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Thread: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    I think that the problem stems from the fact that most people who do engage in this kind of behavior often confuse patriotism with blind nationalism. A person who is patriotic loves their country, but can still find faults or room for improvement. Because of their love for their country they strive to try and make their country more ideal in their eyes. A nationalist will have blind devotion to their country and take any criticism, even if it is from someone who is patriotic, as traitorous or treasonous. It's really quite sad because since 9/11 those lines between patriotism and nationalism have kind of gotten blurred.

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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Americans don't like to hear negative spin about America.
    the Bush Government has caused us to be disliked by our allies and hated by those who do not know us.

    I don't think that all realities about America are negative.


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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by jallman View Post
    I guess you find it hard to comprehend, then, because that is not at all what I said.
    Ohh, I guess your choice of words was so poor, that it was easy to just overlook what you wrote and assume what I wrote as an answer, since its so much closer to reality.
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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by scourge99 View Post
    Are you under the impression the inflammatory language was accidental? That the purpose of this thread is for meaningful discussion?
    Of course it is for meaningful debate.. There you go again and assume the worse.
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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Take a look around and tell me how many threads you see started by American posters complaining about something they find their government is doing wrong regardless of political affiliation. I don't think I know a SINGLE American poster on this forum who hasn't bitched within the last week about something they find negative about America, it's government or the people in the government. Now tell me that we're allergic to the 'realities' about America.
    I am clearly aware of that, but I was talking about "outside criticism", like you Americans constantly bash anything that isn't complete democracy and capitalism as something bad, obviously overlooking the flaws of those models itself.
    Especially socialism gets a lot of Americans to bash on it, and communism.. Socialism is fantastic, communism has many positive traits that Americans could learn from..

    But when you get criticized like this you always draw the "anti-American" card..
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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    But when you get criticized like this you always draw the "anti-American" card..
    Have you noticed how there are plenty of foreigners on this forum who criticize the United States, yet don't evoke the same reaction that you do? Perhaps this has more to do with the fact that you're an obnoxious douchebag, rather than the substance of your criticism.
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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Americans don't like it when they get generalized in a way that makes us seem like automotons. We have a diversity of opinions not represented by our governemnt, and most Americans are truly bothered by that.

    We are not "allergic" to criticism, we are "allergic" to overgeneralizations about us as though we a simply a cut and paste society with no diversity.

    Much like many people in the various European nations are bothered by the broad overgeneralizations of Europeans that some Americans make.

    Nobody likes to be pigeonholed by a person who is biased against their nation. If I were to say "Europeans are wishy-washy elitists who love to bend over and inhale deeply of the pungent aroma of their own flatulence while maturbating vigorously to their own sense of self-worth" I would be completely wrong.

    That is only the stereotype, and although it is often true that there is a small portion of the population that embodies a stereotype, it is usually not the majority, just a small portion.
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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus Zeebra View Post
    Ohh, I guess your choice of words was so poor, that it was easy to just overlook what you wrote and assume what I wrote as an answer, since its so much closer to reality.
    I guess. If your goal is to totally disregard what was actually said and just troll, then sure.

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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Have you noticed how there are plenty of foreigners on this forum who criticize the United States, yet don't evoke the same reaction that you do? Perhaps this has more to do with the fact that you're an obnoxious douchebag, rather than the substance of your criticism.
    Exactly. Red Dave, Garza UK, PeteEU, and bub all come to mind. That generally post some of the same things you do. The difference is they have a basic understanding of politics, economics, government, media, and international relations. You do not.
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    Re: Are Americans "allergic" to realities about America which are negative?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightOfCenter View Post
    Exactly. Red Dave, Garza UK, PeteEU, and bub all come to mind. That generally post some of the same things you do. The difference is they have a basic understanding of politics, economics, government, media, and international relations. You do not.
    Red Dave, Bub, and Garza I can see.


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