Bearded Dancing King
- Nov 17, 2008
America isn't the democracy it claims to be.
Exactly... part of the pretense. And following out of that - doesn't it then fall to us, we the citizens, to reform our government and create a better democracy? I mean, we (the citizens) certainly can't get rid of the pretense and present ourselves honestly, because we don't have the power. The "image" of the US is controlled, as you say, by "those who run the major corporations," who just happen to be bedfellows with those who run our government.
This is teetering on the brink of a conversation about mass media that I'm not really ready to get into right now...
I think I could create a better strategy for a more worthwhile goal.
I'm sure you could! (What's the goal?)
... We are not all bad, and we should not consent to be lumped together with the worst of our countrymen, especially by those who may embrace a hatred of America and Americans which is based on only a partial understanding of how this country came into being, and how incredibly diverse the population is.
ZC, I totally agree with you, on all that (even the part I didn't quote). And I don't really feel bad personally.
In my travels outside of the US, on more than one occasion I have met people and had great conversations and experiences with them, and only after we've bonded does it come up that I'm American. For some reason or other they don't pick up on the American accent, and think I'm either from the UK or Australia, and they are shocked to find out I'm American.
I love being that emissary, dispelling stereotypes. But I still feel embarrassed by the actions of the "worst of our countrymen," in the way you feel embarrassed when you're in a group of people and someone puts their foot in their mouth. You didn't say it, yet you still feel a little awkward. Especially if you are associated in some way with the person who put their foot in their mouth.