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Self Hate

Reader comment on item: Hating America's Success

Submitted by Margaret Dodderer (United States), Oct 12, 2004 at 11:04

I've always thought that the attitude of other countries toward us was odd given the fact that we are made up of their people. But I suppose that the kind of person who is willing to relocate from his or her birth land and start over in a new country and learn a new language attracts a certain personality.

In the other countries' eyes, we're rubes because we are not, for the most part, bilingual. We tend to be straight forward and blunt (Bush is considered an intellectual lightweight because of this trait). We're just not nuanced enough. Poor us. How did we ever manage to be the most successful country in history? Dumb luck I suppose.

Oh well, the idea that this drives the French nuts makes me positively giddy.

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