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How Many Of You Hate America?

August 21, 2009
By Eilina Sealtman SILVER, London, Other
Eilina Sealtman SILVER, London, Other
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The common view of things is often different from the reality. They can be twisted, beautiful images that shield us from the truth. Sometimes people should think of it not as a shield, but as a blindfold. Because a world superpower is taking steps too far. By consuming more fossil fuels than is necessary, by standing still and making no military progression when it was needed, and by waging war on a country and attacking soldier and civilians over a mere dispute for oil. This “great” country, is America.

Many people look to America and sigh with envy at “the American Dream” . However, that dream cannot last long, while America is guzzling up precious resources left on a rapidly crowding planet. These figures speak for themselves about the evident greed of America:

Coal > Production
531,822,000 ton

Coal consumption

Commercial energy use

Electric power consumption > kWh
3,920,613,000,000 kWh

Electricity > Consumption
3,892,000,000,000 kWh

Gasoline prices

Geothermal power use

Natural gas > Consumption
652,900,000,000 cu m

Natural Gasoline > Production
12,275,000 ton

Nuclear electricity generation
780.1 terawatt-hours

Nuclear energy consumption
821.1 terawatt-hours

Nuclear reactors operable

Oil > Consumption
20,680,000 bbl/day

Oil > Exports
1,165,000 bbl/day

Oil > Production
8,457,000 bbl/day

Oil imports > Net
10,400,000 barrels per day

Oil reserves
22,450,000,000 barrels

Usage per person
8.35 TOE per person

Wall plugs > Voltage
110 V

Wind energy installation
6,740 MW

These crimes are forgivable, as other nations are guilty of many similar crimes, such as Brazilians chopping down the Amazon. But global warming is not the most important aspect that we can hold against America. America has extorted countries beyond the point of recovery. Equador, for example, was reduced to a poor scrabbling wreck once America dealt out loans to them. Now Equador only has 5% of its national budget to spend on public services, whilst the rest of the money goes into paying off foreign aid, almost all of which goes to America. Is this right? Is it fair that Americans can bully nations? Furthermore. America threatens, assasinates, and then goes to war with the presidents of countries who refused to run their countries as they like. The war with Iraq is a simple example. America wanted oil. Iran refused to give for no good reason. Why should we just let them do this to us? Us as a world?
Oh yes, because they have guns!

The U.S.A government is a trigger-happy collection of murderous power figures, They do so much to the world, and yet they have nuclear arms and their military to point at other nations, and say “give me your money!” They succeeded for so long due to pure fear, but now other countries have the chance to strike back. America doesn't have all the power anymore. A single grain of rice can tip a scale. Somehow, America has set in a system which everybody likes. A system where people don't think. Where they impulsively buy items that will break very soon. In America, only 10% of items bought for a house are kept for more than a month, and only 5% of those remain for 6 months. America designs products to be made so they break as soon as possible, but will still leave the client with faith in the product, enough so to buy themselves more.

But who benefits from this system?

The aristocrats do. Right up in their trees, lording over us. There are bankers who awarded themselves millions of dollars in bonuses whilst creating a recession that would cripple thousands of struggling individuals around the world. This doesn't cause stress for people living on government benefits, but for the people who are just above the poverty line. America makes those people struggle and work every day. It does so by enforcing a system where the elite (namely money-posessing) people take hold. Can nothing be done to create a fair and happy world?

Well, there is something you can do. You can be fair. You can be smart, and you can think before reaching for your credit card while watching an auction channel. You can PAUSE and WAIT before buying that “wonderful new shave”. We have to know our limitations, and stretch them. Whoever is reading this, YOU are the workforce. You are the people economically enslaved. There is hope. You can work together towards goals such as Project Venus, Save The Forests, Oil Conservation, and Fairtrade. These small lifestyle changes will help you sleep at night. How can we sleep after reading this, knowing that we are only here through the turmoil and suffering of potentially hundreds of other men, women and children.

When a child reaches to the future, who will have the heart to say, “we've used it up, son.”

The author's comments:
Many of you will be enraged by this article. I mean no offence to any human being, merely a minority's actions. And if you can condemn a terrorist group, can you condemn a group of terrorist that don't use guns and use the American people to shield themselves?

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Alabian GOLD said...
on Aug. 27 2013 at 7:16 pm
Alabian GOLD, Limbo, Other
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"If you can fly, don't stop at the sky cause there are footprints on the moon" - Owl City

I'm sorry, but as a loyal American citizen, I cannot read this article with pleasure.

on Jul. 12 2013 at 1:47 pm
Miniterror GOLD, Yuma, Arizona
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"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

I must tell you that I am both a loyal American citizen and a devoted Christian. You have no idea how much the United States helps around the globe. I think it's ridiculous that you can say that it is our fault that Equador has gone into a political crisis. We give them the money and it becomes their responsibility to handle it after that. And when it comes to Brazil cutting down trees, I can understand your concern, but they need both wealth and land to rise up economically and politically. As far as military, do you realize how many weapon designs we get from the UK and other countries? You guys who are all hating on the U.S. who live in other countries; you are creating that military. As a matter of fact, a large number of Americans come from your countries to work here instead. We use our military for self-defense and the defense of our allies. Something you might want to know about is the fact that the war in Iraq was caused in an attempt to free the country from it's terrorist dictator. Our war in Afghanistan is an act of self-defense also, but not against Afghanistan...against al-Qaeda; the terrorist group responsible for the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001, where they killed thousands in an attempt to cripple our country; similar to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor before World War II. And, like then, we fought back. As far as pollution and fossil fuel consumption, I don't care. I believe that we must take advantage of every resource we have. If you can find a cheap and efficient way to use renewable energy, please do so. But until then, we will continue to use fossil fuels to keep our country strong. Also, as a Christian, I must point out the fact that the world was not made to last forever. Eventually it will have to run out of resources and we will have to move on without them. I know I will get a lot of rage from this comment, but please understand that America is trying to (and is in most places) help the world.

on Jul. 12 2013 at 12:58 pm
Miniterror GOLD, Yuma, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Thank you! Thank you very much. I understand we have made mistakes, but if we suddenly decided to stop helping other countries and quit using our military I can't imagine what might happen.

on Jul. 12 2013 at 12:50 pm
Miniterror GOLD, Yuma, Arizona
10 articles 1 photo 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

I want to know how many of you are Americans and/or Christian

on Jul. 1 2013 at 1:30 pm
ChickenLegHouse BRONZE, Brighton, Michigan
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CDHLegend, I agree with you on the most part, we have been great and I belive we can be again, but at the moment we are doing a little rough. Simran, you seem very angry, and that is of course, understandable. But take a second and look around, is the average American you see curupted and power hungry? By the looks of what I see people are just trying to make it by right now. And on the subject of thoughs 'unnecesary wars' I'm not going to get into the reasons behind them and all that; but just remember that it was our fathers, our brothers, and our husbands getting killed out there too. So don't you dare make it out like we went over there, crushed some lives, and then all made it home in one peice. Because we didn't, and I think you're smart enough to realize that.

AliMotamedi said...
on Jun. 7 2013 at 10:35 am
AliMotamedi, Ampang, Other
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i get the message and i agree with it, the problem with humans is that they think they should serve themsleves in the best way possible during the short life time that they have. but the right thing would be to help and work so we and others to come can live with ease and comfort. almost all ancient civilizations undestood this, and made our work much simpler!

on May. 13 2013 at 12:46 pm
prettysoccer_girl34 SILVER, Park City, Utah
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I'm an American and I totally agree with this article. It was well written and smartly presented. :) Good job 

Loticus said...
on May. 12 2013 at 9:26 pm
So we should stop fighting terrorism? We should be come a dictatorship? We should go even further in our debt to spend billions of dollars on researching eco-friendly energy alternatives? Stop helping minor countries?

on May. 11 2013 at 8:41 am
SimranRazdan GOLD, Hyderabad, Other
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Don't even go to the UN. That organization has lost it's meaning , acting like a lapdog to the country. It did nothing when America invaded Iraq because the superpower and biggest contributor cannot be opposed. Even the Guantanamo problem has not been solved because America created it and they have big guns. If this is called steps towards world democracy and global peace, then I have no idea who you're kidding calling the organization or the country democratic when both believe wholeheartedly in the policy of "power is might"

on May. 11 2013 at 8:34 am
SimranRazdan GOLD, Hyderabad, Other
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Of course everything is so hunky-dory now, with problems (and people) kicked out of the way. And obviously it's not your problem that the unnecessary war plundered hundreds of families because hey! You wanna reach the top. One question. How does it feel being "great" after all you guys have done? Is it lonely, cold , being at the top of the world? Cause you deserve it.

on May. 11 2013 at 8:29 am
SimranRazdan GOLD, Hyderabad, Other
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You are a freakishly huge country with a negligible population , genius.

on May. 11 2013 at 8:27 am
SimranRazdan GOLD, Hyderabad, Other
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They have plundered countries for greed, killed civilians (of other countries) in the name of democracy and have bullied at every given opportunity. If this is world's superpower, then I am glad I'm not a part of the coldest nation ever known to mankind.

on May. 10 2013 at 6:23 am
AnnabelLee423 SILVER, Somewhere, Other
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I believe it is easy to just blame America for the abjection of our world... The obvious victim, because America is everywhere.... Shouln't you, however, take a time to reconsider and wonder if England for example, could do something? Isn't it proper, first to blame ourselves and then the others? Perhaps if every nation stopped dropping accusations, we'd take this world to a different level...

John432 said...
on Apr. 26 2013 at 10:53 am
It's not right to say the country as a whole is wrong. It's the people in it; what they're doing.

Gav13 said...
on Apr. 18 2013 at 12:14 pm
America is a great country and we may have some problems but that doesn't mean you should hate America.

Vikki05 said...
on Mar. 20 2013 at 2:23 pm
You tell'em

on Mar. 14 2013 at 1:03 am
You know here in America we are trying to fix these problems. I totally agree with the global warming and all by the way. The thing is.... Most schools in America are trying to teach us teens about the future and how to make it better. Including stopping the problems that are distroying our homes. I think blaming all americans for the problems in the world is wrong. Yes some are at fault, but not me! Not my family! The thing is a lot of americans have a hard time believing these issues. How can we stop something that people cant seem to believe? Well thats my opionion. I like your courage to post yours!

Jarred74 said...
on Mar. 4 2013 at 12:10 am
America is the country all other countries turn to in times of need. We give billions in foreign aid to many countries even ones that hate us. Their governments waste the money given to them because they are corrupt. The United States of America is by far the best country on this broken world and you're a fool if you don't see it. If you were in one of many other countries you would not be alive right now because in most countries what you just did is treason which the penalty is death. In America we have freedom of speech. Also if we were to stop buying the economy would crash you would learn this in economics. We can't just all be hippies living off the land. The economy goes through cycles but always comes out stronger. Yes our government is screwed up but you know why because we put those people there. Our system isn't perfect but damn it's the best one out there. Get your head out of your ass.

on Mar. 2 2013 at 9:04 am
LinkinPark12 PLATINUM, Lincolnshire, Other
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Sorry, your article just implies that you're like: "OMG NOT AMERICA WE ARE PERFECT WE SHOULD NOT TAKE ANY BLAME". That's all.

natcac SILVER said...
on Mar. 1 2013 at 9:57 pm
natcac SILVER, Folsom, California
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I wasn't blaming only England.  It was just the fact that the article was written by someone from England and had titled it "How Many of You Hate America?".  My family is from England as well, and I am not specifically blaming England for pollution.  I was just retaliating.  I agree that pollution is caused by all the countries and is collective.