Los Americanos

by Ray @, Zihuatanejo, Mexico and Chicago, IL USA, Thursday, May 07, 2020, 13:37 (365 days ago) @ jay

Who cares? Apparently, you do since you "cared" enough to respond. There's a big difference between telling someone that you're from the United States (I say Chicago, Los Estados Unidos in Mexico), and identifying as an "American" when discussing nationality.

I'm retired U.S. Army and I've traveled the world. I'm proud to be American, regardless of who currently occupies the White House. You keep doing you and I will do the same. Cheers.

We've been meddling in the internal affairs of countries around the world for 75 years, 200 years in the Western Hemisphere, often violently; usually ineptly; almost always illegally and with poor-to-disastrous outcomes. Maybe it would be wise to step back and reconsider our imperialist ways. Maybe we're not the 'force for good in the world' like we pretend to be. Maybe we're not so exceptional after all. And maybe the rest of the world recognizes that and is tired of our interference. And maybe that's why 'Americans' are treated with disdain when they go abroad.

When I travel abroad, I am a tourist. Yes, an American tourist. I have never (as yet) been treated with "disdain" because of the decisions or actions taken by the U.S. government. I've discovered, especially when traveling in Mexico, that the locals are very capable of separating U.S government policies and actions from actual American tourists visiting their country. My motto: if you give respect, you will get respect. Works for me.

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