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[–] Chinchurro 1 points 36 points (+37|-1) ago 

As someone from Europe, Americans view of their country always surprised me. Its like they are unable to handle any criticism, even positive criticism. Because ''America is the best country in the world!'' .

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[–] animem 3 points 6 points (+9|-3) ago 

It is not really that we can't handle criticism, but when you have people calling the U.S. evil and its people stupid daily and you live there, well you get a little defensive.

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[–] SomeoneNorwegian 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

It's understandable to be defensive. And it is not constructive calling Americans names such as evil and stupid. I know it must be frustrating living in a place where you see that there's something wrong, but you can't do anything about it, because everybody seems content with it, or won't do anything about it because it requires change of some sort.

The reason why you get so much ridicule from the rest of the world sometimes is because the US has always been like this big brother of ours, this person we've looked up to - and now that we've grown, we can see that you're as flawed as we are. It's like growing up to see that your parents really are just humans after all.

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[–] Weasel_sniffer_69 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The British feel the same way when we get told that if it wasn't for America we would be talking German.

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[–] Pryce604 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Remember when 9/11 happened if you disagreed with the war in iraq and on terrorism you were anti-american? At least that's how everyone made me feel.

I'm American and I disagree, most Americans can't handle criticism. We slowly adapt to ever growing disparity and stay ignorant to the war for profit corporate oligarchy that the US has become. I think some people are ridiculous to pay ZERO attention to these things and just sit around watching the kardashians, only to take no knowledge in the countries state of affairs. Equality. Peace. Love. Community. Positive culture. Financial security. Human rights. These are the things America needs. That's my critique to the country that I love, and that I hope improves.

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[–] Chinchurro 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Never heard anyone explain it, it makes allot of sense. Thank you :)

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[–] Porphyrogennetos 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You don't think there are smug Europeans that believe they are superior than Americans for various reasons?

There are.

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[–] Chinchurro 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I am not talking about smugness, you can be smug and think you are better but still acknowledge you have flaws. But complete denial of any criticism, to the point of becoming angry at the sheer mention of them. Every country needs to grow, you cant grow if you plug in your ears and start chanting how you are the best in every aspect. I don't see how accepting your country's has flaws is disrespectful, if anything pretending your country is something its not seems disrespectful to me.

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[–] Elemental_Lightning 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'm just sitting here waiting for it to start burning, point of no return. I will be happy, maybe my fellow Americans will finally wake up

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[–] Son_Of_Hate 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'd like to join the revolution, but I just got netflix, sooo......

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[–] BeARdBARIAN 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

There is no "best" country, just least shittiest ones. I enjoy hearing the criticism and I think people need to listen to it, otherwise nothing chances.

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[–] Chinchurro 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I could not agree more. When people call you evil/stupid its out of anger. If someone went trough the trouble to research and share fact based criticism, its out of compassion. There should be no shame in listening to positive criticism, its not an attack, its not smugness, your not being disrespectful to your country by acknowledging the flaws.