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  • No, not at all

    10 8.33%
  • May be a little

    13 10.83%
  • Yes, it is

    55 45.83%
  • Oh, very arrogant

    26 21.67%
  • I can't decide

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    America does not have the ability to be arrogant, it is not a person.
    Anthropomorphism fail.
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Several decades ago one great man (Mr. M.L. King) spoke about America's arrogance. What do you think, is America arrogant today or cured itself out of this disorder?
    Thanks for not including the context in which King spoke. That way all the hacks can come in here and play guessing games about it. Did you even put more than 30 seconds worth of thought into this poll?
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Culturally, we tend to have no shame in taking full individual credit for things we do not have full control over (such as the prevailing attitude of "I work hard so I earned/deserve ..."). Alternatively, we also have a habit of glossing over our cultural mistakes by saying things like "well I wasn't individually involved in event x". This attitude does tend to breed arrogance that is not entirely deserved.

    However, this attitude is useful as well, if we have a strong locus of control, then we will always attempt to shape events in our favor, even when it is serendipity, rather than our effort that may cause something to go in our favor, we can modify outcomes to our favor even if we achieve some % of modification rather than the full 100% we think we do. So it helps in terms of those outcomes.

    This attitude is detrimental, because, we tend to gloss over the effect of community, culture, economics, and other social systems that do have an effect on us and should have their own focus beyond the individual doing the best they can. (Any good manager will expect their employees to do well, but also make sure they have the tools to do well too. Culturally, we tend not to focus on how good those tools are).

    So, its a mixed bag.

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Of course we're arrogant - you have to be arrogant to be the best. Being the world's leader is a tough job but, man, someone's gotta do it and what better country to do it than the USA - we're just that awesome.

    Our awesomeness knows no bounds.

    Even our liberals in California can't deny that our awesomeness knows no bounds
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Of course we're arrogant - you have to be arrogant to be the best. Being the world's leader is a tough job but, man, someone's gotta do it and what better country to do it than the USA - we're just that awesome.

    Our awesomeness knows no bounds.

    Even our liberals in California can't deny that our awesomeness knows no bounds
    True but I'm definitely more awesome and that's not arrogant, just the truth.
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    True but I'm definitely more awesome and that's not arrogant, just the truth.
    It just comes across as arrogance, I know - but in reality it's just us being superior in all ways. Players gonna hate - they hate us for our brilliance for we shine like a diamond in a cave of ice and fire.
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaaaman View Post
    Yes, we are one mean country. G.D. America for coming to the aide of Nations all over the world. G.D. America for fighting along side of our allies in WW2 to defeat an evil empire. G.D. America for coming to the aide of destitute countries in their times of disaster and epidemics. Yes, we are one mean country. Riiight.
    It's funny how we cling to America's WWII glory days like a middle aged man clings to his high school quarterback days.
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    I think some Americans are arrogant. Like anything else though, I try not to stereotype. I'm sure some Canadians are arrogant too.

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    You do realize their are many other countries in South, Central, and North America don't you?

    Saying Americans could refer to Canadians and, while they may be arrogant, they certainly have no reason to be.

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    Well, the problem is linguistic if nothing else. We can't call ourselves Canadians or Mexicans as those name are already taken. I suppose we could call ourselves United Statesians or United Statesers.










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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    "America" is not a monolithic entity.

    Certainly, many individual Americans can be arrogant when it comes to the issue of exceptionalism and comparing ourselves to other countries.

    And our government at times has engaged in destructive/counterproductive foreign policy due to an inordinate degree of hubris.

    Don't really think there's a simple answer to this question.

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