The attitude that I read over and over and over here is the personification of the UGLY AMERICAN. The idea that I can do any damn thing I want to do because I simply can and get away with it. Its legal here so i will do it. And damn the consequences and damn anybody who gets in the way and damn anybody who does not like it.
I would have hoped that Viet Nam cured all that sort of jingoistic hubris - and perhaps it did - for those who were alive and learned. Apparently some have to learn not to stick wires in electric sockets for themselves.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I'll take Ugly American over Ugly Muslim every day, twice on Sundays. You know, the sort we're seeing now. That believes ANY level of violence is not only justified, but required because some fellow who doesn't believe in their religion said bad things about it in a movie or book.