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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    I would like to know why people think America is arrogant, specifically.

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    The hardest thing for a fish to see is the water.

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by MKULTRABOY View Post
    The hardest thing for a fish to see is the water.
    Thank goodness I am no fish.

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I would like to know why people think America is arrogant, specifically.
    See below:

    Quote Originally Posted by Platypus View Post
    Imperialism. Materialism. None more satisfied by waving it's dong in the face of the world, blissfully unaware of just how bad the world thinks it's dong smells.
    Quote Originally Posted by Camlon View Post
    US foreign policy has been quite arrogant.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Of course we're arrogant - you have to be arrogant to be the best.
    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    We try to peddle Corporatism all over the world and get away with calling it "liberty, democracy or freedom," but we're spreadin' dat OILY bidness. Is that arrogance? Yassuh, because we do it with guns. It makes us a good living.
    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    The country's politics and diplomacy? Yes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    We have been the world's superpower for quite some time, and haven't been shy about projecting that power, certainly. There is an ingrained arrogance to such that comes almost by default -- it is a product of the position held as much as anything.
    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    American exceptionalism is not something I've ever understood. The Romans, the British Empire, the German Third Reich, the Chinese, many empires and great nations rose and fell in part due to their arrogance
    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    As a country we lack moderation and are extremely self-absorbed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    The United States has several bad habits, among them being, we encourage greed as a valid principle to order your life (rather than as an accessory to a spiritually ordered life that seeks to compress the numbers of its possessions to the fewest possible, while finding no less pleasure in these than it would in the acquisition of many others), the second being that we assert fame, for its own sake, as an ideal, to the expense of moderation and virtue, and thirdly, we deny our faults exist (both personally and as a nation) and don't take any responsibility for improving upon them.
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    - SOUTH DAKOTA 1890 Troops 300 Lakota Indians massacred at Wounded Knee.
    - HAWAII 1893 Naval, troops Independent kingdom overthrown, annexed.
    - CHICAGO 1894 Troops Breaking of rail strike, 34 killed
    - PHILIPPINES 1898-1910 Naval, troops Seized from Spain, killed 600,000 Filipinos
    - PUERTO RICO 1898 Naval, troops Seized from Spain, occupation continues
    - GUAM 1898 Naval, troops Seized from Spain, still use as base.
    - PANAMA 1901-14 Naval, troops Broke off from Colombia 1903, annexed Canal Zone 1914.
    - PANAMA 1912 Troops Marines land during heated election.
    - WEST VIRGINIA 1920-21 Troops, bombing Army intervenes against mineworkers.
    - DETROIT 1943 Troops Army put down Black rebellion.
    - IRAN 1953 Command Operation CIA overthrows democracy, installs Shah.
    - IRAQ 1963 Command operation CIA organizes coup that killed president, brings Ba'ath Party to power, and Saddam Hussein back from exile to be head of the secret service.
    - INDONESIA 1965 Command operation Million killed in CIA-assisted army coup.
    - IRAQ 1990-91 Bombing, troops, naval Blockade of Iraqi and Jordanian ports, air strikes; 200,000+ killed in invasion of Iraq and Kuwait; large-scale destruction of Iraqi military
    - YEMEN 2009 Missiles, command operation Cruise missile attack on Al Qaeda kills 49 civilians; Yemeni military assaults on rebels
    - LIBYA 2011 Bombing, missiles, command operation NATO coordinates air strikes and missile attacks against Qaddafi government during uprising by rebel army.

    USA attacked Iraq at 1963.
    USA attacked Iraq at 1990. (older Bush)
    USA attacked Iraq at 1998.
    USA attacked Iraq at 2003. (elder Bush)

    USA attacked Libya at 1986. (Ronald Reagan)
    USA attacked Libya at 2011. (Barac Obama)
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I would like to know why people think America is arrogant, specifically.
    Last time I answered this I got accused of being a whiner and dis-satisfied with America, but I'll play along one more time. So to preamble, not all Americans are arrogant, and many are properly proud, but a lot of Americans are still arrogant.

    Pre-preamble: I'll probably have both sides of politics disliking some of my comments, but oh what the hell...

    While in Cancun, Mexico, I sat next to a fellow American on the bus (the only available seat). He asked how I was enjoying my stay and I told hims I was having a terrific time. He complained that he hated it there. I was flabbergasted but still asked what was the problem. He complained that the Mexicans in Cancun didn't speak English well enough! Why should they? It's NOT America, asshole! Expecting people in other countries to speak perfect English is stupid. This is American Arrogance.

    While in Panama, I witnessed an American couple (I know because I spoke them and they told me) who were buying water from a native Panamanian. The Americans complained about the price of the water saying, "It's not like they need the money." Idiot! It's not only Americans who live in Capitalism where money is an important concern. Most other countries do too. This is American Arrogance.

    Also while in Panama, the people I stayed with were, ostensibly intelligent, and running a web-development business. They lived like kings because they made an American salary while paying the living costs of Panama. So they employed several Panamanians for odd jobs. They constantly complained about how stupid all Panamanians were. Eventually they found out that all their "employees" were fleecing them out of their money. They didn't see it coming because they didn't think Panamanians could be as smart as themselves. This is American Arrogance.

    When people protest Starbucks because they employed South Americans in a factory and then later closed it, supposedly leaving the workers destitute and unable to work. I ask "why can't they go back to farming or whatever they did before?" The answer is:..."they forgot how to farm." Really? In a few short years they forget what humanity has done for thousands of years? You really have to believe someone is incredibly stupid to buy into that. This is American Arrogance.

    When civic activists presume that all homeless people are only there because they don't know enough to wash themselves and have no clue how to ask for a job, I am amazed. How stupid do you have to be to believe that? A large percentage of the "serial homeless" are that way out of choice. They'll happily take the money of the civic-minded naive, but that money won't change a damned thing. Thinking otherwise is believing the homeless have less common sense than a Daisy. This is American Arrogance.

    If you want good quality, buy American. This is the classic nonsense, and it still exists today. Here in West Texas, people still believe in buying American cars and trucks because those "damned rice burners aren't made for sh*t." Guess what boys, most of the parts and sub-systems of American Ford, Chevy, and Dodge trucks are made outside the country. When you buy American, you still buy foreign. Believing quality only comes from America is foolish. This is American Arrogance.

    My own Arrogance emerged. When I moved from cosmopolitan San Francisco to West Texas, I thought I was moving from civilization to a barbaric, racist, uneducated backwater. Turns out I see almost no racism here. Texans are a little nervous to try foreign foods but they still have the balls to try it anyway. And in this oil town you gotta be a pretty smart technician, because if you aren't, the oil rigs will flat out kill you. Arrogant me. It isn't unusual for Northerners to think Southerners are uneducated okies. It isn't unusual for Southerners to think Northerners have no common sense. They're both wrong in a lot of ways. This is American Arrogance.

    I could go on with examples for DAYS.
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Awesome! View Post
    Actually yes, I don't think we can leave the euro's to manage their own affairs. We need to "still" be there to project our strength against Russia and new enemies, like Iran and countries that harbor terrorist organizations. Or maybe we could just tell our enemies were sorry for being arrogant and go home?

    the bases in Europe have no impact on how Europe conduct their affairs.... The only reason why the states are still in europe is easy access to the middle east and Russia and where the US can not have bases they help fund British bases in places like Cyprus so they can obtain intelligence.

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Awesome! View Post
    Actually yes, I don't think we can leave the euro's to manage their own affairs. We need to "still" be there to project our strength against Russia and new enemies, like Iran and countries that harbor terrorist organizations. Or maybe we could just tell our enemies were sorry for being arrogant and go home?
    an arrogant sentence. Didn't you found it so?

    "I don't think we can leave the euro's to manage their own affairs"
    "We need to "still" be there to project our strength against" - why you think you own this world and everyone?

    Next president will attack Iran, ye we know this story. But when you ppl will remove the terrorism from your mentality.

    Word "terrorism" is implemented in such a way into your mentality that you forgot the real definition of "terrorism".

    (this wasn't directed to you personaly but to US's mentality that politicians shows against muslim world, Africa, Russia, Cuba etc etc)

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    perhaps many of you are basing your opinion on the few US americans who could afford to go abroad. tourists in fact.. which i assure you is not representative of the rest of us.
    Ive met quite a few in my travels to and from foreign lands that i felt were were jerks(of many nationalities), but i knew that not all their countrymen were as insolent and outright rude as they were. particularly when they found out i was a US american.

    all i can say is, dont judge me from afar til you walk a mile in my discount steel toed working shoes.. there already enough distain to go around from the "haves" in my world.
    I am a most gracious visitor in the lands ive travelled. I believe "when one is in rome.."

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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by WhyteRash View Post
    perhaps many of you are basing your opinion on the few US americans who could afford to go abroad. tourists in fact.. which i assure you is not representative of the rest of us.
    Ive met quite a few in my travels to and from foreign lands that i felt were were jerks(of many nationalities), but i knew that not all their countrymen were as insolent and outright rude as they were. particularly when they found out i was a US american.

    all i can say is, dont judge me from afar til you walk a mile in my discount steel toed working shoes.. there already enough distain to go around from the "haves" in my world.
    I am a most gracious visitor in the lands ive travelled. I believe "when one is in rome.."
    It's very cool to hear you're a gracious visitor, Whyte. When I go abroad I'm thrilled to be able to see other countries and meet the people who live there. I treat the people I meet with kindness and respect. When people overseas realize that I am not "just another ugly American" they in turn treat me very well. My experiences have been wonderful.
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    Re: Is America arrogant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coin View Post
    an arrogant sentence. Didn't you found it so?

    "I don't think we can leave the euro's to manage their own affairs"
    "We need to "still" be there to project our strength against" - why you think you own this world and everyone?

    Next president will attack Iran, ye we know this story. But when you ppl will remove the terrorism from your mentality.

    Word "terrorism" is implemented in such a way into your mentality that you forgot the real definition of "terrorism".

    (this wasn't directed to you personaly but to US's mentality that politicians shows against muslim world, Africa, Russia, Cuba etc etc)
    I don't think it was an arrogant sentence, but more of a realistic position based on the history of US intervention in Europe and reaction to Soviet aggression.

    I don't think the US feels that we own this world and everyone. We are just protecting our interests, just like any country would especially after the two great conflicts: WW1 and WW2. Rise of Communism etc.

    That isn't arrogant that is just being realistic...
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