The Conservative Republicans won big last week, and the world isn’t very happy with us.
Take the beginning of ABC News London based reporter Mary Plummer’s article, who writes that “President Obama’s 2008 election garnered wildly enthusiastic support in Europe, where he drew huge crowds and, for many here, represented hope of guiding world politics back in line with European ideals.”
This is one of those times that I wish I could include sound effects to my articles. If I could, I would’ve included the sound of a car screeching to a halt at the end of that quote.
Excuse me? European ideals!?
But it doesn’t end there. Other notable quotes from that article stated that the Europeans view the “Tea Party Movement” as “far right wackos”, and that the current Republican Party had to take on the task of “stopping Palin if they wanted to prevent ‘their party from spinning unelectably (sic) to the right’ for 2012.”
But it’s not just the Europeans that are expressing their “disappointment” with us.
Denmark is wondering how someone like Sarah Palin, with so little political experience, could achieve so much more popularity than their favorite U.S. President of all time, Barack Obama.
I guess no one told the Danes that Palin was both a former mayor and governor of Alaska, as opposed to Obama, who spent less than a year as a senator before jumping into the presidential race.
The Australians accuse Americans of placing the blame on the current administration, which tried to “fix” the problems, as opposed to the Republicans who “caused them to being with”.
You got it backwards, Aussies.
The Middle East, while they have their own problems with Obama, still expressed hope for him, though they couldn’t resist a parting shot of their own against the Republicans…
“So like him or not (Obama), compared against the Grand Ol’ Party of self-serving cynics and Bible-thumping bigots, this president may still be the best bet for America — and the world.”
This coming from people who have a thing for chopping off people’s heads, torturing women and flying planes into buildings in the name of Allah.
China, which holds the vast majority of America’s debt, has expressed anger at the anti-Chinese tone expressed during the elections, especially the ad called “The Professor” which was aired by the “Citizens Against Government Waste” organization, in which it suggests that China will eventually make the U.S. “work for them”, and they angrily deny that their dubious trading practices have anything to do with our economic woes.
And Mexico, which prayed for a Democrat victory, especially in the light of Arizona’s new S.B 1070 law… well, I don’t know what they’re doing down there now, but I suspect it’s not “the hat dance” in celebration of the Republican sweep.
All of these countries have expressed their hopes that the Republicans would lose, even before the elections, as evidenced by this CNN Video, “World Keeps a Close Watch on U.S. Midterms”.
So… does the fact that “everyone” is so angry with us upset you? Are you bemoaning the fact that we Americans have “lost standing in the eyes of the world”?
Let me ask you something… who gives a damn?
I’ll tell you who doesn’t give a damn… me. In fact, I’ll even go as far to say that I’m glad that they’re ticked off at us. Why, you ask? Let me first ask you this question…
Why are Americans so damned obsessed with what the world thinks about us?
Psychiatrists (or psychotherapists, psychologists, headshrinkers, whatever the hell you call them) tell us that people who are obsessed with how others think about them never reach their full potential. They hold themselves back and model themselves into how they think that everyone believes they should be.
I don’t see how this line of logic can’t apply to nations as well.
I suspect that this was one of the underlying reasons why Obama was so popular during the elections in ’08… he was a charismatic representative of the views of so many Americans who grew up trained to hate themselves for not being as “caring, reasonable and sensible” as the Europeans.
However, what these self-hating Americans never seem to think about is exactly why our country is the most powerful and successful in the world. The answer is simple:
It’s because we’re not like the rest of the world. We are a nation made of immigrants whose earliest ancestors came from their respective countries because they didn’t want to be like their countrymen. They wanted to forge their own paths, create their own destinies, and not be confined to whatever they were told they had to do by their governments. That’s why they came here, and continue to do so to this day.
So when did this self-loathing start? I’ll admit that I don’t know for certain, but I suspect it started around the 60’s and gradually progressed from there.
I do know this much for certain; it’s been going on for too damn long.
Things are starting to look up a bit though, and by that I mean that “the world” is frowning on us again. They came so close to “reigning us in” under their influence, and now their hopes of turning us into “just another country of the world”, rather than an exceptional one, have been dashed.
It’s easy to get people to like you by “fitting in”, but if you’re ever going to release your true potential, sometimes you just have to prove that you’re better than everyone else and risk making a few enemies along the way. Jealousy is an ugly thing, but lowering your standards and potential in order to gain everyone else’s approval is even uglier.
As I said earlier, the same logic applies to nations as it does to individuals.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I’m glad the world is ticked off at us. The more they shake their heads and scream at us in outrage, the more I’m convinced that we’re going down the right path.
It’s time to stop obsessing at what the world thinks about us, and start unleashing our full potential. We did it before, we can do it again. Whose happiness is more important… ours, or theirs?
I pick ours.
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”… Winston Churchill
Fading Obamamania Leaves Europeans in a Funk: Mary Plummer, ABC News.com, 11/03/2010
The World Weighs in on the 2010 Midterm Elections: Joshua Norman, CBS News.com, 11/04/2010
Ad: China’s Going to Take Us Over (Updated): Emi Kolawole and Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post.com, 10/23/2010
Chinese Professor: YouTube Video, CAGWmedia, 10/20/2010
World Keeps Close Watch on U.S. Midterms: Video by CNN, 11/04/2010
Mexico Braces for U.S. Elections: Video by CNN, 11/02/2010