tazzari saidI haven't seen the show in question, so I may be off base, but "But if you're down on America, just think of it as "The Least Worst Country in the World." Or don't. Either way, we don't really give a crap' strikes me as profoundly defeated and defeatist - if I understand it correctly.
Are you implying that the US is beyond criticism? That there aren't large and important things that need re-examination and/or fixing?
When I was you it was "America - love it or leave it" - which was pretty stupid. if you love it, you fix it. And i do not think "least worst" is much to brag about. How about we work for something far better than that?
I'm not implying anything. I think what I said is pretty blunt.
I happen to think my mother is a great person, the greatest mother in the world. Is she perfect, no? Is she flawed, yes? I still believe she is the world's greatest mom. Do I care if others disagree? Not really, and as a matter of fact, I couldn't possibly care less.
Replace "mother" with "country" and you'll get my drift -- except I have more evidence to back up the claims about the country.
America and Americans have contributed too much to world progress (AND have far too much work left to do) to dwell on the constact bitching, complaining, negativity, back-biting, and criticism from America Derangement Syndrome do-nothings at home and abroad.
Far from me implying that America is beyond criticism, my statement indicates the exact opposite: every nation is flawed and makes mistakes. So what? The United States has done quite well on balance, especially compared to the rest of the world. Those who cannot see that have a personal problem; their negativity is not going to stop this nation or its people from working for a better America and a better world world, whatever mistakes are made along the way.
As far as the "least worst" being nothing to brag about, I beg to differ on that point alone (a convict in jail for tax fraud certainly has more to brag about than a convict in jail for molesting a 3 year-old), but I don't even believe that: I do think America is the world's greatest nation. But for those who DON'T or who think the USA is the best of a bad lot -- more power to 'em but I'm sure the rest of us don't care. *shrug*