posted on May, 2 2011 @ 10:42 PM
Well....ouch. I'm new to ATS, but I discovered very quickly that there is a general disdain for Americans. Americans are said to be stupid, blind,
illiterate sheep. Disgusting, greedy, selfish, arrogant bastards. Fumbling, bumbling morons with a fat checkbook but an empty bank, jackbooting
around waving their military in everyone's faces while poking their bulbous capitalist noses in everyone's business, sniffing for a buck to make, a
people to exploit, an ecosystem to ravage. Meanwhile, their shifty eyes remain ever vigilant to spot an opportunity to further their
I'm an American too, so....ouch. Not fun to be so thoroughly drawn and judged, sight-unseen, so often by so many people. Especially when the
mechanism for the judgement is my nebulous attachment, through U.S. citizenship, to the other 300 million-odd U.S. citizens--most of whom I do not
know, I assure you--and half of whom disagree so vehemently with the other half that we may as well be from separate planets.
However, it is my understanding that as U.S. citizens we are all, each in our small way, responsible for the actions of the nation as a whole, both
internally and as a global political entity. This is easy at times(when the guy I voted for wins election), not so easy at others(when he doesn't).
But, in subscribing to the system of electing governmental leadership we imply an acceptance of the results...and thereby a responsibility for the
consequences. (Unless, of course, the system has been secretly and/or covertly "fixed" or otherwise manipulated or usurped...a subject I'm sure is
under discussion elsewhere on this website; I need to remember to look for that when I have time, hehe)
I have heard, from various media/news organizations, of distaste for the U.S. all over the globe; something to be expected in some places but is (to
me) both saddening and alarming if it is true of nations with which we are supposed to be allied.
While I have met (and usually avoided later) plenty of Americans who could very easily and justifiably be tagged with some of
the...errr....descriptions...listed in the first paragraph of this post, there are also plenty of Americans who do not fit any such description.
This, as I understand it, is the way it is with humans everywhere, regardless of race/nationality/creed: some will be jackasses, some won't.
I'm sure by this point it is clear I am interested in involving myself in discussions of this subject, hehe. But....I don't particularly want to get
involved in a fruitless firefight. The OP content and topic, as well as some subsequent posts, seemed deliberately inflammatory to me, as though the
intent was to lure Americans to respond in the thread so they could be further denigrated. But this could be a result of my own bias and/or
expectations from experiences elsewhere, so I ask: Can we discuss this with at least a minimum of modern norms of social politeness? Or should I
move on before I get burned?
....wow, this was way longer than I had initially expected. Too late and too tired to proof for error; my apologies.