Joy - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 115 moms have responded )
Ok I just want to say this and get it out there because it's something that's been bugging me. It sorta came up a little bit earlier on another thread. This America bashing crap has GOT to stop. I have had my moments where I have been "not so proud" of my fellow American citizens. So don't get me wrong, I'm not about to go all red, white and blue patriotic to the bone on you. But I AM proud to be an American. I understand that there are other countries in the world who have stereotypes attached to them. But as an intelligent human being, I also know that all Canadians don't live in igloos, all Australians don't have kangaroos for pets and all Brits don't have tea and crumpets every afternoon. I'm not stupid. I'm not any of those things you see on the news. I'd venture to say that the MAJORITY of Americans are NOTHING like what the rest of the world sees on the news. News sells. Sensationalist stories sell. From time to time, I'm sure there are threads bashing Canada or France or Germany or Japan (just using them as random examples). But NO OTHER COUNTRY is as bashed, ripped to shreds, made fun of, insulted and in general...disrespected as the United States is. And I for one am sick to death of it. It's the reason I have stayed away from political conversations lately and it's the reason why I will probably continue to stay away from them. Because no matter what, it ALMOST ALWAYS leads back to saying something negative about the country that I am proud to call home. And just to clarify, this is just me needing to get something off my back. If your country was as disrespected as constantly as mine is, you might have your nose out of joint too.