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If, America is powerless then why do Americans offend you?

If, America is powerless then why do Americans offend you?

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This most recent display of anti-American anger reminded me that there are many people in the world who hate America. They don’t just hate America; they hate anything and everything having to do with us. So much so that some would be willing to blow themselves up if they were given the chance to take a few of us with them. If that isn’t hate, I don’t really know what is.

The haters disagree with our culture and believe that we’re avaricious little brats who are completely undeserving of possessing the world’s most powerful country.

Naturally, the amount of animosity felt towards the U.S. ranges from simple dislike (as can be found in France), to the more intense and deep-seated loathing (such as in the Middle East). But why do they hate us so much?

Our Culture

American culture why people hate America This reason mainly applies to the Middle East, but there are other areas of the world that can’t stand American culture.

They hate that we’re free to practice any religion (or not at all), they hate that we have the freedom of speech and they hate that we treat women and men equally.

They don’t like that we’re the world’s number one leader in entertainment and they can’t stand that we have so much pride for our country. Actually, I’m not really sure of anything that they like about our culture. If you know of something, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below.

They’re Jealous

people are jealous of America know this reason sounds like I’m just tooting my own American horn here, but let’s be honest; America is an amazing country and is the world’s most desired place to live.

This outstanding awesomeness is naturally going to cause people, who don’t live in America, to be jealous and this jealousy is a major cause for all the hatred.

You won’t find people admitting this and I’m sure there are many other excuses one could use for hating America, but when you’re on top you’re going to have a lot of people hating you from the below. This doesn’t mean other countries aren’t awesome in their own right, it just means that people are naturally going to be jealous.

Unfortunately for the haters, and whether they like it or not, neither America nor its citizens plan on going anywhere anytime soon, so it would really be in their best interest to learn how to love us. Now isn’t that a comical idea? The chances of that ever coming close to fruition is about as likely as North Korea opening up its borders and no longer keeping its citizens hostage. What can you do? Haters gonna hate

Unjustified hatred

There is much unjustified hatred in the world. There is unjustified hatred of the USA. Much of this arises from the victimisation complex that sweeps much of mankind. Whoever is in charge, whoever is powerful or successful will also be hated. This immature hatred often evaporates quickly with a little reason or thought. The second section of this essay lists some invalid, unjustified criticisms. The most widespread hate is the hate by people the world over who fall victim to their own shortcomings, and want a scapegoat.

When people are willing to kill themselves for a cause it is not due to a whim or immature persecution complex. People willing to go this far… and to maintain that mentality for periods of time to organize an attack and carry it out have got more of a grudge than a mere jealousy or shallow hatred of success. I will dismiss several “unjustified” causes of hate in the second section of this essay. This essay is not geared to these shallow reasons.

Intellectual hatred

The most prevalent form in Western nations of anti American feelings is due to intellectualized reasons. In short this amounts to opinions on America, its actions. Intellectual hatred is based on principles, morals, and historical hatred based on past conflicts and actions of the USA

Why American hate America: A look at what used to be taught in public schools before the advent of multiculturalism offers a lesson in what we have lost.

In 1923, the superintendent of Public Instruction in Lancaster, Ohio, J.J. Phillips, created a series of booklets for elementary school students called “Selections for Memorizing.” They included many verses from the Bible that would be banned today. They also included passages about respecting and loving parents and love of country.

Beginning in first grade, children were exposed to sentiments like these: “I give my hand and my heart to my country. One country, one language, one flag.”

In an entry by Daniel Webster called “Duty of American Citizens” there is this: “This lovely land, this glorious liberty, these benign institutions, the dear purchase of our fathers are ours; ours to enjoy, ours to preserve, ours to transmit. Generations past and generations to come, hold us responsible for this sacred trust. Our fathers from behind admonish us with their anxious, paternal voices; posterity calls out to us from the bosom of the future; the world turns hither with its solicitous eyes all, all conjure us to act wisely and faithfully in the relation which we sustain.”

Webster concludes: “But what are lands, and seas, and skies to civilized man, without society, without knowledge, without morals, without religious culture? And how can these be enjoyed in all their extent, and all their excellence, but under the protection of wise institutions and a free government?”

Who decided these virtues were outdated and no longer worth teaching to new generations, especially “millennials,” who seem so cynical about them?

Even conservatives, who still cling to those values in theory, are doing less in practice to affirm them. Too many have their children in public schools that challenge their beliefs. Too many conservative families are breaking up, instilling conditional love in their children.

As Peter Beinart wrote in last February’s National Journal, “The very attributes conservatives say make America special — religiosity, patriotism, and mobility — are ones they’ve inadvertently undermined. Is it any wonder millennials are less impressed with their country?”

In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote: “Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”

If we could question those Americans who have gone to fight with jihadists, it would be interesting to see what they were taught in school and how they came to hate America so much. Meanwhile, we had better get back to teaching the current and future generations what we used to teach, or risk losing not only them, but the entire nation.

“Selections for Memorizing” might be a good place to start.

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