Bad News Bears' and feel shocked when they don't. I have people who I love dearly who don't
understand the Arnold Schwarzenegger line "Stick around" and am appalled when they don't get it.
I am not an American; I am a citizen of this world. Now whilst you may not have red shirts and yellow shirts fighting in your capital or a man who
sells fruit burning himself alive due to a permit being put upon him by corrupt police or even a load of truckers holding up traffic by way of stating
their case about unfair working conditions I never once looked at you with anything other than a fellow humans eyes.
I am Scottish by birth and that brings with it many 'complaints'. The entire world can understand me apart from my brothers south of the border. I
am supposedly tight with money and enjoy alcohol too much. I wear a skirt and eat the arse end of a sheep on special occasions. A cannae change the
laws auw physics and play the bagpipes. FREEDOM!! Am noe a feckin buftie!! Chit down Mish Moneypenny. Craig Ferguson. A eat babies. Auld lang syne.
Golf. The list goes on and on, don't start me on investors!
Now whilst I renounce my heritage and cultural upbringing as I feel that badge is not needed by a civilised person I still understand people will
brand it to me on occasion and I will accept it as it is a perceived truth from them. When I meet or speak with a person, any person, I take them for
who they present themselves as and not for what their birthplace states them as being as a cliché of.
So yes, I may make jokes about cilantro not being called coriander and the pronunciation of aluminium or the state of contemporary comedy or popular
music. I say this though as a fellow human and as a presentation of how the world, as a whole, sees Americans. I do not override someone's personal
opinions or outlook by way of an American 'filter'.
I can take a ribbing at being Scottish - it's cool. When I present back the American façade it would be nice for it to be taken as it is meant; an
abstract of a culture and not as a personal attack.
Family Guy and South Park are not exclusive on parody and by existence open up the entire United States, of various rich subcultures, to a similar
stance of expression against them.
So in short; whilst you oil producing, alligator farming, lumberjacking, surfing, rapping, silicone valley'ing, conspiring, invading, stock holder
owned and horse riding inbreds are still breathing - what you drinking?