There is a strain of America that seems to be very benighted, and of another eon. I think that this is the group that fosters so much of the animus, that is felt towards America around the world. There is a group in the middle that I think can be worked with, and I think in polling sadly liberals only come out to about 15-20% (and we do have to wonder how progressive that these folks actually are). Also, I do not think that Canada and Western Europe have the far right Christians — existing in such numbers — and holding such sway in their politics. In fact, I think that religion has been prognosticated to be dead in large swaths of Western Europe, as well as the icy north. Religion still polls quite strongly here in the US; however, though the religious seem to pick rather openly and arbitrarily, from their chosen body of faith.
I personally do not believe that this backward strand of America, is what America is all about. They don’t believe in liberty, they believe in strict authority/hierarchy, they don’t believe in egalitarianism, they believe in plutocracy, they don’t believe in a representative democratic republic, they believe in a clique of the uber rich — and probably some religious — running society; and lastly, they believe in the Christian equivalent of sharia law being forced upon most women. If this strain of America is who the rest of the world thinks that America is, in my opinion, they are simply wrong. Though, they may, in fact, appear to be the loud majority, and; as aforementioned, they hold a lot of sway in American politics.
The group in the middle of America either takes the Reich too lightly, or they don’t fully understand the implications of their agenda (and its potential success). Moreover, a lot of these folks, are beguiled by all of the escapism that exists in America. And, in fact, they may also be deceived or diverted, and feel that an ideology, such as fascism, is a musty and outdated anachronism — that can no longer rise.
I must admit that I haven’t traveled that widely myself, but I personally try to think of humanity as humanity, and not divided up into artificial and disparate nations and states. The evils that come from benighted, insular, Christian Reconstructionist America, probably have existed in all of the societies of the world. That they exist in the world’s greatest — and perhaps most active — military power brings them a lot of conspicuous recognition and renown.
According to Noam Chomsky — the noted MIT professor — in America, say, for example, that the professor will talk quite openly and equitably with the mechanic. Whereas even in some far more egalitarian, and advanced social welfare countries, there may exist much greater animus between those of different economic or educational levels, and/or social groups. Also freedom of speech, is not codified in the Constitution of many nations. Though, at least since 9/11, it seems to be have become perpetually under attack here in the United States. But still, nevertheless, there is some good in America, which some may refer to as the “belly of the beast”.
My biggest concern as an American is if karma will come back to get us, and bite us in the end. Especially, considering all of the innocents and children, that we have killed in our reckless foreign imperialism and senseless wars. I think it is a minority that controls our foreign policy, and makes parts of it essentially unreformable (and set in stone), and many of the “common people” are not very sophisticated about that.
If there is any reason to hate Americans, it is that too many have too little knowledge about our place in foreign affairs, in some sense they are not culpable, though, because the mainstream media reinforces this insularity, and often gives us only one simple side of the tale. Pax Americana is always positioned — as an innocent — and in a saintly, beatific and illuminated light. And moreover, the carnage and casualties of war are no longer allowed to be seen on the American TV screen. I don’t know when or why this changed exactly — other than that, of course, it benefits those, who are at the elite levels of the military-industrial complex and the ruling class.
In summation, it seems to me that history — for some great while now — has been about the people of European ancestry and descent exploiting, and/or dominating over the people of the Global South. And I see that, as a trend, that is continuing up until the present day. And in this conflict although the United States might be the global hegemon — and the one that is leading up this disreputable practice — certainly many of the other NATO nations, are right there along with us, helping us, in this dubious and inauspicious fight.