Monday, June 19, 2006
The "Hating" Of America
Why do you think some people "hate" America? Could it be because our form of government allows its people to speak freely about any subject or issue without fear of political censorship? Because we are free to criticize and protest our government leaders without fear of suppression? Is it because we are free to openly worship any religion we choose or to choose to not worship at all? Are we hated because, compared to many other nations, our relative wealth and standard of living is considered by many to be the best on the planet? Or are we "hated" because others are both envious and jealous of a combination of all the above mentioned items?
What I'm writing here is a compilation of conversations I've had with friends over several months. One of the ideas to come out of those conversations is how many people root for the best individuals to fail. It's somewhat like the old Hollywood adage of, "it's not enough for me to win, others must fail."
We know that a large portion of people frequently cheer for the number one ranked sports team or individual to lose. We see and hear people express their satisfaction when a Tiger Woods, a Jeff Gordon, or a Michael Jordan lose. We see and hear people express their satisfaction when the number one ranked sports franchise is delivered a loss by the underdog team. Is this all that different when we hear that some people "hate" America?
What motivates those who "hate" America? Their hatred may be fueled by envy, jealousy, resentment or simply political hatred. Their hate is no different than the schadenfreude that some people manifest in their desires to see a Bill Gates, a Donald Trump or a Britney Spears succumb to failure.
Rather than hating a successful prototype, why not work to emulate that successful model? Or would doing so compromise the rhetoric of those who prefer the "hatred" mode?
Democracy (actually, the U.S. is a Representative Republic), freedom and capitalism works everywhere and every single time it is given the opportunity to work. The same cannot be said for Socialism, Communism, Monarchism, collectivism or any other form of institutionalized government.
The Founding Fathers of the United States were incredibly intelligent individuals. We have not seen the likes of them - in any political party - since their passing. Not only did they recognize that the freedoms they endowed to us would be envied by others, they also recognized that without these freedoms the country they were giving birth to would become nothing more than what it was from which they were escaping.
A problem with the American ideal of success is that along with it comes a right to act like a complete ass to whoever you want.
I'm not a fan of Britney Spears music or whatever else she does. But I did catch some of her being interviewed by Matt Lauer last week. Here she is, at 20-something, has amassed a fortune and, whether someone likes her music or not, does in fact have a god-given talent in her voice. And now, the press is just waiting to see her stumble and fall. Why? They either hate her, are envious, jealous, or a combo of those things.
I agree, there's plenty of people who are successful who've managed to not become an ass: Bill Gates, Jerry Seinfeld, and a number of sports figures who are well known and wealthy beyond their imaginations, who have remained humble and not become an ass.
America, as a country has not become an ass. I think those that "hate us" hate us because they don't have the opportunities that we do, the type of government that we do, or the freedoms that we do.
Thanks for commenting and visiting, Lucky, and as always, thank you Sir fo your service to our country.
I worry that if we don't do something about them-the haters, the terrorists- that, as you allude to, we won't be around much longer to do anything about it.
Thanks for the insightful comments and visiting, as always.
If you hate us than stop begging for money when you have an earthquake or tidal wave. You hate us than stop asking for assistance against this or that enemy. You hate us than stop asking for most favored nation trading status.
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