Barb - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )
This is a beautifully internationally blended forum with intelligent people from all walks of life. We have ladies from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and the United States. But something that has just really been bothering me lately, and i don't know, maybe i'm just letting it bother me too much but i can't seem to shake it off for some reason.
What is bothering me is calling the U.S. "America" Just, "America" "this is America!" we are "Americans" or "you Americans.." and having it refer to just the people that are in the 50 United States. Last time i looked there was South America, Central America and North America. So when someone says "America" which one are they really referring to and is that just lumping Canada in as well? or lumping the U.S. in with Canada? I guess maybe i'd be more for it if we had their healthcare system. LOL Don't get me wrong, i love Canada, i'd move there if it wasn't a frozen ass tundra half the time. I mean hell, it has great fishing and free health care, what more could a woman want?
Maybe what is bothering me the most is people capitalizing on the name "American" without being accepting of the rest of Americans. Saying stuff like; "we have to maintain tighter boarders and keep America for Americans!" When they're also Americans because they're from Central America! And of course you never see this discussion in keeping Canadians out, although i wonder if Canadians have it to keep the U.S citizens out :) LOL
So i guess that is my rant. U.S. citizens don't monopolize the term "Americans"