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I would like to apologize on behalf of McCutcheon (and all other pompous Americans)...

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Submitted by Jesse Nichols (United States), Oct 1, 2008 at 13:52

I am an American. I would first like to say that McCutcheon comes off as a very intelligent, educated person with an extensive knowledge of history. By the same token, he also comes off as ...and it is people like this that create such feeling of resentment and hostility towards Americans.

As to us being the "greatest" country... as has been stated previously, "greatest" is a subjective, relative term. The greatest country is where ever you love to live. I love living in America. My allegiances are here. That does not mean that Russia, France, Germany, Japan, or Great Britain are any less "great."

America has been a very prosperous nation over time but that does not mean we are the greatest. Our people enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. However, that makes many of us unappreciative, snobby, arrogant, and fat. So how great is our standard of living?

I love my country, but as to the nutrition or lack thereof that we must endure to live in this land, I must agree with our Australian friend, Crabby McCrabb. Our food is nearly all processed. We are constantly ingesting preservatives and that is very unhealthy. Every American is not like this. I ingest a very healthy diet as my job requires that I be in top physical condition. It does not help, though that our American consumerism has allowed placement of a McDonald's on every street corner.

We are most definately one of the most wasteful countries on the planet. We use gasoline and other oil products as if they are a never-depleting resource. Every American does not drive huge tanks though. It personally disgusts me everytime I see a hummer on the road. I'd love to take the gasoline out of his guzzling tank, pour it on top, and light it on fire. =)

I love the country I live in because of the vast freedoms that it offers and it is the only place that I truly know. It would be pompous and ignorant of me to "trash talk" another country without a proper knowledge of its people and lifestyles. I do hope that you will read this, however and realize that there are indeed some intelligent Americans out there and that we are not all loud talking, flag waving, "We are the greatest" jackasses. The problem with sites such as this is that it often attracts belligerent argumentative people who are looking for the rush of "trash talking" others. Please disregard all of the bastardly claims of those that you know to be imbeciles and don't blame all of us for the ignorance of the few (or many as it may be). Get to know people on an individual basis and give us all the chance to prove that some of us are great people with the interests of the good of all man kind at heart.

Peace to all

Jesse Nichols (American)

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